Fill Out the FAFSA or WASFA: It's How to Get Money for College

Published: 
Friday, October 9, 2020

Even though it feels like Fall Quarter just started, it’s already time to start thinking about next year. Now is the time to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) for the 2021-22 academic year. Make sure to include SPSCC school code: 005372.

FAFSA or WASFA?

Have you heard of the new Washington College Grant yet? There is a lot of free money for college available to Washington State residents, and it doesn’t matter if you’re just graduating high school or going to college in your 40s. How much money you get is based on your income, and the Washington College Grant provides money for low- and middle-income families. The first step is to complete your FAFSA or WASFA. But which one should you fill out?

Fill out the FAFSA to see what financial awards, grants, and loans you can receive from the federal government. If you are not eligible for federal awards, sometimes because of immigration status, complete the WASFA to see if you can get financial aid from Washington State.

Apply for financial aid by following the steps on our financial aid page. Once you hear back that you qualify for financial aid, be sure to explore other funding sources.

Other Funding Sources

You can also see if you qualify for other types of alternate funding sources like Veterans benefits, Workforce Transitions, Work Study, or Running Start.

SPSCC is approved to provide education and training benefits to veterans. Our Veterans Office helps guide qualifying students through their veteran and military education and training benefits.

Many students may also be eligible for special Workforce Transitions funding targeted at those who may have been recently unemployed or discharged from the military, students receiving benefits such as TANF or federal food benefits, and students living in poverty. If you think you may qualify, take this Eligibility Survey or talk with your Financial Aid advisor.

Scholarships

Another option to help pay for college is to apply for scholarships. SPSCC scholarships range from $500 to $4,000, and are awarded several times each year through the SPSCC Foundation. Outside of SPSCC, many local, regional, and national organizations offer a wide variety of scholarships. Get started by exploring the scholarships page on our website.

Grants

In addition to scholarships, the SPSCC Foundation offers grants for tuition, books, tools, and other equipment you may need for your academic program. Currently enrolled students can apply for Foundation grants through our scholarship page.

Still have questions? Contact the Financial Aid office or visit their virtual Zoom waiting room, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday.

Graphic with details about filling out the FAFSA
Fill out the FAFSA to see what financial awards, grants, and loans you can receive from the federal government.