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Application Process

How do I apply for financial aid?
All students are required to apply for financial aid every year. Start the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and entering our school code of 003798.
What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
The UW's priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is always February 28. Don't wait until the last minute - file early! You may use estimated taxes if you or your parents have not yet filed your taxes. The UW's school code is 003798.
Do I need to provide additional information now that I have completed the FAFSA?
Our office will send you an email to let you know if documents are needed. You can also view the Document Tracking status on your Financial Aid Status in MyUW. Any requested documents may be submitted via online form, fax, U.S. Mail or dropped off in person to our office. Always include your UW student identification number (SID) and make sure all documents are signed. We are unable accept documents sent via email attachments.
Is it too late to apply for aid for this year?
No, you can still apply for aid, but keep in mind you should try to apply at least 4-6 weeks before the end of your enrollment for the year because we need sufficient time to complete the process before your enrollment ends. The Pell Grant program (for qualified undergraduates) and the government loan programs remain available throughout the year. You can start the application process at http://fafsa.gov
How will the Office of Student Financial Aid contact me?
Our office will usually contact you through your UW e-mail account. Please check your UW e-mail frequently. If you forward your UW e-mail to a different address, please update the mail filters of your forwarding address to accept e-mails from "uw.edu."
I did the IRS retrieval. Do I still have to mail my copy of the tax return to the Financial Aid Office?
If you use the Date Retrieval Tool to upload the tax information on to your completed FAFSA, and did not change the uploaded tax information, we will likely not need a copy of your tax form or IRS tax transcript. You will need to contact our office to see if we are able to waive our request
I'm a graduate student, do I need to provide my parent(s)' information on my FAFSA?
Normally a graduate student is not required to provide parent data on their FAFSA. However, if you are a professional student in the Medical, Dental or Pharmacy schools, then to be considered for the Health Professions Student Loan Program (HPSL) and Loans for Disadvantaged Students (LDS), you must complete the parent section of your FAFSA. Parent information is used only for consideration of HPSL and LDS funding, not for federal or institutional aid.
My parents don't claim me on their taxes and I live on my own. Why am I not independent?
In order to be considered independent for financial aid purposes you must meet one of the following criteria:
  • You will be at least 24 years old by December 31 in the academic year.
  • Married as of the date the FAFSA was completed
  • Working on a Master's degree or PhD
  • Active duty military
  • Veteran of the US armed forces
  • Have children who receive more than half of their support from you
  • Orphan or ward of the court
  • Emancipated minor in your state of legal residence
  • In a legal guardianship in your state of legal residence
  • Homeless or in danger of being homeless and can document
Documentation may be required to verify these criteria. It does not matter if you live with your parents, or whether or not they claim you on their taxes.
Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?
No, our counselors generally don't take appointments but see students Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Tuesday through Thursday, 1pm to 5pm on a drop-in basis. You can also email or phone our counselors with questions as well.
How long does it take for you to review information I sent in for my preliminary award or request to revise my aid?
The amount of time it takes us to respond to you depends on our workload (volume of other students with requests) and the time of year. For most of the year, we reply within 2-3 weeks, and will respond sooner if we can. During April through August we can take up to 4-6 weeks to respond. We will make every effort to get your aid ready for you for autumn quarter if all of your information comes to us before September 1st. For information received after September 1st, we will try to complete the review before the tuition deadline for the quarter, but you may want to review information on the short term loan program to help with your expenses before your aid is ready.

Because of the volume of students who want aid, it is important for you to apply early and respond to any requests for information as soon as possible.
MyUW shows a hold on my account, what does that mean?
Holds prevent aid from disbursing to you for a variety of reasons. Usually, holds are placed because we are missing requested documentation; you may not be registered for the number of credits your aid is set up for, or you may not have completed enough credits in the previous quarter or prior academic year. There is information about the type of holds on your MyUW account under financial aid status and you are welcome to contact us with any remaining questions about how to resolve the hold(s) on your aid. It is also important to continually check your UW email, as we will also notify you via email with regards to the paperwork we need from you.
What year FAFSA do I need to complete for the summer quarter?
The FAFSA that you complete for the fall quarter is the same one that we will use to determine your summer quarter eligibility. The types and amounts of aid available are limited. Learn more about summer aid. You will also need to complete the Summer Application at MyUW Financial Aid Status. It is available beginning April 1st. Husky Promise is not part of summer term.

