WASFA Privacy Statement
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) administers state financial aid including the Washington College Grant (formerly known as the State Need Grant), the College Bound Scholarship, and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA, for undocumented individuals. The Council is committed to providing opportunities and support to ensure every Washington student is able to pursue education beyond high school.
Regarding concerns that students, parents, and other partners may have about the confidentiality of information submitted on the WASFA, the purpose of the application is to provide eligibility information to colleges and universities in Washington that offer the Washington College Grant (formerly known as the State Need Grant) and the College Bound Scholarship. WSAC shares application information with campuses listed by the student so those schools may determine eligibility for resident tuition and financial aid. Campuses are not permitted to use the information for other purposes or share the data with other parties.
WSAC is committed to protecting the confidentiality of the information and privacy of students and families. Washington is a state committed to providing opportunities to students and protecting the rights of families.
WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
State Financial Aid for Undocumented Individuals and Other Select Applicants
Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who cannot file, or do not wish to file, a federal FAFSA financial aid application for various reasons:
- Immigration status/undocumented
- Defaulted federal loans
- Repayments owed on federal grants
- Unable to provide selective service confirmation
- U.S. citizen applicants with undocumented parents/family members who do not wish to file a FAFSA
These students still need to meet other program requirements.
To find out if you qualify, complete the free WASFA to apply for state financial aid.
2021-22 WASFA Application Now Open!
2020-21 Application Also Available
Which WASFA application year should I fill out?
Fill out the 2020-21 WASFA application if you are planning on being enrolled in college (as a new student or continuing student) in fall term 2020 through spring term 2021. Complete the 2021-22 WASFA if you are planning on being enrolled in college in fall term 2021 through spring term 2022.
Planning on taking courses in the summer? Please check with the college you will be attending to confirm which application you need to complete if you are enrolling in Summer sessions.
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Residency & Citizenship
In Washington, the state uses residency requirements for tuition at public colleges and state financial aid programs. Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens can meet residency requirements. Colleges determine residency based on individual circumstances, but typically students with resident status meet one of the following standards:
- Have lived in Washington for three consecutive years prior to graduating from a Washington high school or earning a GED.
- Have ever had DACA (current or expired) and have lived in Washington for one year prior to enrolling in college.