Step #3 How to Apply for Financial Aid

Learn the steps you can take to apply for financial aid.

To be considered for most forms of financial aid awarded by our office, you need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Washington State Community College Federal School Code is 010453.

On October 1 of each year, a new FAFSA filing year will become available. It is important that you know which FAFSA to complete. If you're applying for financial aid for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA. If you’re applying for financial aid for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, complete the 2020-21 FAFSA (will be available October 1).

As a general rule, students should complete the FAFSA as early as possible for full consideration of all types of financial aid, including non-need based aid. The FAFSA will use income and tax information from two years prior. As an example, the 2019-20 FAFSA uses income and tax information from 2017.

Other Information

Other FAFSA Application Information

Students and parents also need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA.

Additional information on how to complete the FAFSA is available through the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid tutorial.

Scholarship Application Information

Washington State Community College offers generous scholarship opportunities to students. To be considered for a scholarship through WSCC or the WSCC Foundation, students must complete a scholarship application, in addition to their FAFSA.

Making a Change

If your financial situation has changed significantly from the information provided on the FAFSA, please contact our office. We may be able to reassess your family's eligibility in the event of a loss of job or income, divorce, death in the family, or other special circumstance.