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How to Apply for Aid

There are several different ways to apply for financial aid depending on what type of student you are. Below are the steps that outline the process:

For New Students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)

  1. All students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in a degree-seeking, aid eligible program should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Drexel uses your FAFSA information to determine eligibility for federal and institutional need-based aid. Information about completing the FAFSA and deadlines can be found at All about the FAFSA Process.
  2. If you are a Saturday Scholar, Online, Graduate, or Law Year 2 or 3 student, you will need to complete an Institutional Financial Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA. This form is used to determine your cost of attendance for the academic year and what type of aid you will be eligible to receive. If your enrollment changes from what you initially indicated, you will need to submit a revised form to Drexel Central.
  3. If you are transferring to Drexel from another institution starting in the winter, spring or summer terms, you will need to complete a Transfer Student Financial Aid Application in addition to the FAFSA. This form is used to determine if you received any any federal or state financial aid at your previous school, which may impact the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive at Drexel University.
  4. Merit scholarships are awarded at the time you are admitted to Drexel for full-time, on-campus undergraduates and certain on-campus graduate students. You do not need to submit a separate application to be considered for a merit scholarship.
  5. Certain institutional scholarship and grant programs may require a separate application for consideration. You can review information about eligibility and applications for these awards at the "How to Apply for Grants & Scholarships" page.
  6. Private scholarships typically require separate applications that are submitted directly to the organization offering the award. Tools for finding private scholarships can be found at "All About Non-Drexel Scholarships".

For New International Students

  1. If you are an international student, you will automatically be considered for certain merit scholarships when you apply to Drexel.
  2. International students are eligible to be considered for certain special scholarships Drexel offers. These scholarships do require a separate application. You can review information about eligibility and applications for these awards at the "How to Apply for Grants & Scholarships" page.
  3. There are many private financial resources available to international students that you should explore. You can view some of these options at the Financing for International Students page.

For Continuing Students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)

  1. A renewal FAFSA is needed for each year you continue at Drexel. Information about completing a renewal FAFSA and deadlines can be found at All about the FAFSA Process.
  2. If you are a Saturday Scholar, Online, Graduate, or Law Year 2 or 3 student, you will need to complete a new Institutional Financial Aid Application in addition a renewal FAFSA each year you continue at Drexel. This form is used to determine your cost of attendance for the academic year and what type of aid you will be eligible to receive. If your enrollment on the form changes from what you have indicated prior, you will need to submit a revised form to Drexel Central.
  3. Private Scholarships typically require separate applications that are submitted directly to the organization offering the award. Tools for finding private scholarships can be found at "All About Non-Drexel Scholarships".

For Continuing International Students

  1. Any merit or special scholarships you were awarded during your first year will renew for subsequent years provided you are meeting the award's specific requirements.
  2. You should continue to review the many private financial resources available to international students each year of your enrollment. You can view some of these options at the Financing for International Students page.