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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 your one-stop for the Offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar. Our goal is to help you in every way possible regarding any of those areas. Remember, we are always available to assist you in person at Drexel Central, or over the phone. The information throughout this page exists to help you throughout the financial aid application process.

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, a secondary CSS Profile for your noncustodial parent may also need to be submitted. You can review detailed information about this process on Drexel Central's How to File the CSS Profile page

Please note: Transfer students are not required to submit a CSS Profile for a noncustodial parent.

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 2019–2020 FAFSA can be completed online starting October 1, 2018. 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.

CSS Profile and FAFSA Deadlines

  Early Action/Early Decision Regular Decision Transfer
CSS Profile* November 15 February 15

1 month prior to the start of the term

Please note: Transfer students starting in spring of 2019 need to submit the CSS Profile prior to March 15, the date the 2018-2019 CSS Profile closes.

Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile or 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 Iran, you cannot complete the CSS Profile. Instead, you should submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) according to the CSS Profile deadlines (the 2019–2020 ISFAA will be available in October 2018). Visit Drexel Central's How to File the CSS Profile page for more information.

Review Your Financial Aid Status

Discover Drexel Prospective Student Portal (PSP) is a web portal for Drexel University prospective students. These students have 24/7 access to check their admissions application and its requirements; view their admission decision or estimated financial aid; pay their admissions deposit; and obtain quick access to upcoming deadlines, important resources, open house and accepted student's day registration, and campus news. Students can access the portal with their user ID and pin.

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, in the Financial Aid tab, 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.

Admitted students will receive information about the financial aid that is being offered to them at the time of admission.