Contact us:

Financial Aid Office

Wells College

170 Main Street

Aurora, NY 13026

Phone: 315-364-3289


Fax: 315-364-3445

Application Process


New Student Application Process

To apply for federal and institutional financial assistance a student and their family must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our federal school code is #002901. You can complete one of the two application processes:

  1. Complete the FAFSA electronically. Filing electronically shortens the time it takes schools to receive your information and lessens the chances for errors. The federal application web site is You and one parent must each have an FSA ID that will serve as your signature. The FSA ID is your identifier to let you access personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature and should not be given to anyone. Students and parents cannot share the same FSA ID. If you do not have an FSA ID, you can print out the signature page of the FAFSA and mail it to the federal processor. Anyone can obtain an FSA ID at any time at Your FSA ID will be mailed to you within 7-10 days.
  2. Complete the paper FAFSA. Forms are available by contacting the Central Processing Center at 1-800-433-3243. Allow 4-6 weeks to process a paper application.

Early Decision Applicants

To receive notification of your financial aid eligibility before January 1st, early decision applicants are required to complete the Wells College Financial Aid Estimator. This application will be sent to students who have been accepted to the college by December 15th and who have indicated on their application they are interested in applying for financial aid. This application does not replace the federal FAFSA application that must be completed after January 1st. Wells College is committed to providing all early decision accepted applicants who have completed the Wells College Financial Aid Estimator by December 15th an early estimate of their financial aid by December 30th.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are considered a special asset to the Wells College community. They enroll after completing at least one semester's work at another institution, joining the Wells community either in the fall or spring. Transfer students bring breadth and depth of experience that enriches and add value to the Wells experience. As with all students, transfers apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The federal school code for Wells is #002901. You and your parent, if appropriate, will need to obtain an FSA ID to serve as your electronic signature. You can apply for your FSA ID at

International Students

Wells College recognizes the special financial needs of many foreign students; however, we are unable to help all foreign students who enter the country on a student visa. The College does not offer any scholarships, grants, or loans that cover the full cost of attending. Foreign students are not eligible for any need-based financial aid funds. The College does not have institutional grant or loan funds to award international students. The Admissions Office at Wells College will determine if an international student is eligible for our Foreign Student Scholarship upon acceptance to the institution. Realizing that foreign students are only eligible to work on campus, they are eligible to apply for campus employment with the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning upon their arrival to campus. Due to the limited number of available work opportunities Wells College cannot guarantee all students will be employed in their work study programs.

Returning Students

Students must apply for financial aid each year. In January of each year, students who completed the FAFSA will be sent an electronic or paper renewal notice depending on the application process chosen in the prior year and if an accurate e-mail address was provided on the FAFSA. In addition, the Wells College financial aid office also sends reminders to students and their families every January and includes any updated information on financial aid programs and the deadline dates for reapplying for financial aid.

Deadline Dates

Freshmen Applicants: Recommended filing date of February 15th
Early Decision Applicants: December 15th early estimate
Fall Transfer Applicants: Recommend August 1st
Spring Transfer Applicants: Recommend December 15th
Returning Applicants: May 1st for the upcoming academic year

Billing Cycle

Bills are generated on or about July 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester. Payment or payment arrangements are due August 1 and January 1, respectively. To coincide with our two-semester enrollment and billing cycle, student financial aid is disbursed in two equal disbursements. Federal regulations do not allow the financial aid office to disburse federal financial aid funds to student billing accounts any earlier than 10 days prior to the beginning of each semester. Please note that financial aid will not be disbursed until the student has returned their signed financial aid award letter and completed all verification, loan counseling, and loan promissory note requirements.