How do I apply for federal aid?
Need-based financial aid is granted by the Financial Aid Office of Wake Forest University. This includes state and federal loans, grants, and work-study. All students who are U.S. citizens and wish to be considered for scholarships and other financial aid must complete the FAFSA using school code E00429. Students use their tax return from the previous year to complete the FAFSA. Divinity students are considered independent students on the FAFSA even if they are still claimed as dependents on their parents’ tax returns. Learn more about applying for financial aid as a graduate student at Wake Forest University.
How do I receive federal aid?
Federal student loans pay directly to a student’s account immediately before the first day of class each semester. If a student’s grants, scholarships, and loans exceeded their WFU charges, then he or she is eligible for a refund from Student Billing to use for living expenses. Refund checks are prepared the week after classes begin. Please plan accordingly.
Useful Information on Borrowing
With the introduction of the Debt Ceiling Bill there have been changes to Graduate Student Financial Aid.
- Elimination of the in-school loan interest subsidy for graduate and professional students on Federal Subsidized Loans. Amounts of loan eligibility will stay the same, but only unsubsidized loans will be offered for graduate students.
- Elimination of Direct Loan repayment incentives (interest rate reduction for automatic payments, etc.)
- Direct Lending. All federal student loans will originate through the Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program. Private lenders like SallieMae, College Foundation of NC, and Citibank will no longer administer federal Stafford and PLUS Loan programs.
Below you will find helpful links as you consider borrowing. You can view your loan history and calculate repayment options based on the amount you have borrowed (or will borrow), your income and family situation, and any additional repayment options that may interest you, such as graduated, extended, and income sensitive. For more information on borrowing, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is work-study available?
Federal Work Study positions are available in the School of Divinity for qualified students to serve in positions like faculty research assistants, admissions office assistants, spiritual life coordinators, community lunch coordinators, and coffee hour coordinators. Students may earn up to $2,000 per year. Positions are posted the first week of classes via an online portal. Students will be notified annually when the application process is available.
Some positions are available across the University in divisions like:
- Residence Life and Housing
- Campus Recreation
- Several of these positions are also available for spouses\partners: Group Fitness Instructor, Personal and Small Group Trainer, Facility Attendant, Welcome Desk Assistant
- Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR)
- Benson Student Center
- LGBTQ Center
- Pro Humanitate Institute
- Anna Julia Cooper Center
- Office of Student Engagement
- Learning Assistance Center
- Intercultural Center
- Student Bookstore and Deacon Shop
Have questions? Contact Mary Ellen Walter, admissions office manager, who oversees the work-study program at the School of Divinity.