Set : Applying for Financial Aid
Your financial need is the difference between the amount it will cost you to go to school (cost of attendance) and the amount of money that you and your family are judged able to pay (expected family contribution).
Your expected family contribution will not vary much from school to school. However, each school has a different cost of attendance. Therefore, your financial need, or the amount of aid for which you qualify, may vary from school to school.
To determine your expected family contribution and your financial need, colleges and universities use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The FAFSA or WASFA considers your family income and assets, family size, and number of family members in college. Learn more.
During October and November, College Goal Washington hosts free events statewide to help students and their families complete the FAFSA or WASFA. Check out the list of upcoming event dates and locations.
The only way to find out if you are eligible for any financial aid is to apply.