Step 1

For new students, the first step is to apply for Admission. As part of the Admission process, students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and students will receive notification of the merit scholarship eligibility at the same time they are notified of their Admission status.

Step 2

To be considered for federal, state, and/or Willamette University grant funding, federal student loans, federal parent loans, and federal work study (student employment), all students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Willamette's FAFSA School Code is 003227.

The priority deadline for the FAFSA for new students is February 1, and for continuing students is March 15.  Final deadline for all undergraduate students is April 15.  If the FAFSA is filed after April 15, Willamette cannot guarantee full financial aid funding.

Step 3

Receive your Financial Aid Award Letter. New students will receive notification of their FAFSA-based aid eligibility beginning in February, continuing students will receive notification of their FAFSA-based eligibility beginning in May.

Step 4

Accept or Decline your awards online.

If you need financial assistance beyond what has already been awarded to you, you can request a re-evaluation of your aid eligibility by completing the Financial Aid Appeal Form. Please contact us if you have additional questions about this form or the appeal process.

Step 5

Apply for loans, complete all other required paperwork, etc. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you, via email, of any additional processes or paperwork required for you to receive the aid that you have been offered.

Early Action/Early Decision Applicants

If you are admitted Early Action or Early Decision and want to receive an early need-based financial aid award, you may submit the FAFSA on or after October 1st the year prior to when you will start school. (For example, you will need to file the 20-21 FAFSA on or after October 1, 2019.) The Office of Financial Aid will review your eligibility for all need-based federal, state, and institutional funding.

Undocumented Students

Submit a paper FAFSA (a PDF of the form is available at to the Office of Financial Aid in order to be considered for aid in addition to any merit scholarship offered upon admission.  Oregon residents can complete the ORSAA instead of the paper FAFSA.

The Office of Financial Aid has been notified that Sallie Mae is now offering private student loans to DACA students.  Students must be able to provide their Employment Authorization Document and social security number to Sallie Mae.  In addition, students will need to have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer.  At this time, we are aware of just this loan for DACA students.  However, we strongly encourage students and families to research other options that might be available.  Our office will certify any loan that the student and family choose.

Competitive Scholarships

Talent Scholarships for Debate, Music, and Theatre are available for new students and require separate applications and/or auditions. Please click on the scholarship types for more details about their application processes.

Competitive Scholarships for Debate, Music, Theatre, Studio Art, STEMPublic Health, and Environmental Science are available for new students and require separate applications and/or auditions. Please select the scholarship types for more details about their application processes.

Early Action/Early Decision Admission Candidates

Apply for Early Action or Early Decision Admission by Nov. 15

Submit the FAFSA by January 10th

Priority filing timeframe of January 1st to February 1st

Regular Decision Admission Candidates


FAFSA priority filing timeframe is October 1st to February 1st

Returning Students

FAFSA priority filing timeframe of October 1st to March 15th

Willamette University

Office of Financial Aid

1st Floor Waller Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6273 voice
877-744-3736 toll free

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