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Financial Aid Information

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

Types of Aid

  • Grants – free
  • Scholarships – free
  • Loans – pay back after graduating
  • Work Study – work on campus for money

Go to College for Free

The Alumni Scholarship Committee has sourced an informative “Go to College for Free” video (see below).


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 15
  • Seattle Promise/Seattle Colleges – April 15

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


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.


Students who are not eligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status may be eligible for several Washington State financial aid programs.

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.

WASFA step by step guide

Important Tips

  • Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA or WASFA if you are graduating in June of 2022.
    • 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 funding this year.)
  • *Keep your FAFSA or WAFSA up to date with your colleges/career programs.

Scholarships and other Financial Aid


Need step by step assistance or have questions about financial aid? Contact your Counselor, Access Coach, or go to the College & Career Center in Room 205A.

We are here for you!