Returning Students

How to Apply: 2021-2022 Academic Year

Returning students must reapply for need-based financial aid by completing the 2021-2022 Renewal FAFSA (for federal aid) and the 2021-2022 CSS Profile (for Wake Forest need-based scholarship funds) between October 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021.

Use 2019 federal income tax return data to complete the FAFSA. We strongly encourage using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA.

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

(Students applying for only federal financial aid should notify the Office of Student Financial Aid and should not submit the CSS Profile.)

Students who submit the 2021-2022 CSS Profile should submit 2019 tax documentation (federal tax return with all schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board’s IDOC service by February 1, 2021. Submission to IDOC is required even when the IRS Data Retrieval Tool was used to complete or correct the FAFSA.

To inquire about the status of your CSS Profile, call CSS at 844-202-0524.

Returning students with completed applications receive aid notifications before July 1.

Wake Forest makes every effort to maintain a similar level of financial assistance throughout all four years as long as a student’s family’s financial situation remains relatively unchanged. Significant changes in a family’s financial circumstances will result in an adjustment of a student’s award. Factors that can significantly reduce or eliminate aid eligibility include: a decrease in the number of family members simultaneously enrolled as undergraduate students, and increases in family income or assets.