Set : Applying for Financial Aid
Financial need is the difference between the amount it will cost to go to school (cost of attendance) and the amount of money that a student and their family are able to pay (expected family contribution).
A student's expected family contribution will not vary much from school to school. However, each school has a different cost of attendance. Therefore, a student's financial need, or the amount of aid for which they qualify, may vary from school to school.
To determine students' expected family contribution and their 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 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 back for a list of upcoming event dates and locations in late summer.