WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
Concerned about privacy? Read the WASFA privacy statement.
State Financial Aid for Individuals Who Are Undocumented and Other Select Applicants
Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who cannot file, or do not wish to file, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for various reasons:
- Immigration status, or student is undocumented
- Parent is undocumented or family members do not wish to file a FAFSA
- Defaulted federal loans
- Repayments owed on federal grants
- Inability to provide selective service confirmation
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 Open Now – 2020-21 Application Also Available
Which WASFA application year should I fill out?
- Complete the 2021-22 WASFA application if you are planning on being enrolled in college (as a new student or continuing student) in fall term 2021 through spring term 2022.
- Complete the 2022-23 WASFA if you are planning on being enrolled in college in fall term 2022 through spring term 2023. The 2022-23 application will become available on October 1, 2021.
- 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.
- Complete a WASFA for the first time
- Eligibility questionnaire
- Make a correction/Add a school
- Submit an application for a new year
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 two standards:
- Have ever had DACA (current or expired) and have lived in Washington for one year prior to enrolling in college.
- Meet all of the following criteria:
- Graduate from high school with a diploma, earn a GED, or earn a diploma equivalent.
- Have continuously lived in the state of Washington for at least a year (12 consecutive months) before being admitted to an institution of higher education.
- Sign the Residency Affidavit included in this WASFA application stating that the student meets the above requirements.
For more information, definitions, and requirements, please visit the Student Residency page. To determine your eligibility, complete the confidential WASFA questionnaire (links goes to an external site).
Questions? Contact the Washington Student Achievement Council by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 888-535-0747 and select option 2.
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.