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We’re Hiring! Join the SFS Team!

Student Financial Services is seeking a graduate staff intern and communication center reps for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year!

Graduate Staff Intern: This position will assist with financial aid and scholarship processing projects as assigned and shall include, but not be limited to, Satisfactory Academic Progress, File Review, myWSU checklist and communications, departmental communications and general student account management.

Apply for Graduate Staff Intern Position

Communication Center Reps: This position will assist financial aid by answering high volume inbound office phone calls, responding to customer emails, providing accurate and relevant financial services-related information and resources, and guiding WSU’s current and prospective students and parents with all key areas involving financial aid, scholarships, and general university contacts

Apply to be a Comm Rep

For questions regarding the position, please contact the Hiring Committee at sfs.programadmin@wsu.edu.

2018-2019 General Scholarship Application is now OPEN!

Over 700 different scholarship programs are awarded through the Washington State University Scholarship Application. You must submit this application every year to be considered for university awards. The 2018-2019 WSU General Scholarship Application is due on January 31st        

We also recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), as well as the WSU General Scholarship Application. The FAFSA helps us determine your eligibility for any financial need based scholarships.

Don’t forget to explore college and departmental scholarships on our Scholarship Search Engine.

Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application

WSU PLUS Application vs Federal PLUS Application

PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college. The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans eligible to borrowers through academic institutions that participate in the federal Direct Loan Program. WSU is one of these universities.

WSU uses its own “in-house” loan application for processing Direct PLUS Loans found on myWSU versus the federal government’s application found on studentloans.gov. SFS’s PLUS application is only accessible to you once Third Party Access has been granted to your parent borrower and in turn, links it directly to your myWSU account.

The Benefits of WSU’s PLUS Application

  • Both your parent borrower and you will receive all communications about the loan’s status; where just your parent receives this information when the application processes through the federal government’s system.
  • Troubleshooting is quicker and updated more often with WSU’s application versus possible delays in the federal application. This allows SFS to be more responsive to your needs.
  • Because the application links directly with your myWSU account, duplicate applications for the same loan are eliminated.

General Reminders about Direct PLUS Loans

  • The U.S. Department of Education is the lender.
  • The borrower must not have adverse credit history.
  • The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance (determined by WSU) minus any other financial aid received.

More about PLUS Loans

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