Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid 101

    Find all you need to get financial aid, when you need to do it — and how we help you!

    Financial Aid Awarded in 2011-12

    Use the timeline on this page to help you apply for aid.



    Apply for Aid

    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your FREE, one-stop shop for all federal, state + JWU aid.

    6 Reasons to File Your FAFSA
    1. It’s the ONLY way to determine if you are eligible for federal + state aid.
    2. It’s FREE.
    3. It takes just 30 minutes.
    4. Eligible students can apply:
      • High school students
      • Transfer students
      • Graduate students
      • Adult Learners
      • Veterans
    5. There’s no obligation to accept student loans.
    6. If you have financial need you may qualify for grants.
    FAFSA Tips
    • FAFSA Tutorials on YouTube
    • If required, complete the verification process by submitting tax transcripts and verification worksheet(s).
    • 30 days after filing your taxes you can import your tax data directly to your FAFSA using the IRS’ Data Retrieval Tool.
    • After you file, review your Student Aid Report (SAR) to make corrections.
    TIP: Filing early increases your chances for qualifying for aid.  



    Get Your Aid Package

    Next, you’ll receive your preliminary aid package.

    Our aid packages may include a combination of loans + grants — and possibly scholarships (which you don’t have to repay).


    Loans allow you to borrow money for school. They are legal obligations – and you must repay them, with interest.

    Talk to your JWU financial planner about loan options, repayment plans and managing debt.

    Subsidized and or Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
    “Subsidized” means that the federal government pays the interest while you’re in school.

    Perkins Loans
    Awarded to students:

    • With the greatest need

    Federal Direct Parent PLUS Low-interest loan. You must be a:

    • Parent, stepparent or legal guardian
    • US citizen or eligible noncitizen

    Tuition Reimbursement
    Check with your employer’s human resources department to see if they have a tuition assistance program.

    Private Loans
    We recommend that you exhaust ALL grant, scholarship and federal loan options prior to obtaining a private loan.

    Earned money (Federal Work Study)

    Based on financial need, you can earn extra money in college – working part-time work on campus and with select community service organizations – through this limited federal program.

    Average combined aid package: $20,898  



    Financial Planner

    Your JWU financial planner guides you through every step of paying for college, and helps you:

    • Understand your aid package
    • Translate financial terms + aid types
    • Understand the verification process
    • Review tuition + fees
    • Discuss payment plan options — monthly, term, loans
    • Appeal for additional resources

    Once you receive your aid package, you will be sent your planner's contact info.

    All JWU students get a financial planner.



    Complete Forms

    Once you decide to enroll at JWU, complete these quick steps:

    1. Submit your reservation fee
    2. Are you receiving the Federal Direct Loan?  


    TIP: Review your invoice with your annual charges + financial aid.

    JWU scholarships are available for transfers and international students.



    Payment Plan

    You’re almost a JWU Wildcat– just a few more steps. You will receive info so you can:

    1. Finalize your payment plan
    2. Finalize your housing plans
    3. Submit all requested financial aid forms (by the appropriate deadlines)
    Set up a JWU payment plan.

    Raise Your Financial IQ

    Once you are accepted, you will have full access to iGrad, a financial literacy site.