How to Apply for Funding and Assistance

WAU encourages applicants to the University to apply for financial aid. To be considered, you must submit the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Filing the FAFSA® will enable WAU’s Student Financial Services to consider you for all types of need-based aid. Student Financial Services reviews the family financial circumstances of each admitted student and determines your financial need based on information supplied by the FAFSA®.

The FAFSA® is available on October 1 and requires information from an earlier tax year. FAFSA® applicants (and their parents, if appropriate) must report the prior year’s income information. Beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA®, students will report 2015 income information from two years prior, which in this case is 2015 income information—two tax years before the beginning of the school year. For the 2018–2019 school year, applicants (and their parents, if appropriate) must report income information for 2016—the tax year before the beginning of the school year. (See table.)


If You Plan to Attend WAU You Will Submit This FAFSA®  You Can Submit the FAFSA® From Using Income and Tax Information From
July 1, 2017 –

June 30, 2018

2017-2018 October 1, 2016 –

June 30, 2018

July 1, 2018 –

June 30, 2019

2018-2019 October 1, 2017 –

June 30, 2019



If you have not yet filed your prior year taxes (2015 taxes for the 2017-2018 school year and 2016 taxes for the 2018-2019 school year), you can estimate your income on the FAFSA®. Please be as accurate as possible; variances with finalized information can result in an adjusted award. You will need to log back into the FAFSA® once your prior year taxes are complete and correct the information.


For more information about financial aid at WAU, email, or call 301.891.4005 or 1-800-835-4212 to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor.

Student Financial Services
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 301-891-4005
Toll-Free: 800-835-4212
General Fax: 301-891-4167