Financial Aid for Master of Fine Arts

If you wish to apply for need-based aid including a MFA need-based grant and unsubsidized federal loan, our office requires you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

The FAFSA uses both your and your spouse’s information (if applicable) to calculate your eligibility for federal student financial aid such as grants and loans. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the Department of Education requires students to use 2015 federal income tax information. To complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you and your spouse will need your tax returns from the prior prior tax year (example: 2015 Federal tax return for the 2017-2018 FAFSA).

We recommend that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in the FAFSA to upload your tax information directly from the IRS. If you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA and do not make any changes either on the FAFSA results or by amending your tax return, it will save time and effort if your FAFSA is selected for verification by the federal processor.

If you DO NOT use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be required to submit an official IRS 2015 Tax Return Transcript to the Financial Aid office. (Click here to request a Tax Return Transcript).

When you log into the FAFSA, the system will ask you for your FSA ID. Please safeguard the FSA IDs, as it will be used to file renewal FAFSAs in subsequent years. The FSA ID is also your electronic signature for educational loans. If you do not have a FSA ID, please go create aNew FSA ID.

The 2017-2018 FAFSA can be filed online any time after October 1st at Please make sure that you sign the FAFSA electronically using your FSA ID in order to avoid processing delays.

Warren Wilson College’s school code is 002979.

File the 2016-2017 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from July 2016 to June 2017.

File the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the academic year that runs from July 2017 to June 2018.


PLEASE NOTE:   In order to be considered for a need-based MFA Grant, your FAFSA must be processed by April 15th for the July-December semester, and by October 15th for the January-June semester.  If you would like to be considered for a need-based grant, please keep in mind that once you submit the FAFSA, it can take up to 5 days to be processed! Please plan accordingly and don’t wait too long to file!