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Student Financial Assistance

Filing Your FAFSA

Filing a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA


Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, is the key to determining whether you are eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans.

Even if you think you may not qualify for federal aid, the information you provide on the FAFSA is often the basis for determining non-need based aid eligibility. WKU requires a student complete the FAFSA before he/she can be employed on campus.

Because financial and family circumstances can change from year to year, you must complete the FAFSA each year that you need aid.

To log into certain U.S. Department of Education websites including you will need an FSA ID. To create an FSA ID (user name and password) please follow the steps here.

To renew the FAFSA online—Go to FAFSA on the Web or and log in with your FSA ID to access your original FAFSA. The answers from your original application are prefilled, and you need to enter only the information that has changed.


Fill out the FAFSA Online

The way to make sure your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is processed quickly is to fill it out on the FAFSA Web site as soon after January 1 as possible.

It's fast. You will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within 2 weeks (or only three to five days if a student e-mail address is provided).It's secure. When FAFSA information is transmitted over the Internet, it is completely secure. The same technology that protects credit card transactions over the Internet is used to make sure that your data remains confidential. In fact, sending an application over the Internet is as safe as mailing a paper form.It's easy. You are asked only the questions you need to answer. Questions that don't apply to you are skipped, making the online application quick to fill out. Extensive online help is also available.It's accurate.  Your information is entered exactly as you typed it in.

Complete your FAFSA now!

By listing Western Kentucky University (Title IV Code: 002002) on your FAFSA, we will receive your information electronically for award processing.

Deadline for FAFSA

Complete your application as soon after January 1 as possible. Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, an early application receives priority consideration for limited funding sources, such as the Kentucky state grant CAP.


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 Last Modified 5/7/15