What is the FAFSA ( Free Application For Student Aid)?

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

The form is required to be completed each year. For those applying as first-year students for the 2022-23 school year, the FAFSA will be open October 1, 2021.

All returning students will be able to complete the form as early as October 1 as well. Incoming first-year students tend to have earlier deadline requirements for the FAFSA than returning students.


How Financial Aid Works

For most students planning to attend college or career school, financial aid is essential.  The above link will walk you through how financial aid works, resources to pay for college, and loan repayment options.

How to Apply For Financial Aid  
Learn more about applying for financial aid at this link.

Washington College Grant - (formerly the State Need Grant)  makes education and training beyond high school affordable.  More families are eligible, and more programs and types of credentials are included.

What is Otterbot? 

Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington students navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.

How does Otterbot work? 

After a student signs up for Otter, they will receive periodic messages with need-to-know financial aid information, resources, suggestions, dates, and deadlines. When a student gets a text from Otter, they may follow-up with questions by replying directly to the message. 

Students can also text Otter at any time for help; it will provide them with answers or direct them to helpful resources. If Otter receives a question it cannot answer, it will send the message to a financial aid expert from the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Otterbot was created in 2019 to support students who have signed up for the College Bound Scholarship, and is managed by AdmitHub and the Washington Student Achievement Council. Our combined partnership ensures Washington students have access to helpful financial aid resources any time they need support.

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