Applying For Aid

How do I apply for Federal Financial Aid?

For a helpful step by step tutorial for filling out the 2016-2017 FAFSA, visit this handy Web site FAFSASimplification created by the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

William Paterson University School Code: 002625, priority filing deadline: April 1st. New students who file the FAFSA well before April 1st, will receive earlier notification of eligibility.

Apply online at FAFSA on the WebSM. Submit a FAFSA. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans). Also, many colleges, universities, and career schools use your FAFSA information to award state and college aid. The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.
You'll need an FSA ID to "sign" your online FAFSA, make corrections to the application, and more. If you are a dependent student, your parent will need one too. You can get your FSA ID before you begin or as you complete the FAFSA — it's up to you. Get an FSA ID now! Note: Complete the FAFSA each year, starting on January 1.

Click here for a complete list of documents recommended to complete FAFSA application: 

How do I apply for New Jersey State Aid?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid using WPU's federal School Code (002625).
The Federal Processor will forward your application to the State of New Jersey for consideration for state financial aid.

The state of New Jersey requires all residents to Report Additional Information for state aid.  Please visit the state website at to complete the requirement.

Important Deadlines:

If you are a continuing student, your FAFSA must be processed by June 1st.
If you are a new applicant, your FAFSA must be processed by October 1st.
All other applicants (Spring semester only) March 1st

New federal regulations require that students/parents submit official 2015 IRS TAX RETURN Transcripts, if selected for verification; paper copies of federal income tax returns CANNOT be accepted as they do not meet the federally mandated requirements. Federal Income Tax Return Transcripts can be obtained by contacting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800- 829-1040, or The tax filer can forward the IRS Tax Return Transcript as necessary once received.  Or you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which allows you to import your 2015 IRS information into your 2016-2017 FAFSA.  View this IRS Data Retrieval Tool Tutorial Completed documents may be faxed to 973-720-3133, or e-mailed to All requested documentation must be submitted by June 1.

Requesting a federal Tax Return Transcript is as easy as 1-2-3!

Look under TOOLS →"Order a Return or Account Transcript"
OR call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946, and follow the menu prompts
Choose "Go To Order A Transcript," under box 3
Enter the required data to request the TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT
HINT: You may need to order transcripts for multiple people -yourself (and spouse) and/or your parent(s)
Receive the TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT in the mail
Make a copy for your records
Submit the TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT(S) to the office(s) requesting the documents -be sure to include the student's name and Social Security Number or Banner ID # on the Transcript(s)