WHAT IS FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application colleges use to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
The FSA ID allows students/parents to securely fill out the FAFSA, save the FAFSA, and sign/submit the FAFSA. The student (CHS senior) and one parent need to set up separate Accounts (FSA IDs). This step can be completed prior to October 1, 2022.
IMPORTANT! SENIORS COMPLETE THIS STEP IMMEDIATELY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2022
For current CHS seniors, attending college Fall 2023:
Complete the 2023-24 FAFSA
Attending Summer 2023? See the CCRC for more info
For current CHS juniors, you will wait until October 1, 2023 to complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA Form.
After you submit your FAFSA form online, you'll need to review your STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR), which is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted. You (the student) will get your SAR within three days to three weeks after you submit your FAFSA form. When you get your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it's correct and complete. The school(s) you listed on your FAFSA from will use your information to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. If you made a mistake on your FAFSA form, you will need to correct or update your FAFSA form.
Which FASFA application year should I fill out?
Complete the 2023-24 FASFA if you are planning on being enrolled in college in fall term 2023 through spring term 2024.
Complete the 2022-23 FASFA application if you are planning on being enrolled in college (as a new student or continuing student) in fall term 2022 through spring term 2023.
Planning on taking courses in the summer? Check with the college you will be attending to confirm which application you need to complete if you are enrolling in summer sessions.
WHAT IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR FAFSA DUE TO IMMIGRATION STATUS?
Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who are not eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. These students still need to meet other program requirements.
Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who are NOT eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. To determine eligibility, the student will answer three Eligibility Questions when clicking on the WASFA New User Account link. If eligibility is met, then the application program will allow the student to "Create New Account" for the WASFA Application.
For current CHS seniors who are NOT eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status, you will complete the 2023-24 WASFA form if you plan to attend college Fall 2023.