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How to Apply for Aid

We want you to be eligible for as much financial aid as possible, and here are a few steps for getting there. We strongly encourage you to complete all relevant applications, regardless of what you think your eligibility may be.

Drexel Central is the University's single source of information for prospective and current students regarding financial aid, billing, and registration. Drexel Central can guide you from the point you submit your application up until after you confirm your enrollment. Look for helpful links to certain Drexel Central resources throughout this page.

Submit Financial Aid Applications

CSS PROFILE – All Applicants

Drexel requires the CSS PROFILE in order to be considered for Drexel need-based grant funding. This electronic application is provided by the College Board and gives Drexel an overview of your family's finances. Depending upon your parent's marital status, you may also need to complete the Noncustodial Parent Form. You can review detailed information about this process on Drexel Central's How to File the CSS PROFILE page

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants, work-study, and federal loans. The 2017–2018 FAFSA can be completed online starting October 1, 2016. Visit Drexel Central's How to File the FAFSA page for more information about this application.

Scholarship Opportunities

Once your admission application has been received, you are automatically considered for Drexel merit scholarships; but there are also Drexel and private scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible for that may require additional steps. Learn more about scholarships and grants.


  Early Action/Early Decision Regular Decision Transfer
CSS PROFILE* November 15 February 15 1 month prior to the start of the term 
Noncustodial Parent (NCP) Form or NCP Waiver November 17 February 17 N/A
FAFSA (Priority Deadline)  February 15  February 15  No deadline (recommend filing as soon as you apply for admission)

*If you are from the following countries, you cannot complete the CSS PROFILE: Iran, Sudan, or North Korea. Instead, you will submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA), which is available in October, and can be submitted according to the CSS PROFILE deadlines. Visit Drexel Central's How to File the CSS PROFILE page to download the ISFAA.

View Your Financial Aid Package

Information during the entire financial aid process, including the status of your financial aid applications and a detailed list of any aid you may be offered, will be available on Discover Drexel after you are accepted to Drexel. Discover Drexel will also provide you with information about additional financing options you may be able to utilize to cover any costs not covered by financial aid, such as the Direct Parent PLUS Loan, payment plans, and private education loans. Once you submit your admission application to Drexel, you will be provided with login credentials for Discover Drexel.