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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 How to Apply for Aid 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 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

Visit the Drexel Central website to learn 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 Financial Information for Prospective Freshmen page has information on financing options and processes for international students.

Full-time transfer 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.

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.