Apply for Assistance/Forms

Apply for Assistance/Forms
The following outlines the steps and deadline dates to follow to apply for financial assistance at GW.  Students who have an interest in applying for financial aid must indicate their intent on the Common Application.  In order to be considered for both Federal and institutional need-based aid, you must submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Students wishing to only be considered for Federal aid need only submit the FAFSA.  GW's Office of Student Financial Assistance reviews the family financial circumstances of each admitted student and determines your financial need based on information supplied by the CSS Profile and FAFSA.  GW encourages students to submit both forms to ensure they are considered for all available financial aid options.
In addition to these forms other documents are required to verify your eligibility. The most common are listed below but note that additional documentation may be requested at a later date.
In an effort to provide families with timely information about their eligibility for financial aid, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will provide incoming freshman and transfer students with an estimated financial aid package based on either previous year data (Early Decision I and II only) or current year data from the CSS Profile and FAFSA prior to the review of current year verification documents (tax returns, W-2 statements etc.).

The information provided on this page is intended solely for new applicants. Currently enrolled GW students should click here for information on financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year.  


Note on Tax Filing Years Requested

2016-2017 Academic Year applicants:

  • Prior Year=2014
  • Current Year=2015

Application Steps

If you have not yet filed your current year taxes (see definitions above), you can estimate your income on the CSS Profile and FAFSA by using year-to-date pay stubs and bank statements and comparing data with last year’s federal taxes. Please be as accurate as possible; variances with finalized information can result in an adjusted award.

    • Students wishing to be considered for institutional need-based aid (GW grants) must complete the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA.
    • File your CSS Profile online at, designating GW to receive your information. Use our CSS School Code: 5246.
    • First time applicants must register on the site before completing the actual application.
    • For assistance, e-mail CSS at or call 305-829-9793.
    • Students wishing ONLY to be considered for Federal financial aid and NOT GW need-based aid are only required to complete the FAFSA.
    • File your FAFSA online at, designating GW to receive your information. Use our federal school code: 001444.
    • For assistance call 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3242).
    • If you are an Early Decision (ED) applicant, you must submit the Early Decision Financial Aid Applications Part I and II in addition to the CSS Profile and FAFSA.
    • Early Decision applicants are given the same consideration for financial aid as all applicants.

All estimated aid packages need to be confirmed before funds will be disbursed to your account.

Confirming Your Need-Based Award

You are required to submit the following documents directly to the Office of Student Financial Assistance to confirm the award:

  • Signed copy of applicant’s federal tax return including all schedules and W-2 statements and, if married or to be married, those of spouse.
  • Signed copy of parent’s federal tax return including all schedules and W-2 statements.
  • Tax returns must be for the "current year" e.g. most recent calendar year prior to the academic year of enrollment (2015 returns for enrollment during the 2016-2017 academic year). Note that Early Decision candidates are asked to send prior year taxes in order for our office to provide an early estimated package.
  • Estimated or draft copies of tax returns are not accepted. You must submit signed copies of the actual tax return and all schedules that were sent to the IRS. The IRS E-file confirmation is not acceptable. Please be aware that if you have an extension from the IRS for your taxes, we will be unable to finalize an award until we receive the final taxes. We are unable to make exceptions to this requirement, regardless of whether the IRS grants an extension.
  • Students who are selected for verification may also be asked to submit Tax Return Transcripts. For more information on this requirement click here.
  • If the applicant and/or parent did not file a tax form, you must complete the Non-Tax Filers Statement form.  (The Non-Tax Filers Statement form will be available in February 2016.) 
  • If the applicant reported on the CSS Profile or FAFSA that they will have a sibling, spouse, or dependent child in college, you must submit the Verification of Family Member Enrollment form. This form must be sent to the Financial Aid Office at the family member's institution for verification.  (The Verification of Family Member Enrollment form will be available in February.)
  • If a dependent applicant’s parents are divorced, we will collect information for the custodial parent and step-parent if that parent has remarried.
  • Non-U.S. citizens who wish to apply for federal aid must provide documentation of permanent resident (immigrant) or refugee status.
  • Social Security recipients must submit all 1099-SS forms for all family members receiving benefits.

Additional Application Information

  • Please include the applicant’s name and GWID number on all submitted documents.
  • Applications for financial assistance should be submitted while you are applying for admission to ensure you meet applicable deadlines.  Do not wait until you have been offered admission.
  • Be sure to meet all deadlines in order to receive full financial aid consideration. Keep in mind that deadlines differ depending on your application status.
  • During processing, additional documentation may be required. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will inform you if additional items are needed.
  • Initial award letters for Early Decision students are sent by mail to the permanent address. Other notifications to incoming freshmen will go to the email address reported on the FAFSA. Subsequent communications and reminders regarding outstanding documents are all sent by email to the student’s GW email address.

Mailing Address:    

800 21st Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Fax: 202-994-0906