Transfer Undergraduates

Financial aid for students who transfer from other colleges and schools is available from a variety of programs. Transfer students are reviewed and considered for financial aid, especially scholarships, upon admission to Gallaudet.

How to Apply for Aid

  1. Create an FSA ID. The FSA ID-both a username and password-has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used by students and parents to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Click here to create an ID.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Gallaudet University's school code 001443. It is important to list your correct name and Social Security number, and birthday. For a paper copy of the FAFSA, request one online or call 1-800-4-FEDAID.

    The FAFSA will provide a section to input tax information. If income taxes are filed, you may be prompted to transfer IRS data to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. However, if you are waiting to file taxes, do not wait to file the FAFSA. Use estimates and educated approximations and once taxes are filed, go back and amend the FAFSA. Failure to follow through with this revision could cause your FAFSA to be rejected. When completing the FAFSA, make sure you use information from the correct federal income tax return (1040EZ, 1040A, or 1040).

    *If you are a dependent student applying for a loan, the FAFSA requires parental information and signatures. Failure to provide the correct data could result in your FAFSA to be rejected, which will ultimately jeopardize your eligibility for aid.

    *If you are transferring in the middle of the school, correct your FAFSA to add Gallaudet University's school code. Your FAFSA will be the updated by the U.S. Department of Education, and the results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office. Contact the financial aid office at your current school to cancel any unused financial aid awards.
  3. Complete the IFAA (OPTIONAL). If you wish to be considered for additional grants and scholarships that demonstrate financial need, complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA) through your BISON account. The application is not required to receive an initial financial aid package. However, you may submit information to determine your eligibility for additional endowed scholarships that are a unique match to you. Completing the IFAA does not guarantee eligibility for scholarships, but it ensures that you will be in the pool for consideration for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Gallaudet University provides the IFAA as an all-in-one consolidated scholarship application.

Next Steps

Once your FAFSA has been received and reviewed, and you have been admitted to Gallaudet University, a financial aid award letter will be mailed to you. Please read and return to the Financial Aid Office, including any information requested in the letter.

The U. S. Department of Education selects a certain number of applicants for a review process called verification. If you have been selected, additional documents may be required to complete your financial aid package. Examples of documents include supplemental forms, copies of tax returns and/or other pertinent materials. When additional documents are required, the Financial Aid Office will contact you by email. You can also log into your BISON account to view a list of needed documents. Applicants selected for verification will receive an estimated financial award letter. Please note: Your financial aid package is not final until you submit the required documents to the Financial Aid Office. If you have more questions about this process, please contact us.

Click here for more information on verification.

Aid Application Deadlines

It is important to remember that you should not wait before applying for financial aid.

Enrolling Fall 2016 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Fall term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

June 1 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Financial Aid Office must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time.

The Financial Aid Office will accept applications after the deadline. Please note, some aid is "first come, first serve."

Enrolling Spring 2017 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Spring term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

November 1 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Financial Aid Office must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time.

The Financial Aid Office will accept applications after the deadline. Please note, some aid is "first come, first serve."

Enrolling Summer 2017 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Summer term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and Summer IFAA.

May 15 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Financial Aid Office must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time. Keep in mind that financial aid for the summer is limited. Students must also complete a Summer Institutional Financial Aid Application.

The Financial Aid Office will not accept applications after the deadline.

Scholarships

University Scholarships

Students are considered for most scholarships upon admission to Gallaudet. With the IFAA, students no longer have to apply for individual scholarships separately as it provides an all-in-one application. The Financial Aid Office encourages students to apply for admission early to receive equal consideration. You must complete a FAFSA to be reviewed for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need.

Other sources may provide scholarships that you may be eligible for. The Financial Aid Office encourages you to explore and apply for any scholarships from any sources for which you are eligible. Some departments at Gallaudet administer their own scholarships and may require a separate application. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Private Scholarships

Conduct your search for private scholarships as early as possible. If you have received aid such as departmental awards or private scholarships from sources other than the Financial Aid Office, it is your responsibility to find out when to reapply for funds. Contact the source or organization making the award.