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Applying for FAFSA

General Information

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the form that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal aid. This aid can include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.

Why should I complete the FAFSA?

Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for federal, state, and some types of institutional financial aid.  The fastest way to submit your FAFSA is online at fafsa.gov.  Both of these methods allow the federal processor to do a "final check" of your information to make sure your FAFSA is ready for processing before it is submitted. 

Which FAFSA should I complete?

You need to complete the FAFSA every year that you want to be considered for financial aid.  Review all of your information every year because your eligibility may change depending on your family's circumstances.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA, which will become available on October 1, 2021, will be used for the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 terms. For the 2022-2023 FAFSA, you will use your 2020 income information on the application.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA, which will become available on October 1, 2022, will be used for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 terms. For the 2023-2024 FAFSA, you will use your 2021 income information on the application.

When should I complete the FAFSA?  Is there a deadline?

Finish your FAFSA as soon as possible. December 1st is WSU's priority date. Students can file after this date, but the opportunity to receive some types of aid programs will be greatly reduced. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans are not affected by this priority deadline.  A list of final deadlines is available here.


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