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NEW Student Teaching Residency Grant

We are excited to announce, in partnership with the Washington State Achievement Council, the launch of the new Student Teaching Residency Grant program. This program is established to help support teacher preparation program candidates during their student teaching phase.

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in a PESB-approved teacher preparation program.
  2. Be student teaching at a Title I public school in Washington any time between February and June 2017.
  3. Demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA or WASFA, meeting the following criteria:
    1. Family income at or below the amounts specified on the State Need Grant Family Income Eligibility Chart (2016-17).
    2. Have unmet financial need after considering other state and federal grant aid received.

If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply. The application opens on Wednesday, February 1, and will be available on our website: Please submit your application by the priority deadline of Friday, February 24, for best consideration. If you have questions, please email WSAC support staff at

Was your Financial Aid Recalculated?

Your Financial Aid Award was recalculated (if not full-time) on January 20th!

Learn more about the Financial Aid Census Policy

Key Points about Census

  • Census Date: This is the day that WSU took a “snapshot” of your enrollment for the semester. This ran on January 20th and financial aid awards have been recalculated and awarded
  • Census Petition Form: Submission deadline is Friday, February 17th and is for students who add credits (classes) after the Financial Aid Census Date and would like Student Financial Services to adjust their aid award based on this credit change.

Census Petition Form

WSU Alumni Association Scholarships

Did you know that the WSU Alumni Association has a variety of scholarships that you can also apply for? They have a separate scholarship application that can be easily accessed from their site. They have scholarships for both incoming and current students, and you do not have to be related to a WSU graduate to receive them … just have great leadership skills!

Need to Submit Tax Information? Here is the Next Step

Our office has begun the file review process for the 2017-2018 academic year. Here are some of the potential documentation you may need to summit to our office and information on how to obtain these documents.

Need to submit Form 24 (Student Income) or 25 (Parent Income)?

You will need to do one of the following:

  1. Go to to complete this and all other forms. Either upload your 2015 tax return transcript OR indicate you will use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Do not do both!
    • If you indicate you will use the IRS DRT, then go back and use the DRT on the FAFSA (under the financial section).
    • You will receive a notification that our office needs additional information from you (Form 98) if you selected the DRT option. You will also be asked to attach a statement informing us you used the DRT when you have completed this step.
  2. If you did not indicate you would use the DRT, then we will need a copy of your 2015 tax return transcript from the IRS. Tax return transcripts can ONLY be obtained by going to the IRS website.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) automatically transfers your tax return income information from the IRS website directly into your FAFSA. Both parents and students can use it. It’s quick and easy and can be done within minutes!

Use the IRS DRT Tool!

  1. It is the easiest way your FAFSA has the most accurate income-related information.
  2. Both students and parents may use this tool.
  3. Speeds up your financial aid processing (up to 10 times faster)!
  4. Allows you the option of not having to order tax return transcripts from the IRS which, depending on the time of year, can take 2-6 weeks to receive by mail.
  5. Step-by-Step instructions

Who cannot use the IRS DRT?

Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed a Form 1040-X amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return. Tax return information in these situations will need to be done manually. Remember, the Form 1040-X is used to correct your original filed tax return.

How to order IRS Tax Return Transcripts:

Federal regulations does not allow our office to accept 1040, 1040-A, nor 1040-EZ tax returns for verification/file review purposes. Parents and students will need to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript when a Tax return Transcript is requested by our office.

A tax return transcript can be obtained immediately online, or by phone and mail. To order one online you will need the following:

  • Your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from latest tax return
  • Access to your email account
  • Your credit card number or account number from an auto loan, mortgage, home equity loan, or home equity line of credit
  • Access to a mobile phone

To order one by mail, you will need the following:

  • SSN or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address from your latest tax return

If you order one by mail, please note it takes approximately 2 weeks to receive a mailed transcript from the IRS and it should be mailed to your home, not WSU.

To Order Tax Return Transcripts:

Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS

Starting on October 1, 2016 anyone who indicates they did not file taxes must provide official documentation from the IRS by obtaining a Non-filling Letter from the IRS. You will be asked to supply this letter from the IRS if you indicate you were a non-tax filer on the Student and/or Parent Income Verification Forms.

To obtain this letter:

  1. Fill out and complete the 4506-T form located on the IRS website.
  2. When filling out the form make sure you select box 7 “Verification of Non-filing”
  3. The instructions for where to mail or fax the completed form can be found on page 2.
  4. The IRS will send back the confirmation of your non-filing status within 10 business days.
  5. Once you receive the non filing letter from the IRS, supply that letter to our office by uploading it to the Student and/or Parent Income form located at

New SAP Policy for 2016-17 and Beyond

Effective for the fall 2016 semester, WSU’s SAP policy has changed. Our new policy will be based on SEPARATE state and federal requirements:

  1. Students receiving state aid (ex. Washington State Need Grant, College Bound, Passport, and State Work-Study) must meet the new state requirements.
  2. Students receiving federal and institutional aid (ex. Pell Grant, SEOG, Cougar Commitment, Institutional Grant, Direct Stafford Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans) must meet the new federal requirements.
  3. Students receiving both state and federal or institutional financial aid funds must meet both sets of requirements to continue to be eligible for financial aid.

For more specific information about our new SAP requirements, please feel free to check our SAP website or reference our 2016-2017 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Handbook.

Beginning this week, we will be sending this information to all financial aid recipients via their WSU email account.

Feel free to contact our SAP Team at if you have any questions at all.