First-year and Freshman Transfer

How to Apply: 2017-18 Academic Year

Step 1:

To apply for federal financial aid, complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (using Wake Forest’s Federal Title IV Code: 002978) between October 1, 2016 and November 15, 2016 for Early Decision, or between October 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II.  It is important that you use your official 2015 tax return to complete the FAFSA.

The easiest way to complete or correct your FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool found at Most tax filers will be able view their tax return information and transfer it directly to the FAFSA. Using IRS Data Retrieval will prevent your having to request an IRS Tax Transcript, to satisfy Federal Verification requirements.

Important Note:  You will need to create a federal ID, rather than using a PIN.  Follow the instructions outlined in this document to create your ID:  Federal ID Procedures

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers a guide: Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid.

To inquire about the status of your FAFSA, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243. 

Step 2:

To apply for Wake Forest need-based scholarship funds, complete the 2017-18 CSS/PROFILE (using Wake Forest’s CSS Code: 5885) between October 1, 2016 and November 15, 2016 for Early Decision, or between October 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II.  Complete the application on-line by clicking on the link above.  (If you are only applying for federal financial aid funds, then you do not have to complete the CSS Profile.)

To inquire about the status of your Profile, you may call CSS at (305) 420-3670.

If your parents are separated or divorced, you and the parent with whom you live (the “custodial” parent) must complete the CSS PROFILE. Your other parent (the “noncustodial” parent) must complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE. If you indicate on the CSS registration form that your parents are separated or divorced, an e-mail from CSS will automatically be sent to you. You should forward this e-mail to your noncustodial parent and request that he or she complete the Noncustodial Profile online, and submit the required supporting documents (2015 income tax returns, including all schedules, W-2 wage statements, and any applicable S-Corporation or partnership returns). You may also give CSS your noncustodial parent’s e-mail address, and CSS will notify your parent directly of the Noncustodial Profile requirement. Your financial aid application cannot be processed until this information is received by CSS. If either parent is remarried, information about the spouse’s income, assets, and dependents residing with the family must also be included.

Students who cannot afford to pay the CSS Profile application fee may be eligible for a fee waiver from the College Scholarship Service.  For more detailed information, visit CSS/PROFILE Fee Waiver FAQ.  Wake Forest does not provide individual fee waivers.

Step 3:

All students, parents, and stepparents must submit (via electronic upload or a mailed packet of paper) copies of official 2015 federal income tax forms (including all schedules, W-2 wage statements, partnership tax returns and schedules, and S-corporation tax returns and schedules. (This is required, even if you use IRS Data Retrieval to complete or correct the FAFSA.)

Noncustodial parents (and their spouses, if applicable) are also required to submit all applicable tax forms. If your parents did not file income taxes, they are required to submit the Parent(s) Non-Tax Filer Certification.

Tax documents should be submitted to the College Scholarship Service (CSS) of The College Board by November 15, 2016 for Early Decision, or by January 1, 2017 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II. You will receive instructions after you have completed the PROFILE application online. If you mail a packet of paper, always attach the IDOC cover sheet, available for downloading on the IDOC website.  Be sure to include your parents’ and your Social Security Numbers on the cover sheet.  Failure to do so will significantly delay determination of your eligibility for financial aid.

After reviewing application materials, the Office of Student Financial Aid may determine that additional information is needed. The office will contact you to request any additional documentation needed to process your aid application. If you receive a request for additional information, respond promptly to avoid delaying your application.  Please return all additional information directly to Student Financial Aid.

First-year applicants who meet these deadlines will receive an award notification as early as December 1 (Early Decision), February 15 (Early Decision II), or April 1 (Regular Decision).

If you need to submit any documents directly to Wake Forest, please send them to the following address:

Office of Student Financial Aid
PO Box 7246
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7246

For overnight deliveries, our street address is:

Office of Student Financial Aid
Reynolda Hall, Room 4
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106