Set : Paying for College
College may seem expensive, but by planning ahead and finding the right resources, a college education can be affordable. There are many options to help students get ready to pay for college. Students and their families should talk about what works best for them, and explore the state and federal options below.
- Financial Aid 101
- Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA): Eligibility for several Washington State financial aid programs includes students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status. Students who meet individual program, income, or residency requirements for the State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply for state financial aid.
- TheWashBoard.org is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. This user-friendly site allows students to search and apply for scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria. Students can easily see what criteria are required and apply for only those scholarships that are a good fit. Scholarships are available year-round, so students should keep their profile up to date and log-in periodically to see if there are new matches.
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Student Aid on the Web (U.S. Department of Education)
Regardless of which college or university a student is interested in attending, they should speak with the scholarship office. Many colleges offer scholarships and some tuition waivers without regard to immigration status. Students should directly contact the organization that offers those specific scholarships and ask if they meet the criteria to apply.