Financial Aid

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Most Wells students receive assistance—either financial, need-based aid or merit scholarships. Many receive both! To find out if you are eligible for financial aid YOU MUST APPLY. In no way does an application for financial assistance affect your admission to Wells College. Complete information on Wells College financial aid policies can be found at under the "Student" tab and then click Financial Aid.

Institutional and Federal Aid Application Process

To apply for institutional and federal financial assistance a student and their family must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The Wells College federal school code is #002901. Financial assistance will continue to be provided where financial need is demonstrated and will be reviewed annually. If your family situation does not change over your years at Wells, your institutional grant funds will remain the same. You can complete one of the two federal aid application processes:

  • We strongly recommend that you complete your aid application electronically at If you and/or your parents do not have an FSA ID, at the end of your electronic application you can print the signature page and send it to the federal processor. The federal government will not process your application until they receive your completed signature page. If you have created an FSA ID, this will serve as your signature. Students and parents cannot share the same FSA ID, therefore, if you are a dependent student your parent will need to create an FSA ID also. Anyone can obtain an FSA ID at
  • Alternatively, you may complete the paper FAFSA. This can be obtained through the Central Processing Center by calling 1.800.433.3243. Allow four weeks processing time if filing by paper.

Renewal FAFSA Applicants

If you are a renewal-eligible student who had a valid application the year before, when you enter your personal identifiers on FAFSA on the Web the federal processor will ask you if you want to pre-fill some of the application with data from the prior year. If you choose this option you can review each pre-filled item, correct any that has changed, and provide new information as needed.

In January and February of each year most students will automatically receive a renewal reminder by email from the federal government if they provided an email address in the previous application year, or by regular mail if they did not. The reminder tells students that they can reapply for aid on the Web. Wells College also will send a reminder to all students in January who applied for aid in the current year.

State Grant Application

New York State students initiate their TAP grant application when they file the FAFSA. If you did not successfully complete your TAP application at the time you filed your FAFSA you will receive in the mail a postcard from the state processing center outlining the application instructions. The TAP application can be completed online Our New York State TAP code is #1050.

Students from Rhode Island and Vermont can have their state grants transferred to Wells College. Application procedures for these grants may vary so we recommend you contact your state processing center for application instructions.

Deadline Dates

  • Freshmen Applicants: Recommended filing date of February 15th
  • Returning Applicants: May 1st for the upcoming academic year; June 1st verification documents
  • Early Decision Applicants: Recommended December 15th
  • Fall Transfer Applicants: Recommended August 1st
  • Spring Transfer Applicants: Recommended December 15th

Students can submit applications beyond these dates. Wells College reserves the right to penalize any returning student with a reduction in their institutional grant if they apply beyond the deadline date. The federal government requires that students must have a processed federal aid application with an official expected family contribution on file before the student ceases enrollment to receive financial aid funds.

Part-Time Students

Wells College does not offer institutional merit or need-based aid to part-time students. If eligible under federal and state guidelines, a student may receive some forms of federal and state assistance.

Independent Student Definition

Not living with your parents or not being claimed by them on tax forms, or your parents’ ability or willingness to pay does not determine your independent status. You must meet one of the following conditions to be considered an independent student:

  • You are 24 years old.
  • You will be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program.
  • You are married.
  • You have children who will receive more than half of their support from you during the school calendar year.
  • You have dependents (other than children or spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you now and during the school calendar year.
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services. You are considered a veteran if you have engaged in active duty or are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for purposes other than training, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and was released with an honorable discharge.
  • From the time you turned 13, both your parents were deceased and you were in foster care or was a dependent or ward of the court. This condition applies even if you are no longer in foster care or a dependent or ward of the court.
  • You had no living parent (biological or adoptive) since you turned age 13, even if you are now adopted.
  • You are or you were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence. You must be able to provide a copy of a court’s decision that as of today you are an emancipated minor or are in legal guardianship or you were an emancipated minor or were in legal guardianship immediately before you reached the age of being an adult in your state. The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court’s decision was issued.
  • You were at any time from July 1 of the previous year determined by your high school or school district homeless liaison that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.
  • You were at any time from July 1 of the previous year determined by a director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were at risk of being homeless.
  • You were at any time from July 1 of the previous year determined by a director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and risked being homeless.

“Homeless” means lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing, which includes living in shelters, motels, cars, or temporarily living with other people because you had nowhere else to go. “Unaccompanied” means you are not living in the physical custody of your parents or guardian. “Youth” means you are 21 years of age or younger or you are still enrolled in high school.

The application of each student applying for independent status will be considered individually. Wells College distinguishes between voluntary and involuntary independence for the purpose of institutional aid eligibility. If a student enters Wells College as a dependent student they will be considered dependent for all the years they attend unless an exception is granted by the director of financial aid in consultation with the dean of students.

Eligible Non-citizen Students

The following students are considered eligible noncitizens and will be considered for financial assistance and should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • U.S. Nationals
  • U.S. Permanent Residents with alien registration receipt cards (I-551 or I-551C)
  • Permanent Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Other eligible noncitizens with one of the following documents from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service: Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) showing (a) “Refugee,” or (b) “Asylum Granted,” or (c) “Parolee,” or (d) “Cuban-Haitian Entrant," or (e) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of "Victim of human trafficking."
  • An official statement that shows you have been granted asylum in the U.S.

If you only have a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid. If you are in the U.S. on certain visas, including F1 (or F2) student visa or a G series visa, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

International Students

The College offers limited financial aid to international students. Please note that international students are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid.

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