Financial Aid

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Navigate your best financial path! Browse the bolded topics, then visit for detailed information or step-by-step instructions.


Phone: 336.758.5154
Fax: 336.758.4924

P.O. Box 7246, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Reynolda Hall 4
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Improve Your Financial Literacy & Financial Wellbeing!

Visit to learn how to make informed financial decisions throughout your college years and into your professional life.

Know the Status of Your Financial Aid Record!

We will contact you only when necessary to help ensure your maximum eligibility and timely receipt of aid funds. To ensure that you do not miss important messages, please check your WFU email regularly for messages

Use WIN to view your aid status and awards. Pay attention to any unsatisfied disbursement requirements, which will delay your receipt of funds.

Student Financial Aid (provides awards notifications) is a separate office from Student Financial Services (provides student billing). Once all disbursement items are satisfied, most aid funds pay to students’ DEAC accounts near the beginning of each semester. Student Financial Services provides information about DEAC (including how to set up a parent as an authorized payer) and instructions about student refunds (be sure to sign up for direct deposit) and Deacon Dollars (which can be used to purchase textbooks at the College Bookstore). Aid showing in DEAC as “authorized” has all disbursement requirements completed. Aid showing in DEAC as “memoed” has unsatisfied disbursement requirements (which you should investigate in WIN and take any actions needed to complete those requirements).

Proxy access for parents/family members is available for you to permit us to disclose your financial aid information with your parent(s)/family members. To protect the security of your information, we check your authorization and authenticate the identity of any person requesting information. (Please note that there are also separate proxy/authorized user setup processes for DEAC and DeaconDining.)

You Must Apply for Aid Every Year!

Tip: Create a calendar reminder now for the next three years! Aid eligibility is an annual process. Returning students must reapply for need-based aid each year by completing and submitting the Profile and FAFSA by February 1. If a family’s financial circumstances change (such as having fewer family members enrolled as undergraduate students in college in future years), then aid eligibility will likely be reduced. Use the Net Price Calculator to project likely future aid eligibility if you anticipate such changes.

Other Helpful Links

Financial Literacy helps you to make informed financial decisions while in college and into your professional life.

Student Employment provides information about student employment opportunities. Your student account (DEAC) statement will not include estimated Federal Work-Study Employment earnings, which will instead be wages paid directly to you (your personal bank account) biweekly as work is performed.

Report Your Outside Scholarship if you have received (or expect to receive) a scholarship from any source that is not already included in your current financial aid award from Wake Forest.

Outside Scholarship Announcements and Private Scholarship Searches highlight possible additional private funding sources.

WakeWare, the University’s academic technology program, provides to all undergraduate students the opportunity to purchase a laptop computer. Students receiving an institutional need, merit or athletic grant are eligible for a WFU Technology Grant to purchase the current standard model.

Wake Forest Upperclass Scholarships provides information about Wake Forest scholarship opportunities for continuing students.

Organization Merit Scholarships provides information about other undergraduate scholarship opportunities from various organizations.

Research and Creative Funding Opportunities provides information about funding opportunities for undergraduate student research and creative activities.

Current merit scholarship recipients with any questions should visit Wake Forest Scholars Program.

Study Abroad Scholarships provides study abroad scholarship information. Other Global Student Funding provides information about funding opportunities to participate in a variety of international-related conferences, workshops and other activities.

Athletic scholarship recipients should contact Athletics Compliance at 336.758.3992 with any questions.

Veterans Education Benefits provides information and instructions for recipients.

Financing options include the Federal PLUS Loan, Supplemental Loans and a Monthly Payment Plan.

And, last but not least, browse our Financial Aid A–Z Index.