Next Steps to Financial Clearance
Financial aid packages are given to students who submit a FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), are enrolled for six (6) credits or more (per semester), and are making satisfactory academic progress. After applying for federal aid:
- Review Your Award Notification
Students are notified of aid awards on a rolling basis after submitting FAFSA®
- Students entering Washington Adventist University for the first time will usually receive a notification beginning in early February preceding the Fall Semester
- For continuing students, notifications typically begin in May preceding the Fall Semester
If you feel we missed some important aspect of your financial situation, please contact us. If you have questions about merit-based aid, contact the Office of Admissions at
If you wish to decline or reduce your student loans or to update other financial information (like receiving outside scholarships not appearing on your award notification), please notify WAU’s Student Financial Services office in writing.
- Accept Your Aid Award
We assume students accept all forms of gift aid (grants and scholarships) offered in their award notifications each year unless we are notified otherwise in writing. However, students are required to accept or decline loans offered.
To accept or decline your loans, please complete the Sub-Unsub Form. The form is available online on the Financial Aid page of our website under Important Documents. Return the signed form to the Office of Student Financial Services.
- Complete Outstanding Requirements
First-time borrowers accepting their loans must:
- Complete entrance counseling at studentloans.gov (https://studentloans.gov)
- Complete a Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov (https://studentloans.gov)
- Submit Proof of Health Insurance and Immunization Information
Proof of health insurance information including immunizations must be turned in to the Office of Student Life before the financial clearance process is complete. Proof of health insurance must be submitted annually.
- Complete Your Financial Clearance
Financial Clearance is FINAL only when you sign the Financial Clearance Agreement, and Promissory Note has been turned in to the Office of Student Financial Services with the payment arrangements specified in the agreement. We encourage you to contact the Student Financial Services office to start your clearance early and avoid long wait times. Remember, you will not be able to move into the residence hall until you are financially cleared, even if a coach or employer asks you to return to school early.
There are three options for paying your first payment or your full remaining balance:
- Full payment in cash, check, or credit card (online or at the cashier’s window) after financial aid is calculated
- Direct Parent PLUS or Private/Alternative Loan
- Higher One Tuition Time Payment Plan (TTP Plan)
If you choose to enroll in the Tuition Time Payment plan, visit https://tuitionpay.higherone.com/TuitionPay/Welcome.aspx, and tap on Enroll Now. You may also enroll by calling Higher One at 1-800-635-0120.
If you enroll by July 1, there is a ten-month payment plan, after August 1st, it becomes a nine-month payment plan.
There is a one-time $100 enrollment fee.
Please contact the Student Financial Services office if you are not able to make the monthly payment amount. Additional funding may be available. Students who default on the payment plan may be withdrawn from classes until their accounts are financially current.
Once Student Financial Services confirms your clearance, you will be able to get your student ID, parking permit, purchase books in the bookstore, and move into your dorm room.
- Submit Your Seventh-day Adventist Employee Subsidy Form (if appropriate)
Students who are eligible to receive Seventh-day Adventist employee subsidy should fill out the Education Subsidy form and return it to WAU’s Student Financial Services Office. The Subsidy form is available online on the Financial Aid page of our website under Important Documents.
For more information about financial aid at WAU, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
General Fax: 301-891-4167