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Instructions for Applying for Financial Aid at Walsh University

Completing the FAFSA

All students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to apply for Federal and State aid. You may access an electronic FAFSA (FAFSA on the Web) application online (see below for information regarding your PIN number). FAFSA on the Web is for both initial and renewal applications.

FAFSA results will automatically be forwarded to Walsh University by the federal government as long as our School Code (003135) is listed. Many funds are awarded on a first-come/first-served basis. Students must meet the February 14th priority deadline for financial aid reward.

The Supplemental Application

Please read and respond to all requested information on The Walsh University Application for Financial Aid and return it to The Student Service Center. This in-house application is available through the file gallery on the main Financial Aid homepage. Students must meet the February 14th priority deadline for financial aid reward.

Applying for State Aid

You will automatically apply for Ohio State Grants by completing the FAFSA. You (and your parents, if dependent) must be an Ohio resident and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for these grants.

Applying for Institutional Scholarships

With the exception of the Presidential Scholarship, consideration for any scholarships provided by Walsh University is done automatically at the time the student's academic file is reviewed for admission.

Applying for Private Scholarships

The Internet address for a free private scholarship search is www.fastweb.com This service allows you to research thousands of potential scholarship sources throughout the country. Please note: We do not recommend that students seek the help of private companies for scholarship searches. These companies prove to be costly and produce no greater results.

Supporting Documents

After filing your FAFSA, you may be notified that you have been chosen for a process called Verification. If you are selected for Verification, you will be required to submit a copy of your/your spouse's tax returns, a copy of your parents' tax returns (if a dependent student) and a Verification Worksheet. If needed, these forms will be requested at a later date and are NOT to be submitted with your FAFSA.

Tips on Completing the FAFSA

  • Apply as early as possible.
  • Be sure to list Walsh University as the school to which you want your financial aid information sent. Walsh's school code is 003135.
  • Please remember that tax returns do not have to be completed in order to complete the FAFSA. (Although it is easier to fill out the FAFSA with completed tax returns, do not let the fact that they are not yet prepared prevent you from estimating your income figures to get the FAFSA in early.)

About Student PIN Numbers

Before completing your FAFSA for the first time online, it will be necessary for both you and your parent (s) to apply for a PIN number. This can be done at any time at www.pin.ed.gov . Having a PIN number will not only serve as your electronic signature but it will also give you access to your completed FAFSA in case you need to make corrections.

An Overview of the Financial Aid Process

  1. Student sends completed Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) to Central Processing Center. Student submits Walsh Application for Financial Aid to Walsh University.
  2. Student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Central Processing Center, which is a summary of the FAFSA application. This form is to be kept by the student for his/her records. If corrections to the SAR need to be made, the student may contact Walsh's Student Service Center.
  3. Student completes and submits any additional information that is requested from the Financial Aid Office at Walsh University.
  4. Financial aid Office receives electronic FAFSA results from the Central Processor. A Financial Aid Award notification is posted on the Cavalier Center for students who have been officially admitted to Walsh University.
  5. Assuming the student's financial aid file is complete, financial aid is credited to the student's account at the beginning of each term. If there is a credit remaining after the student's charges have been paid, the student is issued a refund for that amount. If there is still a balance due after all financial aid has been applied, then the student is responsible for that remaining balance. (Payment options for any remaining balance are available.)