File your Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) yearly –

Financial aid, through state and institutional funds, may be available to students who are not eligible for federal aid because of immigration status.  If your status is  undocumented, DACA recipient, or other select non-citizen, complete a WASFA between October 1 and by the UW’s priority filing date of January 15* to be considered for financial aid for the next school year.  This is a yearly application process that must be completed each year you are attending the UW.  If you have already filed a FAFSA for the same academic year, it is not necessary to also file a WASFA.  However, you must contact the financial aid office to ensure your Free Aid Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is reviewed.

If you file your financial aid application after the UW’s priority filing date, you are a late applicant and can only be considered for limited types of aid.  If there were special circumstances that prevented you from filing your financial aid application on-time, or if you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to speak with a counselor.  We will do our best to provide assistance.

Once we receive your aid application, we may request other information/documentation for verification purposes. Respond to all requests promptly.


  • Graduate Students who apply after our priority filing date are typically not considered for financial aid. Graduate students in fee-based programs of study are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Undergraduate students in eligible fee-based programs of study are limited to the WCG (Washington College Grant).


Verify your Washington State residency status –

IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO RECEIVE UW FINANCIAL AID FOR THE FIRST TIME, verification of your Washington State residency is required prior to disbursement of financial aid.  This verification process requires a residency application.  There are two types of residency applications.  Submit the one that applies to you:

  1. Affidavit of Residency – If you meet the following conditions below, be sure to indicate that on your WASFA.  By doing so, you will have submitted your Affidavit and no additional residency application is required.  We will share your WASFA Affidavit with the Residence Classification Office when the quarter’s application date opens.  Complete the Affidavit on the WASFA if you:
    • Received a high school diploma (or equivalent).
    • Maintained a primary residence in Washington for at least one year (12 months) immediately prior to starting your first admitted quarter at the University of Washington Seattle.
    • Are able to affirm that you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or that you will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as you are eligible to apply.
  2. Residency Questionnaire (RQ) – If you do not meet the conditions for the Affidavit of Residency, complete and submit the RQ, (for dependent student or independent student), along with the required documentation, directly to the UW’s Residence Classification Office via their submission portal.  You will not be able to submit your RQ until the application period begins for the quarter that you are filing for residency.  For information regarding the quarterly UW-Seattle application start dates and deadlines, visit the residency office submission portal page.

Please note: Each campus processes their own residency applications.  Should additional information be required from you, your campus residency office will contact you.  Once you submit your residency application and have questions, please contact your campus residency office (Bothell or Tacoma).

NOTE:  If your residency application is denied, any financial aid awarded to you is subject to cancellation.

*The WASFA priority filing date has been extended to February 28, 2024 due to changes to the FAFSA application for 2024-25. For more details, please see this announcement.

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