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 submit your FAFSA through one of two ways:
The Wells College FAFSA Grant: All first-year students who have been accepted to Wells College will receive a $1,000 FAFSA Grant provided they file a completed FAFSA to Wells by December 1.
See a general overview of the FAFSA process here (provided by StudentAid.gov).
FAFSA renewal can be completed electronically. If you are a renewal-eligible student who had a valid application the year before, when you enter your personal identifiers on the FAFSA website 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.
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. Wells College also will send a reminder to all students in January who applied for aid in the current year. Returning students should file for renewal no later than May 1 for the upcoming academic year (Verification completion date is June 1). Wells College reserves the right to penalize any returning student with a reduction in their institutional grant if they apply beyond the deadline date.
Transfer students enroll after completing at least one semester's work at another institution, joining the Wells community either in the fall or spring semesters. As with all students, transfers can apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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 fsaid.ed.gov. The filing deadline is July 1 for fall transfer applicants and December 1 for spring transfer applicants.
Submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal and institutional financial aid. Wells College's holistical application review process ensures that each and every one of our applicants is evaluated based on their unique individuality, not just their cumulative GPAs. As a homeschooled student, you will automatically be considered for one of our five merit-based scholarships, as well as more than 125 endowed awards. You can earn up to $115,000 throughout your college career!
With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students are an invaluable part of the Wells College community and contribute to a global living and learning environment. To support international students in their pursuit of higher education in the United States, Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship up to $25,000 per year to contribute towards cost of attending (totaling $100,000 over four years of study at Wells). Award amount will be determined based on the student's academic record. International students in search of further financial assistance may benefit from researching scholarships from external sources. International students can also supplement their educational funding by working on the Wells College campus through the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Due to the limited number of available positions each year, we cannot guarantee that all students who apply will obtain employment. Under federal law, international students may not work off-campus during their first year of study, and can only participate in off-campus employment if specific criteria are met. Please read the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website carefully to understand all stipulations regarding employment for international undergraduate students in the United States.
While students can submit applications beyond these dates, it is highly recommended to file no later than the above deadlines to ensure quick processing. 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.
Bills are generated on or about July 1 for the fall semester and January 9 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.
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 at www.tapweb.org. Our New York State TAP code is #1050.
Students from 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.
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.
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:
“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.
Each application 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.
The following students are considered eligible non-citizens, and will be considered for financial assistance and should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
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 F-1 (or F-2) student visa or a G series visa, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.