Want to attend a college or trade school but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! Each year millions of dollars in scholarships, grants, and other types of financial aid are made available to students pursuing a higher education. Here’s how to get started:
Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a national form administered by the U.S. Department of Education that determines how much a student can receive in federal, state and school financial aid that could go towards tuition, fees and living expenses.
Fill out the FAFSA Form between October 1st and June 30th to receive aid for the current academic year (if already enrolled) or the following academic year (if applying for admission). If you need help filling out the FAFSA, speak with your high school counselor or college’s financial aid office.
With a Sno-Isle library card, you may also speak with live experts at Brainfuse HelpNow who can walk you step-by-step through the process of completing the FAFSA. Visit the Live Tutoring section of Brainfuse and choose “FAFSA Assistance” from the “Select Grade” and “Select Subject” drop down menus. Then click on the blue “Get Live Help” button to connect with an expert seven days a week from 1pm – 11pm PST.
Complete the WAFSA
If you or your family cannot fill out the FAFSA because of citizenship, immigration or tax filing status, you should submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA) instead as you may still be eligible for state-based financial aid. Not sure whether to fill out the FAFSA or WAFSA? Check out this video from Snohomish STEM to determine which application to submit.
Fill out the WAFSA Form beginning October 1st. Priority consideration deadlines can vary, so check with your school’s financial aid office for their specific date. Most schools give priority to applications submitted prior to March 1st.
- Career Bridge includes tools on how to pay for school.
- Start Next Quarter has a survey based on the local college you want to attend to find out if you are eligible for funding.
- Freshman Year for Free offers tuition-free, high quality courses online from top institutions for college credit. If planned well, you can take the courses required in the first year of college for no cost and then transfer those credits to the institution of your choice.