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Financial Aid FAQs

I have been impacted by Covid-19. Can I qualify for emergency funding for Fall now?

No, WSU is funding students attending the Summer term with the Federal Emergency Relief Grant (AKA HEERF III or ARP) based on specific criteria. We are also reviewing Emergency Fund Request forms for students enrolled for the Summer term. Fall term students will be evaluated at or near the start of Fall term. For more information, please see the WSU Student Care Network site. If your income or family situation has changed since completing the FAFSA or WASFA, please see our Special Circumstances page for possible options.

Is there a FASFA deadline?

New students, WSU’s priority date for FAFSA submission is February 15th. The priority date for returning students is November 30th. Students can file after this date, but their aid may be reduced. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans are not affected by this priority deadline. For other important deadlines, visit our info page.

When will I receive my financial aid?

Financial aid is disbursed to student accounts up to 10 days before instruction begins, generally the week prior to classes starting. If you have financial aid greater than your charges, you will receive a refund or excess funds payment. We recommend student sign up for direct deposit to make this process faster.  You can find information on signing up for direct deposit on our Helpful Videos page.

How do I qualify for Work-Study?

Work-Study (either federal or state) is a need based program. Students have to have applied on time with the FAFSA or WASFA and have to have documents submitted on time if they are selected for verification, and still have enough financial need after other programs are offered. Work-Study is offered to eligible students after they are hired for a work-study job, assuming they qualify. For more information on work-study, please see our work-study page.

Do I have to fill out a FASFA form every year?

You must complete the FASFA for every year you would like to receive federal and/or state financial aid.

What if my financial situation changes after submitting the FAFSA?

Changes in finances due to a reduction in income, a change in martial status, death of a parent/spouse, or other special circumstances may greatly impact a family’s ability to pay for college. To alleviate such changes, families may file a Special Circumstance Appeal to see if they qualify for an adjustment to their financial aid award. These are judged on a case-by-case basis to make adjustments to the data used in calculating the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to reflect these special circumstances.

If I change the number of credit hours I am enrolled in, will my financial aid be affected?

Yes, your financial aid can be affected by your enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc). If you change your enrolled hours, be sure to contact our office to discuss the possible impacts on your financial aid awards.

What is SAP?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards ensure that you are successfully completing your coursework and can continue to receive financial aid. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards.For more information regarding SAP, view our handbook.

What is an EFC?

Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) represents how much you/your family can afford to pay towards your education for the academic year. It is calculated from the information that is submitted on your FAFSA. This number is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.

Contact your campus’s SFS Office

Contact the central SFS Office & submit documents

You’re always welcome to contact our office. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about scholarships, financial aid, and funding your education at WSU.

Phone: (509) 335-9711
Fax: (509) 335-1385

Email

Use one of our preformatted email forms:

You can also choose from these options:

To connect with your WSU location, see the sections below.

Send financial aid documents to WSU

If you have a WSU network ID and password, you can send documents electronically.

Submit SFS Docs

Mail or deliver in person

Mailing address:
Office of Student Financial Services
Lighty Student Services Bldg., Rm. 380
1815 Wilson Rd.
PO Box 641068
Pullman, WA 99164-1068

You can deliver documents in person; just use the drop box outside the office anytime (left-side of the main doors).