All new freshmen and transfers who have filed a 2016-2017 FAFSA by the February 15 priority date will receive a 2016-2017 Financial Aid Estimate in mid-March. However, there are a few common missteps that can delay a student’s Financial Aid Estimate. The most common mistakes are:

  • The student’s social security number is entered incorrectly on the FAFSA and/or the admission application
  • The social security number wasn’t entered at all in the admission application (which is optional)
  • The student’s name is misspelled,
  • A wrong date of birth was entered on either the FAFSA or the admission application.

If a mistake has occurred on a student’s FAFSA or admissions application, we hope to find it as soon as possible and notify the student via email with instructions to remedy the situation. At this time, parents and students should double check their FAFSA to ensure all data was entered correctly—it never hurts to be proactive!

Over the next couple of months, please remind students to check the email they entered on the admission application often, since that is the primary method of contact for WSU about the financial aid process, admissions, and other pertinent information from around the university.

As always, Student Financial Services staff is here for counselors, students and parents and we’d love to help you! If you have questions and/or need our guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 509-335-9711. Be sure to also use our website as a resource at And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest financial aid information and quick tips. We look forward to staying connected to you in the coming months!