We all know that investing in a college degree will pay for itself many times over, but paying for it can sometimes be a challenge for students and their families. Fortunately, there are ways to help pay for college, and the two most important steps are coming up and need to be done soon.

Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA/WASFA!

The 2017-18 FAFSA is already available for the upcoming academic year. Although the FAFSA can be filled out anytime during the year, new WSU students should submit it by January 31st to receive the best chance at receiving free federal, state, and WSU grants as well as low interest rate student loans.

The 2017-18 WASFA (for HB-1079 and qualifying DACA students only) is also currently available and must be completed by January 31st to be eligible for financial aid. If this deadline is not met, HB-1079 and DACA students will not qualify for financial assistance.

Additionally, the FAFSA and WASFA can be submitted even if the parent and/or student have not done their taxes! Here are some other tips:

  • Both the student and the parent need to complete the FAFSA/WASFA together. It takes time to fill it out so students/parents should plan ahead.
  • Allow a few days of “cushion” when submitting in case you have technical issues.
  • Complete the FAFSA/WASFA with 2015 tax information.
  • In order to cut out the risk for error, utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when given the option.

There are lots of great reasons to file the FAFSA/WASFA as early as possible. Even if students do not think they will need or qualify for financial aid, we still encourage families to complete the FAFSA/WASFA. Be aware that Financial Aid offered to FAFSA applicants in the form of loans does not have to be accepted or used if it’s not needed. It is better to have choices when trying to figure out how to pay for college.

Apply for Scholarships now—here’s how!  The deadline for the WSU General Scholarship Application is January 31st for the 2017-2018 academic year. Go to scholarships.wsu.edu to fill out this application. Again, plan ahead! Students should not wait until the last minute to complete the scholarship application. Remember, this application is for incoming students with any background!

  • This single application enters students into a pool of over 700 institutional and departmental scholarships.
  • Scholarship funds do not need to be repaid and are basically “free money” for the student.

We’re here to Help, Always

Student Financial Services (SFS) is the WSU office on campus that handles and processes scholarships and financial aid for the university. Both WSU and Student Financial Services are committed to helping students and their families find workable and realistic solutions to the challenge of funding a college education. Feel free to reach out to us if you need guidance and/or assistance by contacting us at 509-335-9711, financialaid@wsu.edu, or by visiting your local WSU campus. Don’t forget to check our website at financialaid.wsu.edu and follow us on Facebook (WSU Student Financial Services), Twitter (@WSUFinancialAid) and Instagram (WSUFinancialAid) for financial aid related information and key announcements.