Financial Aid

ICS Financial Aid Banner

 

Soft Launch of the 2024–25 FAFSA® & Delayed WASFA!
The 2024–25 FAFSA® form is available periodically as part of a "soft launch" and will be available for short periods of time while they monitor site performance and form functionality. They will initiate pauses for site maintenance and to make technical updates as needed. The 2024-25 WASFA will become available in January 2024.

Seniors Don't Delay! Be Prepared! Get your FSA ID Today!

The 2024-25 FAFSA & WASFA may not be available until sometime in December, but that does not mean you cannot start the process of getting your FSA ID now so when the FAFSA/WASFA is live, you can immediately start the process.
 
Note: You only complete the FAFSA OR the WASFA, not both. See information on this page to learn more about what application to apply with. Click here to download the worksheet to help create your account for the FAFSA or WASFA.
Who needs an FSA ID?
  • Student
  • All contributors (whose information will need to be included on the form.
What number should you use for the FAFSA?
  • Use SSN
  • If contributor doesn't have SSN: Those without an SSN will be able to create an FSA ID in Dec.
What number should you use for the WASFA?
  • Use your SSN, DACA, or ITIN, if you have one. If you don't, leave blank.
Contributors:
  • All MUST provide consent.
  • Need different email addresses and phone numbers.
  • If multiple children or parent is a student, parents can use same FSA ID Account

Non-U.S. Citizen Eligibility FAQs

Eligible Non-U.S. Citizen FAQs

Sources

Financial aid can come from several sources: 

  • Federal: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and can be used at most colleges in the U.S. 
  • State: Funded by States for their residents to attend colleges in their state. 
  • College: Funded by colleges in the form of scholarships/grants for students at their school. 
  • Private Organizations: These tend to be scholarships or private loans. 

Types

There are four types of Aid that can come from several sources: 

  • Grants: income-based, that can federal, and state.
  • Scholarships: merit and income-based, from public, private, and nonprofit sources. 
  • Loans: income-based, that can come from federal, and private sources. 
  • Work-Study: income-based, federal, and state.
 
 

Applying

In Washington, there are two different applications for financial aid, but you only need to complete one:

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Complete the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) if you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status, defaulted federal loans, or other issues with federal aid. 
  • Complete the CSS Profile for the schools that require it. 
Click on the title below to learn more.
Federal Student Aid EstimatORClick on the button above to use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to see how much federal student aid you may be eligible for in the 2024–25 award year. Note: This tool estimates the Student Aid Index (SAI) for the 2024–25 award year
WASFA Are you eligible?
WASFA Are you Eligible Image
Should you fill out the FAFSA or WASFA?
FAFSA/WASFA: Cómo completar la FAFSA/WASFA (Español)

Resources

Intro to Financial Aid (English)
First page of the PDF file: 2023-24FinancialAid101English
Intro to Financial Aid (Spanish)
First page of the PDF file: 2023-24FinancialAid101Spanish
FSA ID - Create Account Worksheet
First page of the PDF file: 2023-24_12thYearFSAID_WASFA_Worksheet
Is my parent a contributer?
Is my parent a contributor flow chart.
Students w/ Special Circumstances
First page of the PDF file: bfbf-students-unusual-circumstances
FAFSA Process
FAFSA Process Info
FAFSA Process Spanish
FAFSA Process Spanish Infographics

Informational Videos

Financial Aid: How to Prepare for the 24-25 FAFSA
Financial Aid Basics 101 (Fall 2023-24)
What You Need to Know: FAFSA Simplification Act
How much WA College Grant funding will I qualify for?
2023 Passport to Careers Financial Aid Workshop