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How to Apply for Aid

At Drexel, we encourage families to plan ahead to the best of their ability. Be sure to complete the following steps while applying for admission. For tips on how to navigate the financial aid process with greater ease, see Drexel Central's Prospective Student Information page.

File the CSS Profile

Drexel uses the College Board CSS Profile to determine eligibility for Drexel need-based aid. All students who are interested in need-based aid must complete the CSS Profile so that the University has a complete understanding of their family's financial circumstances. You can review the deadlines and instructions for completing the CSS Profile and start completing the form at the College Board's CSS Profile website.

For more information, view Drexel Central's Financial Information for Prospective Students page.

File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal and Pennsylvania state aid programs. Complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA online at after January 1, 2016. For more information about FAFSA, visit Drexel Central's Financial Information for Prospective Students page.

International students: You cannot file the FAFSA and are not eligible for federal or state need-based funding. Drexel Central's Financial Information for Prospective Students page has information on financing options and processes for international students.

Private Scholarships and Grants

You may be eligible for a specialized scholarship or grant from an outside organization. Some sources to explore include employers, unions, professional organizations, and community and special-interest groups.

For a list of recommended free scholarship search engines, visit Drexel Central's Non-Drexel Scholarships page.