The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that students attending a post secondary school (career school, technical school, community college, university), whether public or private, must complete to apply for federal student aid, which includes grants, student loans and work study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, FAFSA information is used by colleges, career/technical schools and private organizations to determine eligibility for non-federal student aid. The FAFSA application is available to complete starting on October 1 at FAFSA.ed.gov
In order to start your FAFSA application, you must first create a FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. An FSA ID is comprised of a username and password and can be used to login to your FAFSA application. Your FSA ID can also be used to electronically sign your FAFSA application.
The Washington Application for State Financial Aid or WASFA is a free application for non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. The WASFA application can be found at readysetgrad.org/wasfa. New users completing the WASFA questionnaire for the first time will be asked a series of questions to determine if the WASFA is the appropriate financial aid application. If it is, the WASFA application is provided. If not, a link to the FAFSA is provided.
If you have questions or would like more information about the FAFSA or WASFA please Contact the SHS Career Center at (360)563-4045. If you have specific questions about the FAFSA, please call the FAFSA Hotline at (800)433-3243.