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Student Financial Services Awarding Changes
Awarding Changes

There may be cases when a financial aid award is adjusted or recalculated based on a variety of reasons.

The common reasons a financial aid award was adjusted or recalculated are listed on this page. Please reach out to our office if you have questions. We’re here to help!

Change in Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The amount and type of financial aid a student is awarded is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that comes from the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When this number changes after a student’s financial aid has been awarded financial aid a recalculation of the financial aid award must take place. If the student or university makes a change to the student’s FAFSA this may cause the EFC to change. If the university is making the change it is usually due to information we have received after awarding has taken place. If a student needs to make a change to their FAFSA after they have received their financial aid award, it is recommended to contact our office to discuss the change before it takes place.

Residency Changes

Residency is determined at the time of formal admission to the university on the basis of information included in the university application for admission. Residency policies are set by the State of Washington (RCW 28B.15) and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s public colleges and universities. Students who do not establish Washington State residency will be charged out of state tuition.

If a student becomes a Washington State resident, or a resident becomes a non-resident, after their financial aid has been awarded their award will be recalculated to account for the change

Residency Information and Residency questions are through WSU Office of the Registrar.

Campus Change

Tuition and fees vary from campus to campus. If a student transfers to a different campus after their financial aid has been awarded, their award will be recalculated to account for the changes. Please visit our Cost of Attendance page to view the Estimated Cost of attending each WSU’s six campus locations.

Academic Level Change

There are annual limits on the amount of loans a student can receive each academic year. These amounts are based on grade level and dependency status. If a student’s grade level has changed after they were originally awarded financial aid, there may be cases where they are eligible for additional loans based on the grade level change, and their award will be recalculated. Please visit our Student Loans page for detailed information regarding types of loans and annual and aggregate limits.

Funding Source Changes

The financial aid awarding process for the academic year takes place in February each year. In many cases student are receiving their financial aid awards prior to some funding types as well as tuition and fee rates being finalized for the following academic year. Once funding sources are finalized, if a student has received a specific source of aid that has changed since being originally awarded, their financial aid award must be recalculated.

2018-2019 Academic Year Changes

  • The U.S. Department of Education finalized the Federal Pell Grant rates in April 2018 after many financial aid awards were finalized. This change resulted in an increase to the amount of Pell Grant students are eligible to receive. Starting in May 2018 our office began recalculating financial aid awards of students impacted by this change.
  • The State of Washington passed legislation in March of 2018 to increase the amount of Washington College Grant and College Bound Scholarship recipients are able to receive. Starting in May 2019 our office began recalculating financial aid awards of students impacted by this change.
  • Please visit our State and Federal Grant page to view more details regarding these programs, including finalized awarding charts.

2019-2020 Academic Year Changes

  • The 2019 Legislature established the Washington College Grant program to replace the Washington State Need Grant program. Please visit our Washington College Grant page or our informative video to view more details regarding this change.

Cost of Attendance (COA) Changes

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the average cost to attend WSU for one academic year. The COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transpiration, and personal expenses. The COA varies from campus to campus and determines how much aid a student is eligible to receive. If there is a change to a student’s COA after their financial aid has been awarded, their financial aid award must be recalculated.

Common Examples why the COA will Change:

  • Campus Change
  • Course load change (going from full time to three-quarter or half-time time)
  • Tuition or Fees are increased or decreased after financial aid awards were calculated

Please visit our Cost of Attendance page to view the Estimated Cost of attending each WSU’s six campus locations.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal and state financial aid regulations require that recipients of federal and state aid make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree. If a student is currently in a SAP disqualification, and/or is waiting on a decision regarding a submitted SAP appeal, the system will cancel out either federal or state aid, depending on what the student is disqualified in. Once the SAP status changes, our team will re-award aid accordingly.