The first step in applying for aid (scholarships, grants, loans or work-study) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Helpful tips for filling out the FAFSA
1. Make sure you double check your information - Social Security Number, date of birth, and name (legal name) must be those of the recipient; incorrect information here will severely delay the processing of your application.
2. Enter Meredith’s school code #002945
on your FAFSA to ensure that we receive the data.
3. Leave no blanks - Unless instructed to do so, make sure all blanks are filled in, even if that means entering a “0”. Read the FAFSA instructions carefully.
4. Don’t procrastinate - Complete your FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. Remember, you must file your FAFSA by the priority deadline (February 15 for new students; March 15 for returning students) in order for you to receive priority funding.
Our priority deadline means that all applications received by this date will receive maximum consideration for all available funds. Students applying after the priority deadline are less likely to receive maximum funds.
Financial aid packages
You must be officially accepted by Meredith before any financial aid package (scholarships, grants, loans and work-study) can be offered. New students whose FAFSA is received by February 15 will be given priority for awards and will be notified of aid eligibility by mid-March. Returning students typically receive their award packages in June.