FAFSA and Federal Aid

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Completing a FAFSA is the very first "scholarship" step!

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students must complete this application in order to qualify for many types of federal and state grants, students loans, work-study programs and private scholarship opportunities.

Who can answer my questions about the FAFSA?

At Lakeside: Patty Dallabetta/[email protected]/509-340-4265

Financial Aid Advisors at the colleges to which you are applying are a great resource!

And you can call: 1 800 4FED-AID (800-433-3243)


Have you created an FSA ID?

  1. BEFORE filling out the FAFSA, BOTH the student and the parent will need to create an FSA ID.
  2. You can view a step-by-step video walkthrough of how to create your FSA ID here:

Washington Student Achievement Council FSA ID Walk-Through

You can store your FSA ID information on these worksheets.

The FAFSA opens Oct. 1st! File here


Overview on all Federal Aid found here.

Federal Grants: (free monies that do not need to be repaid)

Pell Grant(eligibility based on many factors, but primarily financial need)

FSEOG (for exceptional need):

A TEACH Grant is available if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area

If your parent passed away as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for a Service Grant

Other military grants available.

Information on transferring GI Bill College BenefitsInformation on maximizingyourGIBill Benefits


Work-Study

Federal Work Study programs (qualifying students can work on their college campuses)


Federal Loans: (monies that need to be repaid) Student loan overview

All students regardless of income will be offered at least one student loan program (low interest loans that need to be repaid beginning six months after graduation or discontinuing your education). If you accept a loan, you will receive Entrance Loan Counseling to understand fully your obligations, and sign a Master Promissory Note (the loan contract). These tasks will be accomplished through your college's financial aid office. Those who are financially eligible will be offered a subsidized loan (does not accrue interest while you are attending school). All students will be offered an unsubsidized loan (accrues interest while you are in school). If you are eligible for both, always accept a subsidized loan first. Parent PLUS loans can be applied for by the parents of students.