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.

STEP 1: CREATE AN ACCOUNT (FSA ID)

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, 2020.

STEP 2: FILL OUT THE FAFSA FORM

IMPORTANT! SENIORS COMPLETE THIS STEP IMMEDIATELY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2020

For current CHS seniors, you will complete the 2021-22 FAFSA if you plan to attend college Fall 2021.

For current CHS juniors, you will wait until October 1, 2021 to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA Form.

STEP 3: REVIEW & CORRECT YOUR 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.

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.

WASFA - Washington Application for State Financial Aid

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 2021-22 WASFA form if you plan to attend college Fall 2021.

TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid to pay for college is available from a variety of sources. Student aid includes:

  • GRANTS | Financial aid that is typically based on need and does not typically have to be repaid

  • SCHOLARSHIPS | Free money that is based on academic or other achievements, or on financial need, to help pay for school

  • WORK-STUDY JOBS | A way to earn money to help you pay for school

  • LOANS | Money you borrow to pay for college or career school; you must repay your loans and the interest that accrues