Financial Aid Instructions and Checklist

The Debt Management Guide (form can be found on the Forms & Publications page) contains detailed program descriptions.

Students must apply every year for financial aid. To maintain eligibility you must remain enrolled on at least a half time basis. Definitions of half-time status can be found in the Student Handbook Delaware / Student Handbook Harrisburg.

Returning students whose FAFSA results and Data Form are received by the Financial Aid Office on or before April 1, 2014 will receive priority in the awarding process and in determining eligibility for: Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study and Widener Law's Dean's Grant program.

Incoming students must be accepted to Widener Law before their completed financial aid files will be reviewed. Incoming students do not have a deadline as they are considered for institutional aid on a rolling basis. However, it is strongly recommended that the required forms are completed as soon as possible. Applications submitted later in the award year may not be considered for institutional aid because of limited funds.

CHECKLIST
Please refer to this checklist in order to complete your financial aid forms accurately.

checkmark Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): It is recommended that students submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.The results of the processed FAFSA (the Student Aid Report or SAR) will be sent to the student and school electronically, provided our school code is indicated. The Delaware campus code is B04724, the Harrisburg campus code is E00656. If Widener Law is not listed on your SAR, please go online using your pin number to add the correct campus.

checkmark Widener University School of Law Financial Aid Data Form (form can be found on the Forms & Publications page) : Students should indicate on the form the amount of funding they would like to receive from the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Program. Incoming students should return the form as soon as possible. Returning students have a priority filing deadline of April 1 to receive consideration for institutional and Federal Work-Study funding.

checkmark Federal Direct Loan Applications – The FAFSA is not a loan application, but is used to determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Therefore, all incoming students and returning students borrowing for the first time in 2014-15 must complete a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at https://studentloans.gov. Returning students that borrowed a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan in 2013-14 must complete the requested loan amount box on the Financial Aid Data Form authorizing Widener to add to their serial note. Please visit the Federal Direct Loan section of our website for additional questions.

checkmark Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan Applications Please see the Graduate PLUS page for application instructions.

checkmarkSummer Intent Form (form can be found on the Forms & Publications page) Students intending to take summer classes or study abroad and receive financial aid must complete a summer intent form to inform the Financial Aid Office of their plans.


Students Selected for Verification will be notified in writing of what documentation must be submitted: Selection may occur in two forms. Students may be selected by the Department of Education or at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office. Some students may be required to complete:

checkmark 2014/2015 Verification Worksheet: (form can be found on the Forms & Publications page) A verification worksheet will be sent to you upon review of your file by the Financial Aid Office. A verification worksheet will be sent to you upon review of your file by the Financial Aid Office. Please complete both sides of the form and return to the Financial Aid Office.

checkmark 2013 Federal Tax Transcript: If requested, a Federal Tax Return Transcript must be obtained from the IRS. You can obtain it online at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-1040. You may also be asked to provide copies of schedules, W-2s, 1099s and tax forms. If a tax return cannot be submitted because of late filing or not filing at all, you must provide written notification stating the reasons for the delay or why no return will be filed.

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