Advice on Financial Aid
Wheaton believes that the financing of higher education falls primarily on the student and his or her parents. If a student is unable to pay his or her way, however, Wheaton does provide need-based financial aid. To apply for eligibility, students must fill out a FAFSA form. Many students do receive significant need-based financial aid. As far as merit-based scholarships go, the largest scholarship offered is the National Merit Scholarship, which gives $5,000 per year to National Merit finalists listing Wheaton as their first choice. The President's Award is the most prestigious college scholarship awarded and provides $3,500 per year. Neither of these awards helps very much, however, since yearly tuition is nearly $40,000. For the most part, unless you are eligible for government aid, your best bet for financial aid will come from outside sources. Many students go through extensive research and application processes in order to receive external financial aid.