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How to Apply for Aid

At Drexel, we encourage families to plan ahead to the best of their abilities. Be sure to complete the following steps while applying for admission. For additional tips on how to navigate the financial aid process with greater ease, see Drexel Central's How to Apply for Aid.

File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an important part of the overall application process. To be considered for any aid, including eligibility for private loans, families must submit the FAFSA. Drexel encourages all families to file this form, regardless of what they think their financial needs may be.

The FAFSA can be submitted beginning January 1, and should be filed no later than February 15. You may submit the FAFSA after February 15, however, your financial aid package may be delayed and you may not be considered for all types of financial aid. To make sure Drexel Central receives your financial information from the federal government, list Drexel University on the FAFSA and be sure to provide your Social Security number on your admission application. Drexel's FAFSA school code is 003256. For the fastest and most accurate results, we encourage you to apply electronically at Visit the Drexel Central website to learn more about the FAFSA Process.

International students: You cannot file the FAFSA and are not eligible for federal or state need-based funding. Drexel Central's International Student Financing Resources lists websites where you can research additional sources of funding.

Transfer and part-time students entering in the winter, spring, or summer terms: You are also required to complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application that you receive with your acceptance letter. International students are not required to submit this form.

Search for Private Scholarships with Free Search Engines

You may be eligible for a specialized scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore include employers, unions, professional organizations, and community and special-interest groups. The following free scholarship search engines provide information on thousands of scholarships as well as information on financial aid and money management.

Review Your Credit Report

Perform a credit check on yourself and a parent or guardian to determine if your credit and any potential cosigner's credit are intact. Use one of the free services offered by the three credit bureaus: