Walden University is certified by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a variety of grant and loan programs. If you are a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, you may be eligible to receive federal financial aid, which can help you fund your higher education.

Read important federal financial aid changes for 2019–2020.

Federal Aid Options

The following are the federal grant and loan programs administered by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid:

New and current students must meet eligibility requirements to receive and maintain federal student aid.

Application Deadlines

The Office of Financial Aid processes awards on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that students have a complete Financial Aid Application at least six weeks prior to the start date of their program or renewal date of their existing loan, but students must have a completed financial aid application, within 30 days prior to the end of the term for funds to be processed for that term or financial aid award year. A complete Financial Aid Application includes documents required for awarding and disbursing of funds. Required documents may include but are not limited to the following items:

  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of legal name
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of registration with the Selective Service
  • Proof of High School Completion Status
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose
  • Official IRS tax return transcript or IRS proof of non-filing
  • Copies of W-2 forms
  • Aggregate Reaffirmation of Debt Letter from loan holder
  • Documentation of federal student loan default resolution
  • Documentation of federal student grant overpayment resolution
  • Academic records from previously attended institutions

Students must also maintain all federal aid eligibility requirements for the entire term or payment period.

New students: Award notifications will be made by e-mail to admitted students with completed financial aid files. However, financial aid cannot be disbursed until all required official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.

Current students: If a student is beginning a new Walden program within a term or payment period after completing a Walden program, financial aid for the new program cannot be disbursed until the student’s degree/certificate is conferred by the Office of the Registrar.

The Office of Financial Aid will continue to accept applications, offer awards, and process disbursements in the last 30 days of the term or payment period, but cannot be held responsible if funds are not available for disbursement for the term or payment period. Delays outside of the Office of Financial Aid can occur. For example, a student may not be able to obtain third-party documentation, such as Selective Service status information letters, official transcripts, and Graduate PLUS endorsers in a timely manner.

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven’t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at finaid@mail.waldenu.edu or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).

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