How to Apply for Financial Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is Guilford College’s official application for need-based financial aid including federal grants, low-interest loans and federal work-study opportunities. (Information from your admission application is used to award merit-based aid.)

Every student is encouraged to complete the FAFSA because Guilford also uses it to award additional grants and work-study. Please note the following:

Guilford’s financial aid counselors are eager to help. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 336.316.2354.


Filing Your FAFSA

The 2019-20 FAFSA Opens October 1

Students apply for aid by submitting their FAFSA each year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-20 academic year opens October 1 at fafsa.gov. The aid application process is annual, and students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students should submit the 2019-20 FAFSA if they will be enrolled for the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 semesters. Guilford's School Code is 002931.

Applying for Aid

Guilford College has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 1, 2019. However, due to the high number of FAFSA applications received, grant funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis; therefore, it is important to submit the FAFSA and any other requested information as soon as possible. Students may be required to submit information in addition to the FAFSA. This additional documentation, if required, must be submitted in order to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA and additional documents should be submitted as early as possible in order to optimize aid eligibility.

Tax Data

The 2019-20 FAFSA requires 2017 tax and income data. The most reliable way to complete the FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA application. As an added security measure, when linking to the IRS website from the FAFSA website, applicants will not be able to see the tax data on the DRT web page, nor will it be visible on the FAFSA website when transferred into the FAFSA form.

New This Year

The FAFSA website has been redesigned and a mobile app has been developed. Starting October 1, students and parents can download the myStudentAid mobile app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. These two improvements should make it easier to complete the FAFSA.

Guilford’s Financial Aid counselors are eager to help. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 336.316.2354 or financialaid@guilford.edu.