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    financial aid types

    1. EVERYONE is eligible to file either the FAFSA or WASFA. 
    2. All information is protected under FERPA privacy act.  Your info is secure and cannot be shared.
    3. Washington State College Grant, College Bound Scholarship, Seattle Promise and others require that you complete the FAFSA or WASFA.
    4. Financial aid can be used at apprenticeships, technical colleges, 2 and 4 year colleges and other programs.
    5. Filing the FAFSA or WASFA is often required for merit aid as well as need based aid.

    Not sure which one?  https://tinyurl.com/FAstarthere

    FAFSA/WASFA

    In Washington, students complete one of two applications to be considered for student financial aid: the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). The applications open October 1 each year and students should try to complete their financial aid application as soon as possible after that date. In addition to state and federal aid, many school-based and school-funded scholarships require students to submit a FAFSA or WASFA form for consideration.

    Key Financial Aid Priority Deadlines: 
    Four Year Universities - January 15th
    Seattle Promise/Seattle Colleges - April 15th

    Filing EARLY is best...but remember it is never too late to apply for financial aid!


    FAFSA

    U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizen students (green card, refugee, etc.) will be considered for grants, loans and work-study funds upon completion of this form. Only the student's status matters for FAFSA, so even if a parent(s) is undocumented but the student is a citizen or eligible non-citizen, please file the FAFSA.  Federal aid can be used at technical, two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the country. Learn more about eligibility requirements and complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov and studentaid.ed.gov.

    How to fill out the FAFSA step by step

    Create a FSA ID  


    WASFA

    Students who are not eligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status may be eligible for several Washington State financial aid programs, including the State Need Grantthe College Bound ScholarshipState Work Study, or Passport Scholarship. These programs fund in-state public and private technical, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Learn more about eligibility and complete the WASFA at readysetgrad.org

    WASFA step by step
     https://www.heyyouneedaplan.com/how-to-fill-out-wasfa-step-by-step-guide/


     

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    1) Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA or WASFA if you are graduating in June of 2021.  Always use the FAFSA or WASFA form for the NEXT year of schooling (not this year's form because you are a senior and do not need the funding this year.)

    *Keep your FAFSA or WAFSA up to date with your colleges/career programs!!! Watch this short helpful video to learn how to add schools to your FAFSA  

     

    2) Seattle Promise - 2 years or 90 credits FREE | Applications due Feb 1

    3) Apply for Scholarships

    4) Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) to attend out of state colleges for 1.5 x the cost of in state tuition to save money!

    Questions?

    Need step by step assistance or have questions about financial aid? Contact your Counselor, Coach Access Coach or Ms. Linda Filley Bentler lifilleybent@seattleschools.org in the College & Career Center. 

    We are here for you!