Even if you do not “qualify” for financial aid, most scholarships require applicants to fill out the FAFSA or WASFA, so get it done!
It’s not too late to file for financial aid for college or trade schools! If you intend on continuing your education after high school, you must complete your financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA) your Senior year and EVERY year thereafter that you want to be considered for student loans, federal and state grants, work-study and even many scholarships.
Students should only complete ONE financial aid application, the FAFSA OR WASFA. At a glance:
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Complete this form if you are a United States citizen and have a social security number (even if your parent does not have a social security number)
- WASFA (WA Application for State Financial Aid)
- Complete this form if you are not a United States citizen and do not have a social security number
Resources to help you:
- Review this Financial Aid 101 presentation for an overview of the financial aid application process
- Review this web resource on How to Apply for Financial Aid
- View these additional helpful videos
- Access the Financial Aid lesson in student’s Xello account
- Visit our new website to support career and college readiness, FutureMe
- Attend a FREE statewide virtual event to help you understand and file for Financial Aid
- Find additional information in multiple languages here.
You can’t get financial aid, if you don’t apply and you may not qualify for ANY scholarships if you don’t apply! Contact the Career Specialist at your school if you need help.