Financial Aid

FAFSA

 

Not sure which Financial Aid application to file?

Try this Questionnaire!


 

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  Make sure you  have everything you need!  This handy CHECK LIST will guide you through the process! 


 

How to Complete the 2023-24 FAFSA Application

Step-by-Step Instructions HERE


 

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Read all about the Financial Aid Myths and Facts HERE (English/Spanish)! 


 

FAFSA.gov has provided web based worksheets for the 2023-2024 year.  These are great tools to help you prepare for the FAFSA application! 

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What is the FAFSA?

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Five things you can do while you wait for the 2024-25 FAFSA!

Normally, the FAFSA is released on Oct. 1 for the following academic year, but this year, due to changes aimed at simplifying financial aid, the 2024-25 FAFSA won’t be available until December. That means that anyone who plans to apply for financial aid for the 2024-25 academic year has some extra time on their hands.

So, what should you do?

Here are five other things you can be doing to get ready for college while you wait for the FAFSA to be available:

1)      Create your FSA ID at StudentAid.gov.

2)      Gather the information you will need to complete the FAFSA.

3)      Research colleges.

4)      Apply for admission to college.

5)      Research and apply for scholarships.

Financial Aid Info & Completion Events

Virtual Financial Aid Night

What: Learn more about your options for paying for education after high school. Take your first step at this event by creating your FSA ID or WASFA account with help from Washington Student Achievement Council staff.

When: Wednesday, Oct 11th (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Where: Zoom – Register Here!

Virtual Financial Aid Night – Creating an FSA ID

What: Whether you’re a student or parent you’ll need to create your own FSA ID to access and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will use your FSA ID every year you fill out a FAFSA form. Join us to learn how to create and use your FSA ID.

When: Tuesday, Oct 17th (6:00 – 6:30 PM)

Where: Zoom – Register Here!

Virtual Financial Aid Night – Cómo crear un FSA ID

What: Los estudiantes y padres necesitan crear la credencial FSA ID para acceder y firmar la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA). Utilizaran la credencial FSA ID cada año para llenar y firmar el formulario FASFA. En esta sesión aprenderá como crear y utilizar su FSA ID.

When: Thursday, Oct 19th (6:00 – 6:30 PM)

Where: Zoom – Register Here!

Introduction to Financial Aid

 PDF Slide Show


 

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Check out this

Financial Aid Calculator


 

 

FAFSA

  For a complete and interactive online FAFSA resource page

CLICK HERE

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  Otterbot is a free texting service   created to support high school   seniors who have signed up for   the College Bound Scholarship. Otter sends financial aid info and reminders to College Bound seniors. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.

Learn More Here!


 

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FSA ID - What is it?

The FSA ID is a username and password combination you use to log in to U.S. Department of Education (ED) online systems. The FSA ID is your legal signature and shouldn’t be created or used by anyone other than you—not even your parent, your child, a school official, or a loan company representative. You’ll use your FSA ID every year you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and for the lifetime of your federal student loans.

Download a full informational publication regarding the FSA ID HERE (English/Spanish).


 

WA Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA)

The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is for people who don’t file a federal FAFSA application. People who complete a WASFA are applying for state aid.

For a full presentation of the WAFSA Application process, CLICK HERE