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FAFSA and WASFA Information for Seniors

Summary: For seniors interested in college, completing a FAFSA or WASFA is one of the first steps to receive college financial aid.

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

Check for upcoming Seattle Colleges workshops, ask your school counselor, or reach out to Seattle Promise High School Support Team.


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