A variety of options are available to help you pay for college. Check out the options below and contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Need financial aid? Your first step is to fill out the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Just complete the online form and choose which colleges to send it to.
Remember to actually apply to the college too. Each college financial aid office determines what kinds, and levels, of financial aid to offer you. Colleges may offer you different options and amounts.
For instructions, visit the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial.
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
Apply Right Away
You can submit your FAFSA/WASFA application any time after October 1 for the next school year. Complete your application right away because many aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority deadlines vary from college to college, so check the college's financial aid deadline.
Students must apply for financial aid every year.
Types of Funding
Virtually all colleges and universities will use your FAFSA/WASFA information to award federal, state, and college-funded student aid. Types of funding include:
- Grants â€” do not need to be paid back
- Undocumented Students/DREAMers
- Loans â€” must be repaid
- Work Study
- Scholarships â€” do not need to be paid back
- Workforce transition support â€” do not need to be paid back. This includes:
- Opportunity Grant
- Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)
- Worker Retraining
Washington State Opportunity Pathways
A full list of Washington state financial aid programs â€” which collectively are called "Opportunity Pathways" â€” is available at the Washington Student Achievement Council's website, Ready. Set. Grad.
In This Section
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem complicated, but 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA can help walk you through it.
Financial Aid Tips
After you accept financial aid, ask the financial aid office:
- How and when you'll receive the money.
- How much aid will be directly applied to your bill.
- How much your first bill will be.
- What you can expect in future years. (Your financial aid amounts might differ from year to year.)
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