Freshmen and Transfer Students

NOTE: The CSS Profile and FAFSA are only necessary if you are seeking need based financial aid. Merit funds are evaluated and awarded by the Office of Admission.

We have a separate application deadline for the CSS Profile and FAFSA to create financial aid estimates for Early Decision (ED) Students. Any ED student who did not complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA in the fall but who still wants to apply for financial aid must also complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile prior to March 1st. A table is at the bottom of this page that will outline the priority dates based on your classification.

Every student applying to W&M is encouraged to apply for financial aid, and the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal aid.  Entering freshmen and transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the CSS Profile to receive consideration for state and institutional aid programs. We DO NOT require the CSS Non-Custodial Form. The College Board has information on the process of completing the CSS Profile (1-844-202-0524).

We do not have a separate institutional aid application. However, for undergraduate applicants, we frequently ask for additional documentation after we have reviewed your processed FAFSA and Profile. Please submit any requested documents as soon as possible after we request them (generally we look for a two week turn around). Delay in submission could limit your eligibility for grant funds.

FAFSA

Submit your FAFSA application electronically at www.fafsa.gov. Our federal school code is 003705. If you do not have a FSA User ID and password (see below), make sure you print out and submit the signature page to FAFSA. Your FAFSA will not be processed without signatures. Please note that mailing the paper FAFSA/signatures to FAFSA will delay the time it takes for your FAFSA to be processed and submitted to William & Mary. Submission using FAFSA On The Web is the preferred method. The FAFSA was available starting on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year. We strongly encourage that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA.

If you have not previously done so, we urge you to obtain a FSA User ID and password before you start the FAFSA application process. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to obtain a FSA User ID and password. If you have difficulty with the FAFSA or setting up the FSA User ID and password, you may need to contact FAFSA (1-800-433-3243). Your FSA User ID can be used to make any needed FAFSA corrections and to monitor your status with federal aid programs. You will also be able to use it to sign certain Master Promissory Notes for Direct Student and Parent loans.

CSS Profile

Our CSS Profile school code is 5115. Select "Fall 2017/Spring 2018." You should set aside a considerable amount of time for collecting and organizing your financial information and completing the Profile. While completing the Profile, DO NOT USE your browser's back button.

Please note that we DO NOT require the supplemental non-custodial information form.

Transfer students DO need to complete the Profile. If you are an applicant for Spring 2017, please make sure you submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA for the 2016-17 academic year (applications for both years are available at this time).

There are several records you should have on hand when completing the FAFSA and Profile:

  1. Your prior prior year (2015 for the 2017-18) federal tax return and, depending on your status as a dependent or independent student, that of your parents or spouse. You should not need your state taxes.
  2. Other records such as W-2 forms, business and farm records, and bank statements.
  3. Leave and Earnings Statement for military personnel.

*Note: If the above records are not available when you file the FAFSA and Profile, you should use estimates. Do not miss the priority filing dates!

Students submitting the FAFSA, and CSS Profile by the following dates are given first priority in determining eligibility:

Filing Summary Table
Classification Priority Date Final Filing Date
Early Decision 11/15 12/12
Regular Decision 2/1 3/1
Transfer (fall) 3/1 3/1
Transfer (spring) 11/15 11/15
Continuing *Do NOT File the CSS Profile* 4/15 n/a

Applications received after these dates WILL NOT be guaranteed grant consideration. Funds are LIMITED, so apply on time!

When your FAFSA has been processed, you will be emailed a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a summary of the information submitted to the processor. Please review it and make any needed corrections. Corrections are best made using the FAFSA web application. Do not mail this form to the financial aid office. Instead, keep it for your own records. W&M will receive the same information electronically, assuming that you designated us as one of the schools to receive your data (by using school code 003705). Questions concerning your SAR should be directed to the federal processor at 1-800-433-3243.