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Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed every academic year a student is interested in federal financial aid.  Please note some state and scholarship programs require the student have a valid FAFSA on file each year. 

What Should You Do First?

See "Preparing for the FAFSA" for steps you should take, documents you should prepare, and information you will need.

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When Should You Apply?

It is recommended you complete the FAFSA early.

  • The FAFSA becomes available October 1 for the following academic year (example: October 1, 2017 for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
  • The priority deadline to file is March 1 for the upcoming academic year to receive the best financial aid offer available to you.  However, the  FAFSA may still be completed after March 1 for consideration for some federal grant and loans.
  • FAFSAs submitted after March 1 will not be considered for certain types of aid, such as the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or Federal Work Study.
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Where Do You File the FAFSA?

The FAFSA can be completed online at fafsa.ed.gov.

The FAFSA allows you to submit your information to up to ten different institutions.  Within the FAFSA you can search by name or by the school code 003827 for WVU to be listed as one of the institutions to receive your FAFSA information.

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Do You Need to Provide Parent Information on the FAFSA?

Most students are considered dependent for federal aid purposes, which means parent information must be included on the FAFSA.  Visit studentaid.ed.gov to determine if you are dependent or independent or find more details on which parent's information should be reported on the FAFSA (if parents are divorced).

If your parents refuse to provide information for your FAFSA, you may be eligible for limited unsubsidized loan eligibility if your parent(s) complete the "Parent Refusal to Provide Financial Support" form available on the Forms section of our website.

If you have no contact with your parents, don't know where they live, or have left home due to an abusive situation, complete your FAFSA without their information, then submit a "Request for Review of Dependency Status" form available on the Forms section of our website.

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What Happens After You Submit the FAFSA?

  • You can monitor the status of your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.
  • You will receive a summary of the data you submitted called the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education (via email if you provided an email address on the FAFSA).  It does not tell you how much aid you will receive, but it does list if you may need to make corrections to your FAFSA or if you have been selected for verification of data provided on the FAFSA.
  • WVU will also send notification to you via your student MIX email if you need to make corrections to your FAFSA or have been selected for verification and need to submit additional documentation.  See Unsatisfied Requirements for more information.

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When Will You Receive a Financial Aid Offer?

If a FAFSA is received and there are not any unsatisfied requirements preventing the institution from reviewing you for financial aid eligibility, award notifications begin in December for the following academic year. 

New, incoming students are notified starting in December with an award letter mailed to the permanent address on their STAR account. 

Returning students are notified starting in March via their student MIX email.

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