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Filling out your FAFSA Application

FAFSA: The key to financial aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—the FAFSA—is the single most important step in getting financial aid. You will need to do this every year to continue receiving aid.

Once the FAFSA has been completed, the information is processed by the U.S. Department of Education and a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to the school(s) of your choice. When our office receives your SAR, we will be able to offer aid that takes your financial situation into account.

Applications filed by the priority date will receive first consideration. The earlier you file your FAFSA, the more options for aid you will have. If you miss the priority deadline, you can still apply; some form of aid is usually available no matter when you file the FAFSA. See dates and deadlines »

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Fill out the FAFSA

Get ready to apply

Use these three websites to learn what you’ll need to know before you fill out the FAFSA.

The Federal Student Aid YouTube channel is also a great place to start getting familiar with the financial aid process and the FAFSA. When you’re ready, access the FAFSA at fafsa.gov.

Need help filling out the FAFSA?

The U.S. Dept. of Education is your best resource: their website has detailed instructions on completing the FAFSA and offers extensive support options.

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Apply for the correct academic year


If you need help within this time
Use the FAFSAUse this year's tax informationThe application is made available on
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 20162015-20162014January 1, 2015
July 1, 2016 - June 20, 20172016-20172015January 1, 2016
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 20182017-20182015October 1, 2016
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 20192018-20192016October 1, 2017

If you are attending Summer Session in May/June/July of 2017, you should complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Beginning in fall 2016, the FAFSA will be available on October 1st. Instead of providing the current year’s income information, you will use financial information from the previous year’s completed tax filing. Income information can be updated after application if need be.

Your FAFSA will be used for the entire academic year (i.e. the 2016-2017 FAFSA is used for fall 2016, as well as spring and summer 2017). If you have any questions about which academic period to file, contact your local Student Financial Services Office on your campus.

Renewing your application

Once you have filed a FAFSA, the following years’ applications are much simpler. You will simply need to update your personal information and input your family information for the current year.

Be sure that WSU is selected as a school of your choice. Once we receive your SAR from the U.S. Department of Education, we’ll begin processing your aid.

Use the NSLDS website to view information on federal student loans and grants you’ve previously received.

NSLDS Website

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