Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
- How do I apply for aid at Webster University?
- What is the deadline for submitting my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
- What if I need more aid and/or the FAFSA does not reflect my present situation?
- My parents did not claim me on their tax returns this year. Can I file my FAFSA as an Independent Student?
- Why wouldn't you tell my parents what kind of aid I had received?
- How can I get a scholarship?
- What hours are your office open?
- Should I send in my tax forms and other paperwork before you ask for it?
- My SAR indicates that I was selected for "Verification." What does this mean?
- How long does the awarding process take?
- What records will I need to apply for financial aid?
The priority deadline to have your application complete for maximum consideration
is March 1st of each year for the following academic year.
There is a special condition form that can be completed to update us with your current
situation. Click here and scroll down for the appeal process.
My parents did not claim me on their tax returns this year. Can I file my FAFSA as an Independent Student?
Dependency status is determined by the thirteen dependency questions on the FAFSA. If you do not meet any of those, but feel that you should be considered an independent
student, you may click here for additional appeal information.
The Buckley Amendment prohibits us from discussing any of your specific financial
matters with anyone without your written permission. Please complete the Release of
Information section of the Webster University Financial Aid Application with all appropriate names.
The majority of the scholarships available are either based on your admissions application, your department in which
your are majoring, or from an outside source.
The Financial Aid Office in St. Louis is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday
You should not submit tax forms unless we specifically ask for them.
This means Webster University must verify the information on any SAR selected for
verification by the U.S. Department of Education. You should submit the verification
worksheet, federal tax return transcript and any additional documentation to our office.
Due to the large number of applications that we receive, it may take 1-2 weeks from
the time your file is complete to the time it is awarded. If you haven't heard anything
from us after that time, you should check in with us to make sure that we have everything
Useful documents include your tax returns from the previous year, as well as your parents' return if dependent, or your spouse's if applicable.