Divorced/Separated Parents

Wake Forest’s policy for determining financial need is based on the principle that both parents have a responsibility to contribute to the costs of education. Wake Forest requires financial information from both the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent to determine eligibility for institutional aid.

The custodial parent and spouse (if applicable) must file both the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA. The noncustodial parent and spouse (if applicable) are required to submit the online CSS Noncustodial PROFILE. When you complete your Profile registration, the College Board will notify you that Wake Forest requires the Noncustodial PROFILE. You will receive an e-mail that explains this requirement, which you should share with your noncustodial parent. This e-mail will provide a link to the Noncustodial Profile website, with login instructions for your noncustodial parent.

Both parents and stepparents are required to submit their federal income tax returns, including all relevant schedules, and W-2 wage statements, to the College Board.