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Don’t Let Common Inaccuracies Delay Financial Aid

All new freshmen and transfer students who filed a 2020–2021 FAFSA or WASFA should already have received their financial aid estimate or their actual financial aid award. However, there are a few common inaccuracies that can delay a student’s estimate and award:
1. the student’s social security number is entered incorrectly on the FAFSA/WASFA and/or the admission application
2. the social security number wasn’t entered at all in the admission application (which is optional)
3. the student’s name is misspelled or their date of birth was entered incorrectly on either the FAFSA/WASFA or the admission application.

When we identify any of these … » More …

Quick Tips for Navigating How to Pay for College

When determining a student’s costs associated with attending WSU and the options, a few things should be considered:

Determine what your student’s direct and indirect costs are:

Direct costs are those that are billed by and payable to WSU (tuition and fees, room and board, etc.)
Indirect costs are those that are not billed by and payable WSU, like transportation or books (these are still real expenses, but they may not be billed from WSU)
Students receiving financial aid are given a cost of attendance when awarded aid. This is WSU’s estimate of what it will cost to attend for a year. … » More …

UNDERSTAND YOUR ORIENTATION OPTIONS

All Washington State University students are required to attend an orientation session before enrolling in classes. At Alive! Orientation (13 sessions throughout June and July, including off-site programs in California and Hawaii) students will receive academic advising, register for fall classes, and get better acquainted with campus services and facilities.

Students who register early are more likely to get into the session they prefer. The student cost of $250 includes housing, meals, and all materials during the program. There are additional per-person costs ranging from $140-$195 for each parent/guardian who would like to attend the Alive! Orientation as well. If a student has high … » More …

FOR A SMOOTH FINANCIAL AID PROCESS: STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK EMAIL OFTEN

Over the next few months, please remind your student(s) to check their email often. Email is the primary method of contact for WSU families about the financial aid process.

As always, Student Financial Services (SFS) staff is available for students and parents. If your student has questions or needs financial aid guidance, please have them contact SFS at financialaid@wsu.edu or 509-335-9711. The SFS website and social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources for the latest financial aid information, quick tips, and scholarship opportunities.

INFORM YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT IMPORTANT PRIORITY DATES AND DEADLINES

Help your student prepare for their WSU adventure by reminding them that there are several tasks they need to complete by January 31.

 January 31 is also the deadline for the WSU General Scholarship Application. This single application offers students the opportunity to apply for over 700 different scholarships at WSU. This application requires thoughtful responses, so advise your students to start now!
While the 2020–2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be completed any time throughout the year for aid consideration, WSU’s priority submission date is January 31. Meeting this priority date increases students’ likelihood of being awarded … » More …

SEND YOUR ADMITTED STUDENT TO EXPERIENCE WSU

Experience WSU is a hands-on experience for admitted students to learn more about WSU and its many opportunities. Take a closer look at our academic programs and check out our unique residential campus life. You’ll go home knowing what makes the Cougar community so special.

Spring 2020 Experience WSU Dates:

  • Saturday, February 22
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 28
  • Saturday, April 11

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THERE’S STILL A CHANCE FOR UNIVERSITY AWARDS

Is your student on the cusp of being awarded one of our scholarships that are based on GPA and/or test scores? If you live in Washington and your student’s current unweighted GPA is just shy of the 3.4 minimum for the Distinguished University Achievement Award/University Achievement Award, there’s still a chance your student could get it. Similarly, if your student is coming to WSU from out of state and has a GPA just shy of 3.0 or 3.4, your student may be able to get our Distinguished Cougar Award (WUE) or Cougar Award. » More …

SCHOLARSHIPS CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE!

Don’t let your student(s) end their scholarship search with the WSU scholarship application—scholarships can come from anywhere! We recommend students fill out additional scholarship applications each year to increase their chances of receiving a scholarship. Visit our scholarship search engine to explore hundreds of additional scholarship opportunities. We also suggest that your students contact local non-profit organizations or community groups to check on available scholarships.

WSU IS RANKED IN THE TOP 25 INSTITUTIONS FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

Washington State University has once again ranked in the top 25 institutions for LGBTQ+ students! This honor has been bestowed upon WSU for a fourth year in a row. WSU has earned this ranking through continuous work on improving the campus policies to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals.

This is accomplished through the work of the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC). They provide ally trainings to teach students, staff, and faculty about needs and issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces on campus and in society. They have an amazing space on the fourth floor of the Compton Union Building for … » More …

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