To apply for federal and state financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An analysis of your FAFSA determines how much you and your family can afford to contribute to your education. A variety of factors are taken into account: family income, available assets, family size, parents’ age (which calculates their need to save for retirement) and the number of siblings in college at the same time.
How to submit a FAFSA
You may submit the FAFSA in one of two ways:
- Electronically: Complete the FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov . You will be required to create your own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password, which you will use as your electronic signature for the FAFSA. We recommend you create your FSA ID and password before you start your FAFSA application. To assist you in this process, watch a How to Create an FSA ID youtube video here. Submitting the FAFSA on the web is the most accurate way to complete the FAFSA. Remember, this application is free of charge. If you are being asked to submit a payment, you are in the wrong website.
- Paper: Download and complete a PDF FAFSA and mail it to Federal Student Aid Programs, P.O. Box 7654, London, KY 40742-7654. You may also request a paper FAFSA by calling the US Dept of Education at 1-800-433-3243 or 334-523-2691. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. Processing of a paper FAFSA takes approximately three to four weeks and experience a higher error rate as the on-line edits, skip logic and error messages are not available when submitting a paper application.
When completing the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you want the results of your analysis sent to PLU (use code 003785). Keep copies of everything you submit.
Which application to use
To receive financial assistance for enrollment in the summer or fall of 2016 or spring semester 2017, the 2016-17 FAFSA must be completed. The 2017-18 FAFSA became available October 1, 2016 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For optimal consideration for financial aid funding, file your 2017-18 FAFSA by December 1, 2016.
Getting Help with your 2017-18 FAFSA
The Financial Aid Office staff will be available to assist you in completing the on-line version of the FAFSA at the following times and locations. You are welcome to attend any of these events. (This schedule will be updated as dates and sites are added, so check back often.)
October 4, 2016: 5:30PM – 6PM at Harrison Prep, 8800 121st St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498.
October 5, 2016: 5:30PM at Lincoln High School Library, 701 S. 37th St., Tacoma, WA 98418
October 11, 2016: 6:00 PM at Puyallup High School, 105 7th St. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
October 12, 2016: 6:30 PM to 8PM at Wilson High School, Computer Lab/Counseling Center, 1202 N. Orchard, Tacoma, WA 98406
October 18, 2016: 6:00PM at Franklin Pierce High School, 11002 18th Ave. E. Tacoma, WA 98445
October 20, 2016: 6PM at Orting High School, 320 Washington Ave. N., Orting, WA 98360
October 26, 2016: 6PM to 8PM at Bethel High School, 22215 38th Avenue East, Spanaway, WA 98387
November 3, 2016: 5:30 – 7:30PM at Bonney Lake High School, 10920 199th Ave. Ct. East, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Hands-on assistance with your FAFSA is available at College Goal Sunday events around the state. For dates, times and locations, go to the College Goal Washington website.