Washington & Jefferson College will not recognize May 1 “National Decision Day” deadline

Created: February 2, 2024  |  Last Updated: February 5, 2024  |  Category:   |  Tagged: ,

WASHINGTON, PA (January 31, 2024) – Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) announced today that they will not recognize May 1, 2024, as “National College Decision Day.”  W&J joins many colleges and universities nationwide, making this accommodation in direct response to the delays associated with the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to not observing the May 1 National Decision Day, Washington & Jefferson College is extending the deposit refund deadline.

Due to these delays, colleges and universities will not receive family data until mid-March. This data is required to provide students with their financial award letters.

“These delays are creating additional stress for fall 2024 college-bound students, particularly in light of the traditional May 1 National College Decision Day deadline,” stated Dr. Tracey Sheetz, Vice President of Enrollment. “W&J is here to support families and wants to ease the burden and provide them with the necessary time to make a decision.”

The financial aid team is prepared to expedite financial aid award letters once information has been received.  In the meantime, we encourage students to take the following steps:

“W&J’s motto is Juncta Juvant, which means ‘Together We Thrive’. During this government delay, it is important that we provide each family with the necessary time to submit their materials and receive financial aid award letters,” stated Dr. John C. Knapp, President. “We will be here to provide each family with any and all information to help them make an informed decision.”

About Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College, proudly located in Washington, Pennsylvania, is a historic liberal arts college founded in 1781 that values ethical leadership, professional readiness and inclusive communities. Our highly customized and intellectually engaging student experience develops professionals of uncommon integrity to lead in an ever-changing world. For more information about W&J, visit or call 888-W-AND-JAY.