1. Complete the FAFSA
The single most important step you can take is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at fafsa.gov. In order to keep receiving aid, you will need to do this every year.
WSU will use the FAFSA to determine how much institutional, state, and federal funding we can offer to you.
Almost everyone who files the FAFSA is eligible for student loans. Depending on your financial situation, you could also be eligible for grants, work-study jobs, and scholarships—aid you don’t have to pay back.
Undocumented students cannot file the FAFSA, but aid is still available; see eligibility requirements below and explore your options here.
Complete the FAFSA
2. Apply for scholarships
Even if your grades aren’t perfect, apply.
While academic performance is important, it isn’t the only thing that matters. Academic interests, talent, financial need, community service, leadership, career goals—any of these could qualify you for awards from WSU and from other sources.
The WSU General Scholarship Application allows you to be considered for more than 700 WSU scholarship programs.
Complete your Scholarship Application
Scholarships are available not only from WSU, but also from private donors and foundations. There are thousands of opportunities waiting for you to find them.
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3. Estimate aid in advance
Use our financial aid and cost calculators to plan your finances in advance and evaluate your options. (Please note that these tools provide only an estimate, not a guarantee.)
Depending on your financial situation, you could be offered several different types of financial aid. Explore your aid options here.
Financial aid estimator