Important Dates

The first step? Complete the appropriate forms – as early as possible to be eligible for maximum aid.

  • All applicants who are requesting aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and February 1. The FAFSA is available online at Our FAFSA code is 003410.

Here’s a quick timeline to help you get organized:


  • October 1: The FAFSA is available online - and the sooner it is completed the better off you are (due by 2/1)


  • Start looking at payment plans and external scholarship options
  • Notification of acceptance and merit-based scholarship awards are sent to students who have applied Early Action
  • Financial aid packages are mailed to all Early Action accepted students


  • February 1: RWU application for regular decision admission is due
  • February 1: FAFSA is due


  • Notification of acceptance and merit scholarship awards are sent to students who have applied Regular Decision
  • Financial aid packages are mailed to all accepted students


  • Work on payment options – tuition and room deposits are due on May 1
  • Update FAFSA using IRS Data Retrieval Tool or submit Federal Tax Return Transcripts to Financial Aid office


  • May 1: All financial Aid award letters must be signed and returned to RWU by this date
  • May 1: Tuition deposit is due
  • May 1: Room deposit is due
  • Submit any parent Federal PLUS and other private loan applications according to application instructions
  • Complete Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling

June, July and August:

  • June 1: If you have opted for a tuition payment plan, payments begin on this date
  • Finalize any additional outside funding options, celebrate your student’s high school graduation and enjoy the summer helping them get ready to go to RWU!
  • Orientation
  • Move in Day!