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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. It is critical that you complete both applications, regardless of what you think your eligibility may be.

Step One: Submit the 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. You can review detailed information about this process on Drexel Central's How to File the CSS Profile page


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

One month prior to the start of the term

Please note: Transfer students starting in spring of 2022 need to submit the CSS Profile prior to February 15, the date the 2021–2022 CSS Profile closes.

October 8

*If you are from a Sanctioned Country – Benin, Cameroon, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Sudan, and Togo – you cannot complete the CSS Profile. Instead, you should submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) according to the CSS Profile deadlines. Visit Drexel Central's How to File the CSS Profile page for more information.

Step Two: Submit the 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 2022–2023 FAFSA can be completed online starting October 1, 2021. Visit Drexel Central's How to File the FAFSA page for more information about this application.


  Early Action/Early Decision Regular Decision Transfer Winter Entry Program
FAFSA (Priority Deadline)  February 15 February 15 No deadline (recommend filing as soon as you apply for admission) October 8

Continue to Review Your Financial Aid Status

Information during the entire financial aid process, including the status of your financial aid applications and any additional steps you must take to be considered for aid, will be available on Discover Drexel in the Financial Aid tab once you submit your admission application to Drexel.

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