Financial Aid Deadlines 2018-19

2018-2019

For domestic students applying for financial aid, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  This is a must since the FAFSA is the foundation application to apply for all federal and state grant, work-study and Federal Direct loans.  While the FAFSA is not required to obtain university-sponsored scholarships, students and families are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA in order to maximize their eligibility for financial assistance. To use an example, a freshman domestic student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher automatically receives a university-sponsored Merit Scholarship of $18,000 per year, or an automatic discount of about 47%. This same student, if eligible for federal and state (Cal Grant) financial aid and if the family qualifies for a Zero Expected Family Contribution (again, completing the FAFSA is essential), would receive at Woodbury University a total financial aid package of over $34,000, equivalent to an 88% discount from the gross tuition.

Deadlines

Know what to submit and by when—so you get the maximum aid you are eligible to receive.

Prospective New Students

FormsFAFSAGPA Verification FormFederal IRS Tax Transcript & W-2's
Early Decision DeadlineFebruary 1March 2November 15
Regular Decision DeadlineFebruary 1March 2March 15

Current/Returning Students

FormsFAFSAFederal IRS Tax Transcript & W-2'sWoodbury Financial Aid Request Form
Application DeadlineMarch 2April 3April 3

Instructions

Prospective or New Students

Financial aid instructions and deadlines below are for domestic students applying to Woodbury University.

Students interested in only receiving federal and state grant and loan assistance need only complete the FAFSA.

Priority Decision Applicants

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Deadline: February 1

  • Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning October 1, referencing Woodbury Code 001343, if you wish to be considered for federal and state aid programs, and we will receive a copy of the results.

FAFSA

Note: You and your parents do not need to wait to complete federal income tax returns to complete a FAFSA. Due to recent changes students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. On the 2018-19 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2016 income and tax information, rather than their 2017 income and tax information. For the 2019-20 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2017 income and tax information, rather than their 2018 income and tax information. This new feature will allow students and parents to report final, accurate income information on the FAFSA as the vast majority of families will have already completed their tax returns. We strongly suggest to use the FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transmit you and your parents’ income tax return information from the Internal Revenue Service to your FAFSA.

California Residents Only

Cal Grant
Deadline: March 2

  • Submit Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Provide this form to your high school counselor or college registrar well before this deadline to allow time for processing. Document must be postmarked no later than March 2.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

Cal Grant Supplemental Documents
Deadline: March 15

The following supplemental documents, if requested, should be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office:

  • Copy of IRS tax transcript from the Internal Revenue Service* including W-2s and 1099s from you and your parent(s).
  • Signed final copy of any Corporate Federal Tax Returns with all K-1s (if applicable) for any corporation(s) in which you or your parents have an investment.
  • Signed final copy of any Partnership Federal Tax Return(s) with all K-1s (if applicable) for any partnership(s) in which you or your parents have an investment.
  • Submit Verification Worksheet for Dependent Student

Dependent Student Form

  • Submit Verification Worksheet for Independent Student 

Independent Student Form

* If you and/or your parent(s) file an amended federal tax return with the IRS, you must forward a signed copy of the amended IRS 1040X form to the Office of Financial Aid.

Instructions

Current or Returning Students

Students must reapply for need-based financial aid each academic year. It is important that you reapply for financial aid on time and meet all deadlines. Students who submit application materials past the deadlines are at risk of losing eligibility for institutional financial aid. Applications are reviewed between May and July for all returning students. Award notifications are sent out beginning in May.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Deadline: March 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to be considered for federal and state aid programs. Your Renewal FAFSA is partially completed with information you submitted last year; update the information and submit it. Enter Woodbury’s school code, 001343, on your application and we will receive a copy of your results.

Renewal FAFSA

Cal Grant
Deadline: March 2

  • Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (required only for first-year California residents who are NOT currently receiving the Cal Grant). Current first-year students must submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms to their high schools for certification because they may not yet have established a GPA at Woodbury University.

Cal Grant GPA Verification

Cal Grant Supplemental Documents
Deadline: March 15

The following supplemental documents, if requested, should be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office:

  • Copy of IRS tax transcript from the Internal Revenue Service* including W-2s and 1099s from you and your parent(s).
  • Signed final copy of any Corporate Federal Tax Returns with all K-1s (if applicable) for any corporation(s) in which you or your parents have an investment.
  • Signed final copy of any Partnership Federal Tax Return(s) with all K-1s (if applicable) for any partnership(s) in which you or your parents have an investment.
  • Submit Verification Worksheet for Dependent Student

Dependent Student Form

  • Submit Verification Worksheet for Independent Student 

Independent Student Form

* If you and/or your parent(s) file an amended federal tax return with the IRS, you must forward a signed copy of the amended IRS 1040X form to the Office of Financial Aid.