Awarding

How can I tell if my aid is ready for the school year?
You can check your Financial Aid Status on MyUW. You will be able to see what types of aid are offered as well as items that require your attention (holds, missing documentation, etc.) You can also accept/reject your aid offer in this section of your MyUW account. Be sure to go through the entire process of accepting or rejecting the individual different types of aid to ensure that your offer has been officially 'accepted' or 'rejected' and does not remain in the original 'offer' status.
What is a preliminary award?
Your award notice will inform you if your award is preliminary or final. If you see the indication 'preliminary award', then this means we need more information from you to confirm your eligibility for aid. You can also view the Document Tracking status on your Financial Aid Status in MyUW. Once we receive and process the necessary documentation, we will send you a final award notice that may vary from the original preliminary award. Please take into account that a preliminary award is subject to change and is an estimate of your eligibility. We cannot release aid to you until we have finalized your award.

Although there is not a designated due date for requested information, we can run out of funding in the award year. Please provide the necessary documents to us as soon as you can so we are able to finalize the best possible award package.
How long does it take for you to review information I sent in for my preliminary award or request to revise my aid?
The amount of time it takes us to respond to you depends on our workload (volume of other students with requests) and the time of year. For most of the year, we reply within 2-3 weeks, and will respond sooner if we can. During April through August we can take up to 4-6 weeks to respond. We will make every effort to get your aid ready for you for autumn quarter if all of your information comes to us before September 1st. For information received after September 1st, we will try to complete the review before the tuition deadline for the quarter, but you may want to review information on the short term loan program to help with your expenses before your aid is ready.

Because of the volume of students who want aid, it is important for you to apply early and respond to any requests for information as soon as possible.
When/How is aid disbursed?
Certain conditions must be met in order to allow funds to disburse. You must have satisfied all of the paperwork needed, all corresponding holds must be removed, and you must be enrolled for the number of credits your aid is set up for. You need to register for full time credits if your aid is awarded to you as a full time student (12 credits for undergraduates, 5th years and professional students, or 10 credits for graduate students). We begin disbursing aid generally the Wednesday before the start of each quarter. If you have signed up for direct deposit, and all of the above criteria has been met, funds should arrive in your bank account by the first day of the quarter. Please bear in mind that it takes approximately 2-3 business days for the direct deposit to arrive in your personal bank account after aid has disbursed to your student account. For more information please see How to Receive Your aid.
How do I know if I am eligible for work study?
If you indicated that you are interested in work-study on your FAFSA and you meet the eligibility criteria, work-study will be listed on your Award Letter. Typically, work-study is limited and is offered to the neediest students first.
I have been offered work study, what should I do next?
If you have been offered work-study, there will be a link to the work-study jobs on your Award Letter. After reviewing available positions, contact potential employers to set up interviews or meetings. When you go to your job interview, you will need to take a Work-Study Referall form which you can get from the Work-Study Office in room 520 Schmitz Hall.
How do I report scholarships and other educational resources, such as departmental funding, DVR, military benefits, etc.?
If you have scholarships or resources in addition to your financial aid, you will need to report the scholarship or resource name and annual award amount in the Resources section of your Award Letter, or by contacting our office. If you report a scholarship through e-mail be sure to include your name, UW ID#, the name of the scholarship or resource, and the annual award amount.
Does where I live make a difference in the amount of aid I receive?
Yes, your room and board component of your budget is based on your living situation. If you live with your parent(s) or other relatives your room & board allowance is lower to reflect your lower housing costs where it is expected that you will not pay rent or pay a reduced amount. If you live on-campus or off-campus (apartment, house, fraternity/sorority), your housing allowance is greater due to the increased cost.

