Eligibility for several Washington State financial aid programs has expanded to include students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status. Students who meet individual program, income, or residency requirements for the State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply for state financial aid.
What is Federal Financial Aid?
Federal Financial Aid (FFA) programs help eligible students pay for educational expenses at an eligible postsecondary school. Applying for FFA is free. There are three categories of federal student aid: grants,work-study, and loans.
Costs covered may include:
tuition and fees;
room and board;
books and supplies; and
Each year, millions of students across the country take advantage of federal student aid programs to help them pay for college. Check with your school to find out which programs it participates in.
This video will show you the process, but for seniors graduating in 2017, the FAFSA Will be available to fill out starting Oct. 1, 2016! Check out StudentAid.gov for more information.
Most student financial aid comes from the federal government programs described in this guide. The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid administers these programs. The amount and type of federal aid you can receive doesn't depend solely on financial need. Many students are surprised by the amount of aid they receive, so don't assume you're not eligible. Take the time to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applying for federal student aid is free! To apply for federal student aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need help completing the FAFSA, that help is free, too. You don't have to pay anyone for help and you should beware of scams and services that will search for financial aid for you for a fee. The College Scholarship Fraud Protection Act protects you from this type of fraud.
Creating a FAFSA ID
Prepping for Prior-Prior Year: Key Questions for Admission Offices
Watch this webinar about the changes coming to the FAFSA