What hours are you open?
Financial Aid during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters are open for walk-in inquiries:
Mondays 9am - 6:30pm
Tuesdays 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 12pm - 4:30pm
Thursdays 9am - 4:30pm
Fridays Not available for walk-ins as we process financial aid applications.
During the Summer, Financial Aid is open for walk-in inquiries:
Mondays 8am - 6pm
Tuesdays 8:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesdays Not available for walk-ins as we process financial aid applications.
Thursdays 8:30pm - 5:30pm
Fridays The Campus is Closed
Who should apply for financial aid? How can I tell if my family makes too much money to qualify?
If you think you will need help paying for your college expenses, you should apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
apply electronically using FAFSA on the Web.
The calculation which determines eligibility for aid is complicated. There is no easy, straight forward "income cut-off" or other method to help you anticipate whether you'll be eligible—the only way to find out for sure is to apply. If your family circumstances change, the financial aid office is in a better position to help if your application is already on file.
How much does it cost to go to a Washington state college?
Here are estimates of how much it costs to attend various schools. These figures include tuition and fees for 9 months and an estimate for room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Living expenses will be adjusted down for those students living with their parents.
|Public Community/Technical College||$18, 540|
|Public Four-Year College/University||$25,100|
|Public Four-Year Research University||$27,587|
|Independent Four-Year College/University||$47,853|
|Private Vocational Schools||Cost varies - contact individual schools|
How much financial aid will I receive?
You can receive financial aid equal to your "financial need." Financial aid is not intended to replace your family's contribution toward educational costs but rather to help fill the gap between what your family can pay and your total education costs. Financial aid not based on need is also frequently available to those who apply for financial aid (i.e., those who go through the application process for "need-based" aid).
What does it mean to meet the preferred deadline?
If you meet the preferred deadline and are determined to be eligible for financial aid funding, you may receive institutional aid, state and federal funding on a funds available basis. If the preferred deadline is not met, you may be eligible for Federal Pell and Direct Loan funding only.
How is my financial need determined?
A standard analysis is used to determine financial need. The amount your family is expected to contribute (the Expected Family Contribution, or EFC) is calculated based upon the information reported on your FAFSA. The EFC is then subtracted from the cost of education at the school to which you're applying. The difference between the two is your need for financial assistance.
You can estimate your EFC up front by using an online EFC financial aid calculator
What do I do when tuition is due and my financial aid hasn't been evaluated?
If you met the quarterly deadline and other financial aid requirements based on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and show satisfactory academic history, you may get a tuition postponement. This will allow you to stay enrolled in your classes without payment as we process your financial aid.
When do financial aid checks disburse?
Usually, Financial Aid checks begin disbursing the Thursday prior to the start of the quarter, with the exception of Summer quarter. Summer quarter checks are mailed out after July 1st. Checks are mailed to your address on file in Enrollment Services so be sure that address is up to date.
How do I log into my Financial Aid Student Portal?
To check your financial aid status or other information relating to your eligibility, please log into the Financial Aid Student Portal. Please use your social security number for the "username" and your six digit date of birth as the "password" in MMDDYY format.
When can I expect a phone call or email back?
If you leave a voicemail message on our general Financial Aid Office line, please expect a returned phone call within 2-5 business days, depending on the volume and traffic. The same timeframe can be expected if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We return emails and voicemails on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, we will not return phone calls if you do not leave a message or phone number.
Need a general overview of the financial aid process?
For a general overview of the financial aid process, including how to prepare for college, types of aid you may be eligible for, basic eligibility requirements, how to repay your student loans, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.