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

Financial aid, through state and institutional funds, is 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.

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.  Verification of your instate residency status requires a residency application.  For information regarding the residency verification process, including quarterly submission and deadline dates, please visit the Residence Classification Office.

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, then submit this residency application via the WASFA process:
    • Received a high school diploma (or equivalent).
    • Maintained a primary residence in Washington for at least one year (12 months) immediately prior to starting their first admitted quarter at the University of Washington Seattle.
    • 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, along with the required documentation, directly to the UW’s Residence Classification Office via their submission portal.

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.

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

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