In Washington, there are two different applications for financial aid, but you only need to file one.
- File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- File the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) if you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status and meet the eligibility criteria for one of the state aid programs that provide aid to non-citizens.
You should apply for financial aid as soon after October 1 as possible. Do not wait until you are admitted to apply.
Your college may have additional financial aid forms for you to complete. Check their website or contact their financial aid office to find out.
If you need help completing your financial aid forms, look for a free College Goal Washington financial aid filing event near you.
How your award is calculated:
Colleges use the data provided in your financial aid application to determine your eligibility for aid. Your financial need, as determined by the college, is the difference between the amount it will cost you to go to school--the Cost of Attendance (COA)--and your family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC takes into consideration your family income/assets, family size, and number of family members in college. While the calculation for aid eligibility is complicated, the easiest way to find out if you qualify is to apply!
For more on filing your FAFSA, watch this video by the US Department of Education: