College Financial Aid
What is College Financial Aid?
Financial aid is money to help pay for college. It can include grants, work study, and loans to help covercollege expenses.
- Grants: Gift aid usually based on financial need and in most cases do not need to be repaid.
- Scholarships: Money awarded to students based on academic or other achievements to help pay for education expenses.
- Loans: Money that can be borrowed for educational expenses and is repaid over time (with interest added in most cases)
- Work Study: A financial aid program (federal or state) that allows a student to work on-campus or with approved off campus employers to earn money to pay for college expenses.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Completing the FAFSA or WASFA is the first step in accessing college financial aid. The FAFSA andWASFA open every year on October 1st.
- The FAFSA is the application that citizens and eligible non-citizens (e.g. permanent resident/green card, conditional permanent resident, refugee) complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed on the FAFSA website.
- The WASFA is the application undocumented non-citizens complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed on the WASFA website.
- Some colleges and universities will require additional financial aid forms to access aid. One of the most common forms is the CSS Profile.
How can I get help with completing financial aid forms?
- Seattle Public Schools will be offering a Virtual Presentation on how to apply for financial aid, and the resources available on Monday, October 5th from 7-8:30 p.m.
- Virtual Financial aid filing events to assist students and parents/guardians with completing financial aid forms will be offered throughout October and November. A complete list of these events is available here.
- Additionally, schools will be providing financial aid advising day lessons to seniors throughout October and November.