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FAFSA|Student Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is a form you are required to fill out if you want to get any financial aid awards that are based on need. This type of aid consists of federal grants, loans and work-study. The FAFSA will help us determine what type of aid you want, how much aid you're eligible for, and what your expected family contribution (EFC) is. 

First apply for a FSA ID here.  You will need a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.  If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.  You can complete the FAFSA (and the Renewal FAFSA) electronically by going to You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) Information Acknowledgement in the mail about 2 weeks after submitting your online FAFSA.  If you provided your e-mail address you will receive an e-mail with a link to your SAR on the Web in no more than 5 days.  Review your SAR and make sure the information is correct.  You can make corrections to your data online at  Please feel free to contact our office for concerns or problems with the electronic filing of the FAFSA.

Our Federal School Code (for the FAFSA) is 003932.

5 days after the FAFSA is completed check your WyoWeb, under the Student Financials Tab, Financial Aid Requirements to see that it has been received by UW. If you see unsatisfied requirements, you may have been selected for Verification.

Application Process

This section describes how to apply for financial aid. To find out how to begin the process, click here.

Federal Aid Requirements

To receive federal financial aid you must meet conditions and provide documentation if requested to do so. For a list of these requirements, click here.

Note: These requirements apply to all federal aid. Also, federal financial aid is NOT available for correspondence study, continuous registration hours, or audit hours.

Application Errors

If you make a mistake on the FAFSA, your federal aid can be delayed. We see a number of common mistakes that students make, which can be easily avoided. For a list of these common pitfalls, click here.

Financial Aid Appeals

Occasionally students or parents will feel that the information required on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not realistically reflect their circumstances or their ability to provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). When this happens, a student may choose to submit an appeal to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid requesting that his or her situation be reviewed.

Financial Aid Appeal: The most common type of appeal requests a reconsideration of the amount of aid that has been offered by providing additional information that will assist the office in determining the student's eligibility for financial aid.

Dependency Appeal: This appeal is for students who feel that they should be considered independent from their parent(s) for financial aid purposes, even though they do not meet any of the automatic independent criteria as outlined in the FAFSA.

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