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Campus Location
4 Reynolda Hall

Mailing Address
Student Financial Aid
PO Box 7246
Winston-Salem, NC

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday



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Putting it all together

Financial Aid Director Bill Wells discusses getting the right mix of aid for every student.

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Wake Forest seeks students with high academic standards from a wide range of backgrounds.

Students are admitted based on their accomplishments and the unique qualities they bring to our community.

More than 56 percent of undergraduates receive financial assistance.

How to apply for financial aid

Please note: the deadlines listed here are for prospective students only; returning students should see the Financial Aid site for applicable deadlines.

Step 1

Fill out your CSS PROFILE by Feb. 15.

PROFILE is a service of the not-for-profit College Board, and Wake Forest uses the information to award non-federal aid funds. Use the Wake Forest code: 5885
(The CSS Profile is not required if you are only applying for federal financial aid.)

Step 2

Complete the FAFSA by Feb. 15.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Use the Wake Forest code: 002978.

Step 3

Send your federal tax returns and W-2 forms to the IDOC by March 1.

IDOC stands for Institutional Documentation Service. The program is run by the College Board on behalf of colleges like Wake Forest.

Need-Based Aid

39% of Wake Forest students receive need-based financial aid. In 2013-14, students with need received average awards of $38,500.

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Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based scholarships are highly competitive and are among the highest honors given to Wake Forest students. These programs recognize extraordinary achievement, leadership and talent.

Presidential Scholar Lauren Gaston's ('09) award-winning costume designs led to summer work in Italy with a traveling opera company.

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In their own words...

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“At Wake Forest, if there is a will there is a way. As long as I really care about something and maintain an inner passion to see my vision fulfilled, I can and will do it.”

— Zahir Rahman ('10)