If you wish to apply for need-based aid, including the MFA need-based grant and Unsubsidized federal loan, our office requires you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

The FAFSA uses both your and your spouse’s information (if applicable) to calculate your eligibility for federal student financial aid such as grants and loans.  For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, the Department of Education requires students to use 2018 federal income tax information.

We recommend that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the FAFSA to upload your tax information directly from the IRS.

If you DO NOT use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be required to submit an official IRS 2018 Tax Return Transcript to the Financial Aid office. (Click here to request a Tax Return Transcript).

You must have a FSA ID and password in order to file the FAFSA. Please safeguard your FSA ID credentials as they will be used to file a renewal FAFSA in subsequent years.  The FSA ID also serves as your electronic signature for educational loans. If you do not have a FSA ID, create one by clicking here.

The 2019-2020 FAFSA can be filed online any time after October 1st at Please make sure that you sign the FAFSA electronically using your FSA ID in order to avoid processing delays.

Warren Wilson College’s school code is 002979.

File the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from July 2019 to June 2020.

File the 2020-2021 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from July 2020 to June 2021.


PLEASE NOTE:   In order to be considered for a need-based MFA Grant, your FAFSA must be processed by April 15th for the July-December semester, and by October 15th for the January-June semester.  If you would like to be considered for a need-based grant, please keep in mind that once you submit the FAFSA, it can take up to 5 days to be processed! Please plan accordingly and don’t wait too long to file!