Follow this process to apply for financial aid

Financial aid does not have to be complicated when you take it one step at a time. You can also find the steps in this financial aid game.

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1. Apply for admission & scholarships

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

  • If you are graduating from high school, you will be automatically considered for a freshman academic scholarship. For more information on freshman academic scholarships and additional Washburn scholarships, please visit our scholarship information. Students receiving discounted tuition through Washburn Tech are not eligible for Admissions scholarships, but can apply for department scholarships.
  • Students who transfer from a two year college, you will be automatically considered for a transfer academic scholarship. For more information on transfer academic scholarships and additional Washburn scholarships, please visit our scholarship information. Students who previously attended a 4-year institution or technical school are not eligible for Admissions scholarships, but can apply for department scholarships.


2. Complete the FAFSA

Complete the 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 1
  • Washburn's priority date: November 15
    • The priority date is used to award limited supplemental funds to eligible students.

Washburn's Federal School Code is 001949

How to apply

Watch a video of how to complete the FAFSA using the mobile app.

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3. Review state aid available for Kansas residents

  • Review scholarships and grants available through the Kansas Board of Regents.
    • Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant
    • Kansas Comprehensive Grant
    • Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
    • Kansas Military Service Scholarship
    • Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance
    • Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
    • Kansas State Scholarship
    • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
    • Kansas ROTC Service Scholarship
    • Kansas Career Work Study

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Summer financial aid

To apply for summer aid, you must have a valid FAFSA on file for the applicable academic year and must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Complete the Summer Aid Application to have your federal financial aid eligibility reviewed for the summer semester. The application becomes available mid-late spring, prior to the start of the summer semester.

Federal Pell Grants for the summer semester are dependent upon factors such as enrollment, EFC, Budget and Pell eligibility.

If you received the full amount of Pell during the fall and spring semesters, you might be eligible for year-round Pell. Please note, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to be eligible for year-round Pell. If you drop below 6 credit hours you will no longer be eligible for year-round Pell.

Federal loans for the Summer semester are dependent upon factors such as enrollment, FAFSA EFC (Expected Family Contribution), budget and annual/aggregate loan limits.

You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours as an Undergraduate student or 3 credit hours as a Graduate/Law student to be eligible for loans for the Summer.

Please review the annual and aggregate loan limits.


Verification

To ensure accurate information is used, FAFSA selects one in every three 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.

Award requirements

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.

Financial aid award offer

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.

Award offers can be viewed on the Financial Aid Dashboard. The link is located on the Financial Services tab of your MyWashburn account.

Award decision

Once you have received your financial aid award offer, 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 the Financial Aid Dashboard. The link is located on the Financial Services tab of your MyWashburn account.

Special circumstances

If there has been a change to you or your parents' (or spouse's) income, household size, marital status or other circumstances that are not reflected on your FAFSA please consider completing a Request for Review of Special Circumstances Form. If you have any questions please contact the Financial Aid Office at 785.670.1151 or financialaid@washburn.edu.

Financial aid disbursement

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

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

Financial aid refunds

If the amount of funds disbursed is more than your current charges it may result in a refund. Visit the Business Office website for more information about financial aid refunds.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785-670-1151
Fax: 785-670-1079
financialaid@washburn.edu

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