Helping You Navigate Changes to Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has changed. With new requirements and features, students and families should prepare for a different application process than in previous years.

At Western Washington University, we're committed to helping you navigate these changes. We are here to guide you through the process and ensure you make the most of your financial aid opportunities.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)* to apply for financial aid for your education at Western. 

We encourage every applicant, new student, and continuing student to apply for financial aid as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not you think you may qualify.

Complete Your FAFSA Complete Your WASFA

Western's Federal School Code is 003802. This code is used for all WWU campuses and locations.

*Washington state residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status may apply for state financial aid by completing the WASFA instead.


Complete the FAFSA

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What's Changed in the 2024-2025 FAFSA Form?

The updated FAFSA application has an updated process with fewer questions and requirements. Your tax information will be retrieved through a direct data exchange with the IRS. For more information on the changes to the FAFSA, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Washington College Grant

If you’re a Washington resident, you will automatically be considered for the Washington College Grant when you submit the FAFSA or WASFA. The nationally recognized Washington College Grant makes a college degree affordable for Washington students. The maximum award amount will cover full tuition for in-state students at Western, and there is no need to pay it back. 

There is no separate application needed for the Washington College Grant.

Financial Aid Timeline for New Students

December 31

  • FAFSA is open for the upcoming year at
  • WASFA is open for the upcoming year at
  • Students who apply for Early Action, may receive scholarship notification as early as December
April 1 Western’s FAFSA and WASFA priority deadline
  • Western financial aid offers mailed to students
  • Revised financial aid offers will be posted in Web4U if additional documentation is provided or reviewed
June 1 Last day to commit to Western by submitting your enrollment confirmation form and fee

Sign Up for FAFSA Reminders and Updates

Want the latest updates on the FAFSA and financial aid deadlines? Sign up for our email list to receive information from our Office of Financial Aid.



WWU Can Help

WWU's Financial Aid office offers ongoing FAFSA completion support through scheduled appointments.

Students seeking individual assistance with their FAFSA can schedule an appointment for personalized guidance and support

Schedule an Appointment

We're here to help you understand the cost of your education.

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We recognize that college is a big investment for you and your family. Take advantage of our resources to help navigate the cost of your education. We have detailed cost estimates, a net price calculatorhousing and dining options, and debt management information. If you have emergency needs, please contact our Financial Aid department.