There are five important deadlines to keep on your radar with the start of the New Year and as high school graduation approaches for your students. Meeting these deadlines for the 2020–2021 academic year will benefit your students the most based on their financial aid eligibility. Help your students financially plan for next year by working hard to meet these WSU Student Financial Services (SFS) deadlines.

DEADLINE/PRIORITY DATE: January 31
The 2020–2021 General Scholarship Application: Your students need to make sure it is completed and submitted online by January 31. This is a hard deadline with no wiggle room. The application closes at 11:59 PST and must be submitted before that time. One scholarship application can qualify your students for over 700 WSU scholarships.

The 2020–2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): WSU’s priority submission date is January 31 but it should be emphasized that a student can submit a FAFSA any time of the year for aid consideration. Meeting this priority date increases a student’s chances of being awarded the financial aid such as grants and work-study.

  • The 2020-2021 FAFSA is online and is free to complete.
  • When filing out the FAFSA, a parent(s) and student need to work together on completing the application information.
  • FAFSA figures are based on 2018 tax information, and can be transferred directly by using the IRS Data Retrieval tool.

The 2020-2021 WASFA* (Washington Application for State Financial Aid): WSU’s priority submission date is January 31 but it should be emphasized that a student can submit a WASFA any time of year for aid consideration. The WASFA is a great opportunity for low-income, non-U.S. citizen students unable to file the federal FAFSA to be considered for state financial aid. *HB-1079 and qualifying DACA students only.

DEADLINE: March 15
The deadline for you or your students to submit their most recent transcripts and/or test scores to be re-evaluated for award eligibility is March 15. Transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 15. Late submissions will not be accepted for re-evaluation.

  • Only students on the cusp of receiving a waiver/scholarship will be re-evaluated. Please review the list of awards and GPA criteria to determine if your student may benefit from having their GPA or test scores re-evaluated.
    • Washington students:
      Distinguished University Achievement Award—minimum 3.4 unweighted high school GPA and qualifying test scores
      University Achievement Award—minimum 3.4 unweighted high school GPA and qualifying test scores.
    • Out-of-State students:
      Distinguished Cougar Award (WUE)—minimum 3.4 unweighted high school GPA
      Cougar Award—minimum 3.0-3.39 unweighted high school GPA

Submit documents when they are requested by WSU’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office.

  • After the FAFSA/WASFA are submitted and received by the SFS (financial aid) office, certain students will be selected for “file review.” This is the process of verifying the accuracy of the information provided on the FAFSA/WASFA.
  • File review is done by collecting documents such as tax return transcripts and other forms from parents and students. If your students are selected for file review, they will be sent an email requesting documents and/or forms. Please encourage them to submit requested information right away!
  • The March 15 deadline serves as a date for students (and parents) to submit all requested documents. This is a critical date to meet to be sure your students receive the most aid possible for the upcoming year.

Please encourage students to know these key deadlines and meet them as they go through their senior year. College will be here before they know it and financing their college degree should be a top priority.