Student Financial Aid

2017-18 Financial Aid – New Application Timeline!

What you need to know

  1. Submit your FAFSA earlier:

    You can file your 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as  October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017.  The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

  2. UW’s priority filing date is earlier:

    The UW’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is now January 15, rather than February 28.  So, for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by January 15, 2017 for priority consideration of all of our aid programs.

  3. Use earlier income and tax information:

    From now on, students and families will not need to estimate tax data to complete the FAFSA.  The FAFSA will ask for the last completed tax year—2015–for 2017-18.

    Whenever possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your and your parent’s income information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA.  It’s easier to complete the FAFSA this way and results in a more accurate financial aid award.  See more details on how to apply for aid at the UW.

  4. If you missed the priority date:

    It is not too late to submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA. If your application is submitted after January 15, 2017, you will still be considered for federal aid, including Pell Grant and student loans.

Note to 2016-2017 FAFSA filers:  If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when you completed your 2016-17 FAFSA, we recommend you update your 2016-17 FAFSA using the DRT first.  Then file the 2017-18 FAFSA using the DRT process as well.  In this way your FAFSA from both years will use the same 2015 income data.  This will minimize any communications from our office regarding conflicting data that needs to be resolved between the two school years.  This additional step is recommended as a way to transition to using income from two years ago–the new FAFSA base year–and won’t be required in future years.  Using the DRT each year when you apply, will simplify the process for you.

HB 1079 Real Hope/DACA Students:

For 2017-18 school year, complete the WASFA from by the UW’s priority filing date of January 15 to be considered for state and institutional need-based aid.  The WASFA form will be available starting October 1, 2016.

HB 1079 students who have Social Security numbers have the option of completing the FAFSA instead.  It is not necessary to complete both the FAFSA and the WASFA; however, you must notify the financial aid office if you decide to complete only the FAFSA. More financial aid information for HB 1079 Real Hope/DACA Students is available.