Applying for Aid

If you are planning to use financial assistance as a means of paying your tuition, you will need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How to Create an Federal Student Aid(FSA) ID

  1. Go to StudentAid.GOV and click on the Create Account
  2. Create a username and password
  3. Enter your name, date of birth, social security number, contact information, and challenge questions
  4. Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
  5. Confirm your email address and mobile number by using the secure codes, they will be sent to your email address and text to your phone.

Helpful Hint #1

The FAFSA opens for the new school year on October 1st. Please submit your FAFSA as soon as possible; some grants are first come, first serve. The FAFSA can be located at StudentAid.GOV, click on “Apply for Aid”, then click on “Complete the FAFSA Form.”

Helpful Hint #2

Enter the federal school code of those schools that you would like to receive your information. North Carolina Wesleyan University Title IV school code is: 002951

Helpful Hint #3

Before starting your FAFSA, here’s a list of Items you will need:

  • Student’s W2’s and 1040
  • Student’s State ID/ Driver’s License
  • Students and Parents’ Social Security Numbers
  • Parent’s W2’s and 1040
  • Student’s list of Applicable Schools (and housing status)
  • Current bank account balances, investments, and business net worth

Helpful Hint #4

Pay special attention to the questions regarding income. Based on the response from the income questions, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The IRS DRT allows users to link their IRS Tax Return to their FAFSA. You will need to use the FSA ID and password to help you link it. You will need to enter the information exactly how it was entered on the Tax Return.

If you don’t have the option of using the IRS DRT, you will need to have your Tax Return and follow the instructions on the financial portion of the FAFSA.

Helpful Hint #5

You should save all documentation and all other materials used in completing the application on hand, as you may need to provide them later. The process for providing this information is called “verification”. The Financial Aid Office and a 3rd party verification company will email you if verification is required. (look for email from