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Understanding FAFSA

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Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® form) doesn’t have to be complicated. We’re here to help.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® form)

Who should complete the FAFSA?

If you are exploring options for funding your education, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

When should you complete the FAFSA?

You should complete the FAFSA at the same time you’re applying for admission to Walden.

Which form should you complete?

  • If you started your program on or after May 30, 2022, complete the 2022–2023 FAFSA.
  • If you start your program on or after May 29, 2023, complete the 2023–2024 FAFSA. The 2023–2024 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2022.

How to Start Your FAFSA

Get Prepared

Never filled out a FAFSA? The first step is getting your FSA ID and gathering the documents you’ll need. The FSA ID is your access to your Federal Student Aid account which you will use along with your Walden myFinAid account for managing your federal financial aid.

Create Your FSA ID

Complete the FAFSA Form

Description: Walden’s school code is 025042. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. We’ll receive your FAFSA a few days after it’s completed.

Start FAFSA here

Review Your Student Aid Report

Once we receive your FAFSA information, you may begin using Walden’s myFinAid portal to monitor the status of your financial aid information. We’ll notify you by e-mail if your Student Aid Report requires you to submit additional information to us through your myFinAid portal.

Log in to myFinAid portal

Respond to Your Aid Offer

Once we determine your eligibility, you’ll receive an e-mail notifying you that your offer is available for review. Responding includes the following steps:

  • Accept or adjust your aid offer.
  • Complete loan counseling.
  • Complete the Master Promissory Note.
Log in to myFinAid portal

Receive Aid

Once you’ve accepted your offer and your loans have originated, your financial aid funds will be waiting for disbursement to Walden. After the term has started and all admission requirements are completed, the Office of the Bursar will apply these funds to your outstanding bill. If there is any money left on your account after your tuition and fees are paid, the Office of the Bursar will send it to you as a refund within 14 days of the disbursement date.

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Renew Your FAFSA

The FAFSA form applies to a single academic year. That means you need to submit a FAFSA form each year. Make sure you maintain federal eligibility requirements which include enrolling at least half time, meeting all participation requirements for your courses, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Renew your FASFA