Applying for Aid

If you think you will need financial assistance to meet the direct or indirect costs associated with your graduate education, you will need to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Submit your FAFSA each academic year, no earlier than October 1st for the following academic year. For example, if you plan to pursue your graduate studies between August 2020 and May 2021, select the 2020-2021 school year on the FAFSA website. If applicable, have your prior year's W-2s and tax returns available. The financial aid priority deadline is March 15th, though your FAFSA can be processed at any time before the start of your classes.
  • The RWU Title IV code number is 003410. Please use this code to ensure your FAFSA is sent directly to us.
  • You will be required to complete a FAFSA each year and may also be asked to provide the Office of Financial Aid with a copy of your previous year’s IRS tax transcript and W-2 forms. All graduate students are considered to be independent; parents’ financial information is not considered when determining eligibility for financial aid. By applying early, however, you ensure that you will be considered for all available assistance.

Your initial financial aid package will be made available to you following admission to your intended graduate program. Your initial package will be based on your intended course load at the time of application and is subject to change upon formal registration in courses.