It is important to let our office know if your living arrangements change during the school year and you are moving between your parent(s) or relative's and on or off-campus housing. As the same costs are used for on and off-campus housing, you do not need to notify us if you move between these two categories such as between a dorm and an apartment.
I am not a Washington resident. What kind of aid can I receive?
We can determine your eligibility for federal financial aid only. We are unable to offer state, institutional, or university scholarships to non-resident applicants. We recommend you visit http://finaid.org for information about non-UW scholarships.
My financial aid award is not enough to cover my expenses. What are my options?
If your financial aid award is not enough to cover your expenses, you have several options: Talk to one of our counselors to see if any adjustments can be made to your award. Loans, both need based (Perkins and Subsidized Stafford) and non-need based (Unsubsidized Stafford, Parent PLUS, or Graduate PLUS) may be available.

If your income or resources (or that of your parent(s)) has decreased significantly since you filed the FAFSA, then you can complete and submit a Revision Request for Change in Financial Situation for our office to review.

If you incur expenses during the school year that are not part of the standard student budget that we use to award financial aid, you may complete a Revision Request for Additional Expenses and submit it to our office. We will review your request to determine if these additional expenses are allowable and can be used to increase the budget. If we are able to approve the request, then we will determine if there is any additional financial aid that can be awarded. Please note that not all expenses are allowable, so please read the directions on the Revision Request for Additional Expenses carefully and provide the appropriate documentation with the request. Additional aid usually comes in the form of loans.

Enrollment

How many credits are considered full-time for undergraduate students?
Full time enrollment for undergraduate students is a minimum of 12 (twelve) credits (including Summer). Most aid programs require full-time enrollment (12 credits) for disbursement. However, there are funds available for students enrolled less than full time. You must contact our office if you will be enrolled less than full time so that we may adjust your award.
How many credits are considered full-time for graduate students?
For some Law, Medicine, Dental and Pharmacy students, full-time is12 credits. For all other graduate students, full-time enrollment is 10 graduate level credits. Only the credits from your graduate-level courses are counted towards your enrollment. You may receive aid for undergraduate courses if your adviser lets us know in writing that the course is required for your degree.
What happens if I want to go part-time instead of full-time?
Part-time students (less than 12 credits for undergraduates, 5th year, and professional students, and less than 10 credits for graduate students) can receive financial aid. However, most of our institutional grants and scholarships, Perkins Loans and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) require full-time status. Usually, Pell and State Need Grants can be prorated for less than full-time attendance (State Need Grant goes down to 3 credits and Pell Grant goes down to 1 credit). For example, you might receive half of your normal Pell Grant for 6-8 credits of enrollment. The Stafford Loan Programs, Parent PLUS loans and Graduate PLUS loans only require half-time attendance. Please check in with a Work Study counselor to find out about less than full-time eligibility for the Federal and State Work Study programs.

If you want to attend less than full-time, you should talk to one of our counselors about adjusting your aid. In addition, if you have extenuating circumstances that are preventing you from attending full-time, you can file a Priority Appeal Form to see if you can keep any of your aid that normally requires full-time attendance.
What happens if I drop a class?
When you withdraw from a class, there can be implications during the quarter, at the end of the quarter, and at the end of the academic year. If you have aid for the quarter you have not yet received, it may be canceled and your future aid eligibility may be affected due to undergraduate or graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
What happens if I withdraw from the quarter?
If you withdraw during the quarter, four things may occur:
  • Your eligibility for further aid may be canceled;
  • You may have to repay aid you received for the quarter, depending on when you withdraw;
  • Your tuition payment may be forfeited, depending on when you withdraw;
  • You begin your grace period and/or repayment, if you've borrowed any student loans (contact your lenders for more information).
If you are contemplating withdrawing from the quarter or have withdrawn, be sure to review the Withdraw/Refund/Repayment information and contact one of our counselors if you have questions.
What should I do if I will not attend a quarter?
If you do not plan to enroll for a quarter or more, you must contact us so we can adjust your aid accordingly. If you do not attend and do not notify us prior to the start of that quarter, your aid is subject to cancellation for the rest of the academic year. Should you return after a quarter break and your aid was cancelled for non-enrollment, we may reinstate your award with available funds. We may be unable to reinstate your original award due to fund limitations.

