Step #3 How to Apply for Financial Aid
To be considered for most forms of financial aid awarded by our office, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Washington State Community College Federal School Code is 010453.
To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete the FAFSA no later than March 15 each year. The FAFSA now uses income from an earlier tax year, eliminating the need to wait or delay the completion of your FAFSA!
What to File
The following table provides a summary of key dates for FAFSA completion for the current and upcoming years, and the tax information required.
|Semester You Plan to Attend||You will submit this FAFSA||You Can Submit the FAFSA||Using Income & Tax Information|
|Summer 2020||2019-2020 FAFSA||NOW||2017|
|Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021||2020-2021 FAFSA||NOW||2018|
|Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022||2021-2022 FAFSA||Beginning October 1, 2020||2019|
There are a few federal student aid programs that have limited funds, so be sure to apply as soon the FAFSA is available. You can file your FAFSA each year as early as October 1 for the following Fall semester.
Benefits of Completing Your FAFSA Earlier
- Your federal financial aid will be finalized and you can search for need-based scholarships.
- Maximize your eligibility for certain need-based programs with limited funding.
- Time to make more informed financial decisions!
View a collection of videos to assist you and your parent(s) in completing the FAFSA, along with other additional financial aid information! This includes how to complete the FAFSA using the new myStudentAid mobile app and more!
The Office of Financial Aid host various FAFSA Completion Workshops for students throughout the year. Please stay tuned to the WSCC Facebook Page for future events or contact the office directly at 740.568.1908.
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.
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.
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.