Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

A private education doesn’t have to break the bank. At WPU, you can get the value of a private education for a cost similar to a public university.*

  • At William Peace, nearly 100% of students receive substantial financial aid packages.
  • We make it easy – As long as you fill out the FAFSA, we’ll consider you for both merit and need-based aid, without additional essays or applications.
  • Your scholarships and aid are renewable for all four years.

How to Apply for Financial Aid in 5 Simple Steps:

  • 1. Start My Admissions Application
    Kick-start the admissions process by first applying to WPU. If you’ve already submitted your application, just follow the steps below.

    Start My Application

  • 2. Request an FSA ID
    If you are a first-time FAFSA filer, go to the US Department of Education’s FSA ID webpage at and apply for your FSA ID. 

    You will use your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA on the Web. 

    Are you a dependent financial aid applicant? That means that you must have your parents/guardian complete information on the FAFSA, and one of them must sign your FAFSA. If that’s you, have a parent/guardian go to the FSA ID website and apply for a parent FSA ID of their own.

    Create an FSA ID

  • 3. Complete My FAFSA
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  by applying as soon after October 1st as possible.  The earlier you apply prioritizes you for certain funding opportunities.  The WPU priority filing deadline is February 15.

    • Enter WPU’s school code: 002953
    • As an NC resident, you can participate in CFNC FAFSA Day

    Complete My FAFSA

  • 4. Complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS)
    Establishing an in-state residency is another way to help you pay for college.  In North Carolina, a person’s residency status is determined by a centralized service called Residency Determination Service (RDS). Complete your NC residency determination at

    Complete My NC Residency Determination

  • 5. Check your email often.
    Watch your email or mail for communication from William Peace University. Sometimes additional documents will be needed before your financial aid offer can be finalized. 

    Within a few days of submitting your FAFSA on the Web, you will receive an email from FAFSA letting you know that your Student Aid Report is ready to review.  Your Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA form. Check to make sure all of your info is correct.