If you drop below half-time enrollment, you may lose your eligibility for certain types of aid at the end of the quarter (unless you received "less than half-time aid" for the specific number of credits that you passed). If you have student loans, your grace period for your loans will begin upon less than half-time enrollment. In addition, you may lose your eligibility for future quarters if at the end of the year you are short of the annual credit requirement.
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
When you receive aid you are responsible for completing a certain number of credits per quarter and per year as well as maintaining your grade point average at a minimum of 2.0. In addition, you need to finish your degree within a maximum number of years. Failure to meet the progress requirement can cause an interruption in financial aid eligibility or denial of further financial aid funding. It is important to be familiar with the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress requirements. To learn about the Satisfactory Progress criteria, please refer to our Satisfactory Progress Policy for Undergraduates, or for Graduate and Professional Students.
Can I receive aid for a second major or minor?
You may receive aid if you are completing a double major or a minor. Please note that undergraduate students may be able to complete a second major or a minor within the maximum time frame period of 225 attempted credits. However, an extension of financial aid eligibility beyond the 225 attempted credits based solely on an interest in pursuing a second major or minor is not an approvable appeal. For more information about Maximum Time Frame, please refer to our Satisfactory Progress Policy for Undergraduates, or for Graduate and Professional Students.

Along with the maximum time frame limits, certain aid programs also have aggregate maximums which will limit eligibility for aid funds, such as:
  • 15 quarters of State Need Grant,
  • 12 quarters of Husky Promise eligibility,
  • 600% Federal Pell Grant Limited EligibilityUnits,
  • Lifetime aggregate limits on Stafford Loans
You may submit an appeal if you go beyond the maximum time frame. If it is approved, you aid will be extended to a specific quarter or maximum number of credits. For more information, refer to our undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Page. For graduate and professional students, please refer to our page for graduate students.
MyUW shows a hold on my account, what does that mean?
Holds prevent aid from disbursing to you for a variety of reasons. Usually, holds are placed because we are missing requested documentation or you may not be registered for the number of credits your aid is set up for, or you may not have completed enough credits in the previous quarter or prior academic year. There is information about the type of holds on your MyUW account under financial aid status and you are welcome to contact us with any remaining questions about how to resolve the hold(s) on your aid. It is also important to continually check your UW email, as we will also notify you there in regards to the paperwork we need from you.
I'm an undergraduate and I'll complete my degree before spring quarter. How does this affect my aid?
Please notify our office if you have an award set up for a quarter that you will not be enrolled. If you are graduating before the end of Spring Quarter, then your Stafford Loan may be prorated to the number of quarters you will be enrolled. We may be unable to offer you the annual maximum amounts if you will be graduating before Spring Quarter.

Loans

What is the difference between the Subsidized and the Unsubsidized Stafford Loans?
Subsidized Stafford loans are only available for undergraduates beginning with the 2013-14 aid year. The federal government pays the interest for the Subsidized Stafford Loan while you are in school. With the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the interest accrues while you are in school; you are responsible for paying the amount that accrues either while you are in school or when you enter repayment. See the Student Loan chart for more details.
I accepted my Stafford Loan(s) (and/or Grad PLUS Loan), what is the next step?
If you have not done so already, go to www.studentloans.gov to sign your Master Promissory Note for the applicable type of loan. Allow 3 business days for our office to receive the promissory note electronically. For the Grad PLUS Loan, a credit check will be run once your loan is accepted and originated (sent to the Department of Education). If you are a first-time Stafford Loan and/or Graduate PLUS Loan borrower you will be required to complete Loan Entrance Counseling for each loan program. Entrance Loan Counseling may be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
How many credits do I need to take to receive loans?
You must be enrolled in at least half-time credits to receive Stafford Loans, Graduate PLUS Loans and Parent PLUS Loans. Half time for undergraduate and graduate professional students is at least 6 credits, and half time for other graduate programs is at least 5 graduate level credits. The Federal Perkins Loan requires full-time enrollment for all recipients.
How do I return a loan amount or a loan check that I no longer want?
You may return any portion of loan proceeds that you received but do not want to keep. To do so, you will need to work with a Counselor in our office. To return a loan amount or loan check, please contact our office.

