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Financial Aid

Students in the Class of 2018  can begin completing the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017. This is a new shift which allows families to use "Prior Prior" year tax information which will allow you to use completed 2016 tax returns. All College Bound Scholarship families must complete the FAFSA by published priority deadlines at each college.

Both students and at least one parent will need a FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.  Click here to get your FSA ID.
FAFSA website is a tremendous resource and will be the site from which you will be able to access the 2017 - 2018 FAFSA beginning October 1. You can go to this website now and apply for your PIN, which is your electronic signature. Both the parents and students will need this PIN to complete the form.

You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. It should not take you much more than an hour – please use estimated tax information rather than waiting until you have completed your 2016 tax returns. The shift to Prior Prior year tax information does not guarantee a financial aid award letter earlier, but it will be a more informed aid package.

If you do have specific financial aid questions, we do encourage you to contact either a person at one of the schools your student is applying to or simply one of the financial aid offices at a local community or four-year college. They are all so happy to answer questions and provide assistance, even if your student isn’t applying to that school.

ECC Financial Aid Office: 425.640.1457

UW – Seattle Financial Aid Office: 206.543.6101

UW – Bothell Financial Aid Office: 425.352.5240

Seattle Pacific University Financial Aid Office: 206.281.2061

Seattle University Financial Aid Office: 206.220.8020

Helpful websites:

FAFSA - The website to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
CSS Profile - A supplement to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is required by only select colleges and universities. Please see if you need to complete prior to doing so.

Other financial aid resources:

www.fafsa.gov – web version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

www.nasfaa.org/students/About_Financial_Aid.aspx - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Great resources for parents.

 www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA – Department of Education financial aid information

 www.studentaid.ed.gov – free information about scholarships and other aid for college

 www.thewashboard.org— a free scholarship search developed by the Higher Education Coordinating Board in Washington

 www.wiche.edu/programs – information on Western Undergraduate Exchange

 www.finaid.org – source for grants, loans and scholarships

 www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams - information on scholarship scams

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