Winthrop University: Financial Aid - FAFSA Information
Contact Information
Office of Financial Aid
Sykes House
638 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2557 (fax)

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Applying for Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available starting October 1st

Every year students and families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate award year in order to be considered for federal financial aid (including student loans).

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available starting October 1, 2020. You will use 2019 income and tax information to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Since you already have this information, there is no need to wait to file your FAFSA using the FAFSA website!

Priority Deadline - Most need-based aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you file your FAFSA on or after OCTOBER 1, the better!

Which FAFSA?


Tax Year to Use


Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021    



Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022    


Tips For Filing FAFSA

School Code
In order for us to receive your FAFSA, you must list our federal code number 003456.

Both Student and Parent need their own FSA User ID  (View details.)

Name on FAFSA
When completing the FAFSA, report your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security card. Do not use nicknames, abbreviations, or middle names as first names. The U.S. Department of Education requires that your name on the FAFSA identically match your name on Social Security Administration records. You will be required to submit additional documentation should a name conflict occur.

Eligibility to File a FAFSA/Receive Federal Financial Aid
You, the student, must be a U.S. citizen or a documented, eligible non-citizen (your parent does not need to be a citizen for you to receive federal financial aid). You must be admitted to Winthrop University as a regular degree-seeking undergraduate student, a Winthrop Think College Student, or a graduate student seeking a degree or a certificate in Dietetic Internship or Counseling.

What Happens Next
The Office of Financial Aid will receive an electronic copy of your FAFSA approximately 2 weeks after you submit it. Once we receive it, you may be requested to provide additional documentation. The Department of Education selects approximately 30 percent of all applicants for a verification process. This means the Office of Financial Aid must collect certain documents to confirm the accuracy of the information you provided on your FAFSA. You will receive an email from us if you need to provide any further information.

Once the FAFSA is complete and you are fully admitted to Winthrop, you will receive an email notification directing you to Wingspan to view your financial aid award package (March for incoming freshmen and transfer students and June for returning students and graduate students).

Last Updated: 10/2/20