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FINANCIAL AID FAFSA & WASFA

ARE YOU A DREAMer (undocumented student)?

The Washington Student Achievement Council has Washington State Need Grant Funds.  In order to qualify you must:

  • Complete the WASFA at ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA 
  • Complete any additional financial aid application forms required by your college,
  • Apply for admission to an eligible Washington college or university  

Eligibility for program:

  • Have graduated (or will do so before beginning college) from a Washington high school, or obtain a GED.
  • Have lived in Washington fro 3 years prior to, and continuously since earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
 

2017-2018 Financial Aid Registration

 

FINANCIAL AID:  Prospective college or university students and their parents/legal guardians should apply for financial aid for the first time in October of grade 12 (or as soon as possible after October).

 

Whatever type of college (vocational-technical, community, four-year) you plan to attend, there is only one way you can find out if the federal government will offer your family any type of financial aid to help pay for your post-high school education: you must file a FAFSA form.  FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 

 

To maximize your chances of getting financial help from the government, you should file a completed FAFSA form via the Internet on October 1st of your senior year or as soon as possible after that date. High school seniors who want to start studying at a college or university in the fall of the year they graduate from high school should apply in October of their last year of high school. And they should apply in October of each year they are enrolled in college when they anticipate attending any college the following autumn.

 

File your FAFSA online at http://fafsa.ed.gov/

 

If you have questions about how to complete your FAFSA, go to the Federal Student Aid website and look for the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.  Or call toll-free, 1-800-4-FED-AID. Or ask for assistance from the staff of the financial aid office of the college or university to which the student is applying.

 

Financial Aid Web Sites:

www.studentloans.gov - from U.S. Department of Education

http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov  – from U.S. Department of Education

http://fafsa.ed.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

www.irs.gov – Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits

www.collegeispossible.org and www.mapping-your-future.org  – General information about scholarships, financial aid, planning a career, selecting a school, paying for school, and chat nights

www.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool  -- Search for a school by name, location, program, degree offerings, or a combination of criteria.

 

FAFSA FILING DEADLINES FOR 2017-2018

The Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA) has posted the FAFSA/WASFA priority filing dates for next year! You can find the excel sheet on: FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlines for WA colleges and universities.

This Excel document includes FAFSA filing deadlines for Washington schools, financial aid office contact information, and whether the school requires a supplemental application in addition to the FAFSA. As you may know, there are two significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students.

·      Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2018–19 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2017, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

·     This is also true for the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) which is financial aid for DREAMers.

·      For maximum consideration of aid, including funding for WA College Bound Scholarship, students should submit their FAFSA or WASFA as soon after Oct. 1, 2017 as possible.

      Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2016 income information.

·      Because of these changes, institutions may have changed their deadlines from what they had been in the past.