Application Deadlines

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Need Access Application must be filed by March 1 for priority consideration of available funds. FAFSA applications received after the deadline will be processed in the order received. Need Access grant applications filed after the deadline will only be considered if funds remain following review of on-time requests.

While no action can be taken on your request for aid until you have been admitted, do not wait until your admission decision is received to submit your application(s).

Subscribe to Financial Aid Calendar

Add to Google calendar:
1. Copy this link: http://www.wcl.american.edu/wcl_events/event_vcalendar.cfm?calendar=1027
2. In Google Calendar click the down arrow next to Other calendars.
3. Select Add by URL and paste the link.

Add to Apple or Outlook Calendar:
1. Click here to to veiw the Financial Aid Office Event calendar.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “ICAL 2.0” button.  

Filing Deadlines

Date

Deadline Type

Document

Who

March 1st

Priority

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
www.fafsa.ed.gov

School Code: 001434

All (including incoming students not yet accepted)

March 1st

Absolute

Need Access Application
www.NeedAccess.org

All Seeking WCL Grants (including incoming students not yet accepted)

May 1st

Absolute

WCL Supplemental Information Form
Financial Aid Forms Page

Returning Students seeking WCL Grants

May 1st Priority Summer Aid Application
Financial Aid Forms Page
Summer Students
May 1st Priority

Apply for GradPlus Loans
StudentLoans.gov

Summer Students

July 1st

Priority

Apply for GradPlus Loans
StudentLoans.gov

Do not apply before June 1st
to avoid multiple credit checks.

Accepted Incoming and Returning Students

August 1st

Priority

Entrance Counseling
StudentLoans.gov

First-Time Borrowers at WCL

August 1st

Priority

Complete Both the Stafford and GradPlus Loan MPN
StudentLoans.gov

First-Time Borrowers

August 1st

Priority

Accept Your Awards
my.american.edu

Accepted Incoming and Returning Students

Absolute Deadline – If missed, processing is continued on an exceptional basis through appeal. Appeals must be submitted in writing.

Priority Deadline – Forms are processed in the order received; filing late may result in a delay of funds.

FAFSA & Need Access – New forms are available January 1st.

Summer Aid Application – New form is available in early spring. Notice is posted.

WCL Supplemental Information Form – New form is available in early spring. Notice is posted.

Applying for GradPlus & Private Loans – Apply by the deadline but not before June 1 (unless taking Summer classes) to avoid another credit check before loan certification/processing takes place.