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WASFA Instructions
Find instructions, eligibility and common questions for filling out the WASFA.
8 Steps to Filling out the FAFSA
Need to fill out the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form? Let's walk through the process step-by-step!
Ways to pay off student debt with forgiveness programs
Looking for some help with your massive student loan debt? Why not roll up your sleeves and do some good? By volunteering or choosing to work in service-oriented professional jobs in lower income communities, you could cancel a huge chunk of your federal student loans. You could knock off thousands and thousands of dollars of student loan debt after just a couple of years of service. Who knew doing some good could be so incredibly good for your bottom line? Loan forgiveness programs are available to everyone from Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers to teachers, nurses, doctors, and other young professionals serving communities in need.

"A-Z OF FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS" workshops: Free informative sessions offered several times each school year at Washington State University Vancouver. For list of dates/times/locations, go to,  Learn about ways to apply to get funds to pay for higher education.  Open to all college-bound students and their parents, not only those who plan to attend WSU Vancouver.


10 Ways to Try to Minimize the Cost of College
The cost of higher education has escalated faster over the past decade than the cost of any other major expenditure American families face. Here are some ideas how to make college as affordable as possible.
Washington Opportunity Pathways
Money is available to help you go to college if you and your family cannot afford to pay the full cost. In Washington, state financial aid programs are known collectively as Washington Opportunity Pathways. You don’t have to be from a low-income family to qualify for some programs. Financial aid includes grants, loans, work study, and scholarships - and can be either need-based or merit-based. Need-based aid is awarded to students who cannot pay for college without assistance and includes grants, loans, and work study. Merit-based aid, generally scholarships, is awarded to students based on academic, athletic, or other achievements or criteria. Most students receive a combination of aid in what is called a financial aid package that is prepared by the financial aid office at your college, university, or career school.
Western Undergraduate Exchange W.U.E. (out-of-state tuition reduction program)
Many public colleges and universities in 13 of the states in the western part of the U.S. enroll students under the W.U.E. program. It significantly reduces out-of-state students' tuition.
G.E.T. tuition program
Washington State's Guaranteed Education Tuition program. GET is Washington's 529 Prepaid College Tuition plan that helps families save for college.
Husky Promise Program
University of Washington's need-based scholarship program for low-income applicants.
College Bound Scholarship
This program promises to pay for unmet tuition expenses at Washington college and universities(at public institution rates) and a small book allowance for income-eligible students in the state of Washington who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate. Students may sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, and need only apply once. The deadline for all applicants is by June 30 at the end of their 8th-grade year.
Federal Financial Aid "Shopping Sheet"
Federal Financial Aid "Shopping Sheet" A new one-page form developed by the federal government is intended to take the mystery out of the amount of loans a student might need to take out - - as well as how much in grants and scholarships he/she would need to receive - - to afford to attend a specific college or university. The government asked colleges and universities to use the "Shopping Sheet" for the first time during the 2012-2013 college application year.
U.S. students' college debt total nears $1 trillion
According to CBS news, since the recession Americans have vastly reduced the amount of debt they maintain, with one glaring exception: Student loans.
How much student debit is too much debt?
An article about student debt from U.S. News.
Quick Guide: Which College Loans are Best?
College Board explains the different types of loans college students might take out.
Cougar Commitment
This program is our commitment to making WSU accessible to students from low to middle income families. Cougar Commitment awards pay full tuition and required fees, and are renewable for up to three additional years (a total of 8 semesters of continuous enrollment).

Financial Aid



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 
  • 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


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: - from U.S. Department of Education  – from U.S. Department of Education – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits and  – General information about scholarships, financial aid, planning a career, selecting a school, paying for school, and chat nights  -- Search for a school by name, location, program, degree offerings, or a combination of criteria.



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.