Parent and Graduate PLUS Loans

We did the FAFSA and accepted our Parent PLUS Loan, what is the next step?
Your parent will need to go to www.studentloans.gov and log-in using their own name, SSN, DOB and their own four-digit PIN. Next, they must click on "Request Direct Plus Loan", and then "Parent PLUS". Complete the 4 step application process. For more detailed information regarding the Parent Loan request process, click here for a checklist that you can print out.
Why was my Parent PLUS Loan not disbursed?
There are four frequent reasons why a Parent PLUS Loan does not disburse:
  • The Master Promissory Note has not been completed,
  • The PLUS Application has not been completed,
  • The parent credit was not approved, or an endorser has not completed their portion of the loan process, or
  • You are not enrolled in at least half-time credits.
If all of these steps have been completed then contact our office for assistance.
Why was my Graduate PLUS Loan not disbursed?
There are four frequent reasons why a Graduate PLUS Loan does not disburse:
  • The Master Promissory Note has not been completed,
  • Your credit was not approved, or an endorser has not completed their portion of the loan process,
  • You are not enrolled in at least half-time graduate level credits, or
  • The Entrance Counseling was not completed for a new borrower.
If all of these steps have been completed then contact our office for assistance.
My parents' PLUS Loan or my GPLUS Loan credit was denied, why?
A credit check is performed by the Department of Education for the Parent PLUS and the Graduate PLUS Loans. The school receives an indicator representing whether the credit was approved or denied. The school is not provided any further details. To find out why your credit check was not approved, please contact Direct Loans at 1-800-557-7394.
If the credit check is denied for the Parent PLUS Loan, what should we do?
Your parent will be given options by Direct Loans when they learn that their credit is denied. They may pursue an endorser or co-signer for the loan. Or, they may work to resolve the credit issue which caused the denied credit check. In any case, your parents will be sent further information from Direct Loans about their options. If your parent cannot pursue these options, you should contact our office to see if there are other options available.
Where do I find the PLUS/GPLUS Loan Reference Number for a co-signer/endorser in the event my credit is denied?
If you completed a Direct PLUS Loan Request, the Loan Reference Number may be found in the confirmation email you received or may be found by signing in to the StudentLoans.gov web site and selecting "Direct PLUS Loan Requests" located on the left navigation bar. If you did not complete a Direct PLUS Loan Request (GPLUS), the Loan/Award Identification Number may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid at 1-206-543-6101.

If you choose to obtain an endorser, the endorser may complete the endorser addendum on the secure StudentLoans.gov web site. To complete the endorser addendum online, the endorser will need the Loan Reference Number (if you completed a Direct PLUS Loan Request) or Loan/Award Identification Number and a Federal Student Aid (FSA) PIN. If the endorser does not have an FSA PIN, they may obtain one by visiting the FSA PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov.

If you are unable to complete this process on-line, please call 1-800-557-7394.

