Financial Aid

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Financial Aid Awarding Process

FAFSA applications at UNCW are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis contingent upon acceptance to the university. You must be admitted to a degree or approved certificate program at UNCW before your financial aid application can be considered.

If you will be applying for aid at UNCW, please include your Social Security Number on your Application for Admission or update your SSN with their office accordingly. Though noted as optional on the application, this information is required by the federal government to process any financial aid awards. Please indicate that you want your FAFSA released to UNCW, school code 002984.

For priority consideration of limited need-based federal, state, and institutional funding, the FAFSA application should be filed by the established priority deadlines of January 1 (fall), October 1 (spring) and April 1 (summer).  You will be notified of your financial aid award once we receive the results of your FAFSA and other required forms. 

Once UNCW has received a copy of your FAFSA, an award offer will be electronically sent to the student. If additional information is required in order to process the financial aid award, known as verification, the student will receive notification via email and through the student portal, SeaNet.

Please note: Students classified as non-degree auditors, special students, or visitors are not eligible for most financial aid. Instead, they can consider private/non-federal loans. Audited courses are not eligible for Title IV aid, nor are courses that are repeated for the second time.