Follow this process to apply for financial 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 you pay for college.

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, 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.

Learn more about Washburn 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

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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.

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.


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 notice

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.

Award decision

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.

Special circumstances

If special circumstances have occurred that have significantly affected you or your parents' income and are not reflected on your FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office at 785.670.1151 or

Financial aid disbursement

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 nine credit hours for graduates). If you do not enroll full-time, certain funds may be adjusted or unable to disburse.

Financial aid refunds

Visit the Business Office online for more information about financial aid refunds.


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

Phone & Email
Ph: 785-670-1151
Fax: 785-670-1079

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