College Preparation

Applying for Financial Aid

Seattle students follow many paths upon graduation from high school. For seniors interested in college, completing a FAFSA or WASFA is one of the first steps to receive college financial aid.

October 1: FAFSA and WASFA open. A complete FAFSA or WASFA is required for most scholarships, grants, and loans. High school seniors should apply early to get all of the financial aid that they are eligible for.

FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is used to established eligibility for federal financial aid programs. The FAFSA is the application for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (for example: permanent resident card/green card, conditional permanent resident, refugee).

WASFA: the Washington State’s Financial Aid program (WASFA) is used if FAFSA is not an option. The WASFA is the application undocumented non-citizens complete to access financial aid.

Apply for FAFSA online 

Apply for WASFA online 

FAFSA and WASFA Workshop December 14

When: Tuesday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. 

Language option: English; Workshops with interpreters will be presented in February

Location: Join the workshop on Zoom

All Seattle Public Schools seniors and their families are invited to attend a workshop to learn how to complete the FAFSA and WASFA financial aid applications. Completion of the FAFSA or WASFA is required to receive financial aid for college. 

Both the College Bound and Seattle Promise scholarships also require students to complete one of these forms. The Seattle Promise application requires students to complete the 2022-23 FAFSA or WASFA by April 30. 

What should I bring to the workshop? 

  • 2020 tax information, 1040 tax returns and W2s, for you and your parents/guardians (if applicable) 
  • Social Security Number, A Number, or ITIN for you and your parents/guardians (if applicable, you do not need to have a Social Security Number to be eligible for financial aid) 
  • See examples of what these documents look like

Bring your parent or guardian if you can. The FAFSA and WASFA require information from you and your parent or guardian, and it is helpful to sit down together to complete the process.  

Can’t make it? Check for upcoming Seattle Colleges workshops, ask your school counselor, or reach out to Seattle Promise High School Support Team.

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