Applying for Financial Aid
Follow these steps to apply for financial aid to attend Wake Tech:
Get an FSA ID
The FSA ID is used to log in to Federal Student Aid’s online systems, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and sign legal documents electronically. Parents of dependent students will also need an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA
The FAFSA must be completed each academic year to receive federal or state aid, most institutional aid and most scholarships. The form requires student income information from previous tax returns and W2s and similar information from parents for dependent students. Wake Tech’s school code for the FAFSA is 004844.
The FAFSA can be completed online, through the myStudentAid mobile app or by mailing in a paper copy. To request a paper FAFSA, call 800-4-FED-AID or 319-337-5665. Hearing-impaired individuals can call the TTY line at 800-730-8913.
To ensure aid is available to pay tuition, fees and books, the FAFSA and any required paperwork should be submitted by the priority deadlines listed below:
If you miss a priority deadline, submit the FAFSA anyway – you still may be eligible for financial aid, although there might be less money available. You also should make other arrangements to pay for tuition, fees and books if aid is not offered before the registration payment is due. Once your FAFSA has been processed and it is determined that you qualify for financial aid, you will be reimbursed during the semester. If you are not offered any aid, you are responsible for all charges.
The Federal Processing Center should provide an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) within one to three weeks. You can check the status of your application online by logging into your account or by calling 800-433-3243.
Apply to Wake Tech
Submit high school and college transcripts
Request your official transcript from any high schools you attended or your high school equivalency, as well as any previous colleges. Transcripts may be sent electronically to [email protected] or mailed to:
Wake Tech Admissions
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603-5696
Students must have a valid high school diploma or equivalency diploma to be eligible for financial aid. A diploma will be considered invalid if there is reason to believe that limited coursework was required and/or a fee was charged by the agency that issued the diploma.
Discuss any special circumstances with a Financial Aid specialist
Let the Financial Aid Office know if you want to seek aid as an independent student, if your family income has changed substantially from what was noted on the FAFSA or any other issues that could affect your aid package. Special forms need to be filed in these instances.
Routinely check Self-Service and your Wake Tech email
All official correspondence from the Financial Aid Office, such as requests for additional documentation to complete your financial aid application and notification of your aid offer, will be posted to Self-Service or emailed to you.
The Federal Processing Center chooses 30% of all financial aid applications to verify to ensure information is accurate. The process is random, so don't worry that you've done anything wrong if you receive this notice. Wake Tech also has the authority to select applicants for verification if there is a conflict of information, meaning the college can request verification documentation, which may include tax returns, W2s and records verifying untaxed income. Please do not submit documentation until it is requested.
By checking Self-Service, you will be able to view all documents the Financial Aid Office has requested and see when each has been received. An "Action Needed" or "Incomplete" notice means you need to submit more information, while a "Waived" notation means no further action is needed.
Processing financial aid applications at Wake Tech usually takes four weeks from the date documents are submitted. If corrections are required, it may take another five to seven days before the correction is processed and reviewed and the Financial Aid Office posts the final offer in Self-Service.
Complete required documents for student loans
Confirm your program of study
Once your high school transcript has been turned in, check your WebAdvisor account to confirm your program of study.
Financial Aid checklist
**NOTE: The confirmation page from FAFSA is not a financial aid offer.**
Log in to Self-Service under "Financial Aid" and complete the Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling.
Remember the eligibility guidelines:
- You must be accepted into an eligible program of study to receive financial aid.
- Financial aid covers only classes required for your eligible program of study.
- To receive a loan, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours of coursework at the time of disbursement.
- For students enrolled in a "mini-mester" course, funds are not disbursed until classes begin and enrollment is verified.
Emails from the Financial Aid Office may require immediate action, so monitor your email carefully.