Need-Based Scholarship Application Process

Deadline: March 15, 2016* – regardless of acceptance status or class year.

Step 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Wake Forest School of Medicine School Code:  E00524

To qualify for federal student loans for the 2016-2017 academic year, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA online at after January 1, 2016.  Completing the online form is faster and prevents many of the common errors associated with the traditional paper form.

Entering and returning students should submit the FAFSA no later than March 15, 2016

After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive a summary of your information in your Student Aid Report (SAR).  If you provide an email address, your SAR will be sent via email within 3-5 days. If you do not supply an email address, your SAR will be mailed to you about 4 weeks after you submit the FAFSA.

The SAR indicates your expected family contribution, which is used to determine your eligibility for federal student loans. The SAR also lists the information you reported on the FAFSA, so that you can check your information for accuracy.

If no corrections are needed, keep the SAR for your records. If you listed the WFSM school code in the college release section of your SAR, we will receive your information electronically.

Step 2: Need Access Form

To be considered for WFSM scholarships, you must also complete the Need Access Form online at as soon as possible.

New and returning students should submit the Need Access form no later than March 15, 2016 to insure the results reach the Office of Financial Aid in adequate time.  We recommend that you complete the form in its entirety including adding extenuating circumstances in the comment box as this we are looking at all information on an individual basis and this is your avenue to ensure that we are fully informed of your personal situation.

Parental financial information is required on the Need Access form for all students applying for need-based scholarships from WFSM’s resources.   

Step 3: Federal Tax Returns and W2 Forms

To be considered for WFSM need-based scholarships, copies of student, spouse if married, and parents’ 2015** Federal Income Tax Returns & W-2 forms must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid via email at Please type the phrase "Tax Returns" in the subject line which will trigger an auto-receipt.  

Step 4:  What to Expect after Applying

It is your responsibility to ensure all information is received and on time. Please feel free to contact us at any time to check on the status of your file. You may email us at

Award notifications will be emailed in mid-April notifying you of your awards for both incoming and returning students.  Be sure to add our FinAid email to your contacts to avoid your award letter going to your junk email box.

Once you receive your award letter, you will have the opportunity to accept, change or reject the awards offered.  Submit your awards online within 14 days of receipt. The Office of Financial Aid will certify your eligibility for the loans you have accepted and send the certification to the Department of Education.  Note:  The total amount you accept will be divided into two equal disbursements. 

For federal loans and certain scholarships/loans, you will need to read, complete and electronically sign your Master Promissory Notes (MPNs). AN MPN must be completed for the unsubsidized Stafford loan.  If you also accepted the Graduate PLUS loan, you must complete a separate MPN. The MPN link is provided once you submit your financial aid.  If you did not complete the MPN when you clicked submit during the accept award process, you will need to go to to complete the MPN process.

Another federal requirement is online entrance counseling located at the same site  Federal loans cannot be disbursed prior to both MPN and entrance counseling completion. 

Awards are first applied towards tuition.  If there is a remaining balance, a student should expect to receive a "refund" the first week of each term.  Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to ensure timely receipt of funds.  (A refund issued in the form of a paper check can take up to 14 days for processing.)  If current students are not enrolled in direct deposit or need to change banking information, you may do so through your PeopleSoft student account.  If you need further instructions, please contact Student Financials at  Incoming students will receive an email approximately two weeks prior to orientation with instructions on enrollment. 

*Applicants with extenuating circumstances who are unable to meet the Need-Based Scholarship and Loan Application Deadline must request consideration for an extension in writing by emailing the Office of Financial Aid. Only written requests will be considered.  Notification of the Office of Financial Aid decision will be sent via email within two business days.

** If the current year tax forms have not been filed by the deadline, a copy of the previous year’s returns are acceptable until the current year’s return is filed at which time a copy will need to be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.


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Financial Aid

Phone: 336-716-4264
Fax: 336-716-9593


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Office of Financial Aid
Wake Forest School of Medicine
PO Box 573183
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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