How to Receive Your Financial Aid

When/How is aid disbursed?
Certain conditions must be met in order to allow funds to disburse. You must have satisfied all of the paperwork needed, all corresponding holds must be removed, and you must be enrolled for the number of credits your aid is set up for. You need to register for full time credits if your aid is awarded to you as a full time student (12 credits for undergraduates, 5th years and professional students, or 10 credits for graduate students). We begin disbursing aid a few days before the start of each quarter. If you have signed up for direct deposit, and all of the above criteria has been met, funds should arrive in your bank account by the first day of the quarter. Please bear in mind that it takes approximately 2-3 business days for the direct deposit to arrive in your personal bank account after aid has disbursed to your student account to pay tuition and fees. We have the current quarter's disbursement dates and other details available if you would like to read more.
When will I receive my financial aid?
Your grants and loans will come in about two business days before the start of each quarter and pay toward your tuition and fees (generally, your dorm too, if you are in a dorm and you requested on your dorm forms that you want financial aid to pay). After it pays, and if there is an amount left over it will go to your bank account in two to three business days (if you signed up for direct deposit) or a check will be mailed to you.
If I pay for my tuition before my aid is applied to my account, how will I be reimbursed?
If you have signed up for direct deposit, the refund will be send to your bank account in 2-3 business days. If you are not signed up for direct deposit, a refund check will be mailed to your local address.
Why hasn't my financial aid disbursed/paid?
Here are the most common reasons for aid not disbursing:
  • You are not full time. (12 or more credits for undergraduates, 10 or more credits for graduates)
  • You owe money to the Student Fiscal Services Office
  • You have received outside aid that was not reported to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • You did not meet Satisfactory Academic progress (See links: Undergraduate | Graduate)
  • Loans: If your loans have not disbursed it may be the above or you may not have completed the Entrance Counseling or Promissory Note for Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans or the Promissory Note and Credit Check for Parent PLUS Loans (note the FAQ sections for "Loans" and "Parent Loans" regarding how to complete these items).
MyUW shows a hold on my account, what does that mean?
Holds prevent aid from disbursing to you for a variety of reasons. Usually, holds are placed because we are missing requested documentation or you may not be registered for the number of credits your aid is set up for, or you may not have completed enough credits in the previous quarter or prior academic year. There is information about the type of holds on your MyUW account under financial aid status and you are welcome to contact us with any remaining questions about how to resolve the hold(s) on your aid. It is also important to continually check your UW email, as we will also notify you there in regards to the paperwork we need from you.
My housing charges were on my account but why does HFS say that I still have a balance?
Your housing charges were placed on your account to capture the portion of the aid that was left over after your tuition charges were paid. However, that amount did not cover your full housing balance. You will need to contact Housing and Food Services at 206-543-4059 to find out the remaining balance and to make the appropriate arrangements to pay it.
I'm in a PCE program, my account balance says zero but I received a notice saying I owe money. Why?
Student Fiscal Services and Professional & Continuing Education use different accounting systems. You must confirm that both show a -0- balance for the quarter. For more information about PCE's payment options, contact them at 206-685-8936 or review "Fees, Aid & Payment".
It says my aid has disbursed but I don't see it in my bank account.
For those students signed up for direct deposit, the direct deposit process takes 2-3 business days. Once you see your financial aid disbursed to your student account in MyUW, it will take an additional 2-3 business days to appear in your personal bank account. You must be signed up with an open and valid bank account to have funds direct deposit to your personal bank account. Otherwise, a check will be mailed to you from Student Fiscal Services.

**For more information about the disbursement process, see How to Receive Your Financial Aid.

Revision Requests

How long does it take for you to review information I sent in for my preliminary award or request to revise my aid?
The amount of time it takes us to respond to you depends on our workload (volume of other students with requests) and the time of year. For most of the year, we reply within 2-3 weeks, and will respond sooner if we can. During April through August we can take up to 4-6 weeks to respond. We will make every effort to get your aid ready for you for autumn quarter if all of your information comes to us before September 1st. For information received after September 1st, we will try to complete the review before the tuition deadline for the quarter, but you may want to review information on the short term loan program to help with your expenses before your aid is ready.

Because of the volume of students who want aid, it is important for you to apply early and respond to any requests for information as soon as possible.
My financial aid award is not enough to cover my expenses. What are my options?
You have several options:

Talk to one of our counselors to see if any adjustments can be made to your award. Loans, both need based (Perkins and Subsidized Stafford) and non-need based (Unsubsidized Stafford, Parent PLUS, or Graduate PLUS) may be available.

If your income or resources (or that of your parent(s)) has decreased significantly since you filed the FAFSA, then you can complete and submit a Revision Request for Change in Financial Situation for our office to review.

If you incur expenses during the school year that are not part of the standard student budget that we use to award financial aid, you may complete a Revision Request for Additional Expenses and submit it to our office. We will review your request to determine if these additional expenses are allowable and can be used to increase the budget. If we are able to approve the request, then we will determine if there is any additional financial aid that can be awarded. Please note that not all expenses are allowable, so please read the directions on the Revision Request for Additional Expenses carefully and provide the appropriate documentation with the request. Additional aid usually comes in the form of loans.
What if my parents' circumstances have changed financially?
The standard calculation from the FAFSA uses the prior calendar year income and resources. If your parent of record/stepparent has had a permanent change resulting in a substantial decrease in expected income, complete the Revision Request for Change in Financial Situation - Parent. Also complete that form if the decrease is due to a reduction or termination in child support received, or the loss of other resource(s).
What is a computer loan, and how do I apply for a computer loan?
We do not have a specific computer loan program. However, we may be able to offer you student loan funds to assist toward the purchase of a computer, provided the computer will be used for educational purposes. We encourage you to think carefully before deciding to purchase a computer. Documentation of costs must be included with your Revision Request for Additional Expenses. It is possible that you may have received the maximum loan amounts for the current year and additional loan funds may not be available.

