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High School Seniors - Apply Now for 2021-22 Financial Aid


As of October 1, 2020, students can apply for financial aid for the 2021-22 school year. With all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, education after high school is more important than ever. Filing a financial aid application gives you more options for the future.


In Washington, there are two ways to apply for financial aid:

  • U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens apply with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • People who can't file the FAFSA—due to immigration status, defaulted federal loans, or other issues with federal aid—can apply for state aid with the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).


Completing a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application is a crucial first step toward college and career training. Many families assume they won’t qualify for aid, but there’s more help available than ever before—the only way to know for sure if you’ll qualify is to apply. 


Learn more, get support, and apply for financial aid at


If you have additional questions, please contact your school counselor.