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Financial Aid

Apply for Aid

Financial aid doesn’t have to be complicated when you take it one step at a time. Understand the process of applying for aid to help pay for college.

Application Process


To receive financial aid, you must be admitted into a degree-bound program at Washburn. Apply now!

If you are graduating from high school, be sure to complete the Freshman Academic Scholarship Application to be considered for scholarships!

If you are transferring to Washburn in the fall semester, you may qualify for academic scholarships. We will review your transfer work to determine eligibility – no scholarship application is needed.

Find out more about Washburn scholarships


Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for financial aid. The application uses student, spouse, and/or parent income information to determine eligibility.

Becomes available October 1st each year.

Washburn’s FAFSA priority Date is November 15th. The priority date is used to award limited supplemental funds to eligible students.

Create an FSA ID to electronically sign and transfer tax information to your application. If your FAFSA requires parent information, your parent will also need an FSA ID.

How to Create Your FSA ID

How to Fill Out the FAFSA


Review scholarships and grants available through the Kansas Board of Regents.


To apply for summer aid, you must have a valid FAFSA on file for the applicable academic year, and complete a Summer Financial Aid Application, which becomes available late spring prior to the start of the summer semester.

Awards are based on your enrollment level and remaining annual federal aid eligibility.

Financial Aid Requirements


To ensure accurate information is used, FAFSA selects 1 in every 3 students for a process called “verification”. The selection may be at random, or may be due to information that appears conflicting on your application. 

If selected, the Financial Aid Office will send you notification of the necessary documentation needed. Be sure to submit any requested documentation as soon as possible to avoid delay of your financial aid award offer.


Pay special attention to your Financial Aid Requirements, located under the Financial Services section of MyWashburn for any tasks you may need to complete.

If accepting federal loans, you must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note to receive these funds.

Understanding Your Awards


If you are a first-time student, a paper award letter will be mailed to you. As a continuing student, notice of your awards will be sent to your Washburn email account.

Financial aid awards can be found under the Financial Services tab of your MyWashburn account.


Once you have received your financial aid award notice, review the different types of aid that have been offered to you.

You will need to select the awards you would like to accept/decline on your MyWashburn account under the Financial Services tab.


If special circumstances have occurred that have significantly affected you or your parent’s income, which is not reflected on your FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office at (785) 670-1151 or financialaid@washburn.edu.

Receiving Your Aid


Financial aid is applied to your tuition, fees, housing, and/or book charges approximately one week before classes begin.

If you are a first-time loan borrower, these funds will apply toward your balance 30 days after the start of the semester.

If you are attending only one semester of the academic year, or the summer semester, loans must be applied in two equal disbursements – the first at the start of the semester and the second at the midpoint.

Financial aid awards are based on full-time enrollment (12 credit hours for undergraduates and 9 credit hours for graduates). If you do not enroll full-time, certain funds may be adjusted or unable to disburse.


If your financial aid awards exceed your balance with Washburn University, the remaining funds will be issued to you as a refund.

Click here for more information about financial aid refunds.

Complete the FAFSA

When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please add Washburn University’s federal school code of 001949.

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Financial Aid Forecaster

Understand your options for paying for college. Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.