Computer labs are available on campus and we encourage you to use these facilities instead of borrowing to purchase a computer. The UW Computer Labs are maintained and upgraded with software to meet most students' needs including access to the Internet. The computer you buy may become obsolete within a few years, so you may want to delay your purchase as long as possible to avoid expensive upgrade or replacement costs.

Financial aid funds for a computer purchase can only be approved once during your academic career at the UW. Subsequent purchases will not be approved. The maximum amount that can be approved is $2,200. You may submit revisions for computer repairs and necessary upgrades as defined under the University's published recommendations for an adequate system. The University discusses computer hardware recommendations on the web page at www.washington.edu/computing/hardware/. Printers, software and accessories can also be included if the total computer equipment costs do not exceed the $2,200 limit.

Scholarships

I received grants and scholarships from the UW, do I report this on my FAFSA?
You only report taxable student grants and scholarships reported to the IRS in your adjusted gross income on your FAFSA. This includes AmeriCorps benefits (awards, living allowances and interest accrual payments), as well as grant and scholarship portions of fellowships and assistantships.

Please note this link regarding whether you should report grants and scholarship as income on tax returns:
How do I apply for scholarships?
For consideration of scholarships through the UW Financial Aid Office, we first recommend that you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the priority deadline of February 28th, each year.

The Financial Aid Office awards various scholarships to students based on financial need. In addition many academic departments plus Honors and Washington NASA Space Grant offer scholarships to students. Please see the Financial Aid website for more information.

Also, please take a look at the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards for additional scholarship opportunities.
I have a scholarship that hasn't paid to my account. Who do I contact?
First, confirm with the organization that presented you with the scholarship that the funds have indeed been sent to the University or if they're missing something from you such as a certification of enrollment (provided by the Office of the Registrar.) If the check has already been mailed, contact Student Fiscal Services.
What is the source of the funding for the UW Seattle Purple and Gold Scholars program?
These funds come from non-resident institutional revenue sources and represent a small amount of the over $93 million available to undergraduates from institutional financial aid.

Summer Aid

How do I apply for Summer aid?
To apply for aid during Summer Quarter you will need to complete the appropriate FAFSA. Summer is the first quarter in the academic year. The FAFSA that you complete for the Fall Quarter is the same one that we will use to determine your Summer Quarter eligibility. You will also need to complete the Summer Application at MyUW Financial Aid Status. It is available beginning April 1st. Any aid offered for Summer will be based on full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits for undergraduates and professional, and at least 10 credits for graduate students). If you will not be attending full-time, please contact our office to discuss your eligibility. We try to award Summer the same as any other quarter as much as possible given limited funding. Husky Promise is not part of Summer Quarter.
What if I go part time Summer?
Any aid offered for Summer will be based on full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits for undergraduates and professional, and at least 10 credits for graduate students). If you will not be attending full-time, please contact our office to discuss your eligibility.
Is Summer the same as other quarters?
We try to award Summer the same as any other quarter as much as possible given limited funding. Husky Promise is not part of Summer Quarter. Any aid offered for Summer will be based on full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits for undergraduates and professional, and at least 10 credits for graduate students). If you will not be attending full-time, please contact our office to discuss your eligibility.
I completed the Summer Application but what if I decide not to attend in Summer?
If you decide not to attend Summer quarter, you have until the beginning of May to go back to MyUW and cancel your Summer application. The option to cancel your request for Summer aid will not be available online once we begin processing it. In this case, you will need to contact our office to request the cancellation of your Summer application. If aid for Summer disbursed to you, but you never attended classes, we will ask you to return all of the Summer aid you received. If you did attend some of your Summer classes, please see What happens if I withdraw from the quarter"