The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is now available for non-citizen students to complete in order to apply for Washington State Need Grant funds for the 2014-2015 academic year. The WASFA application can now be accessed on ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA and eligible students should complete this application by May 1, 2014, to be considered for the 2014-2015 academic year grant funding. Click here to learn more about the grant eligibility criteria. For additional questions or more information, contact Student Financial Services at 509-335-9711 or email at email@example.com.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a tool used to estimate a family's ability to pay for their student's education. However, we are well aware that sometimes situations change and last year's tax information may not always provide an accurate picture of the family's financial situation. We also know that our student population is diverse and they have many different needs. To this end, Student Financial Services has a number of procedures in which a student can reflect their family's special circumstance or outline their additional financial requirements. While we encourage those who fit into these categories to file an appeal, we ask that only complete and thoroughly documented appeals are submitted. If you should have any questions regarding this information, please contact us.
The 2014-2015 Special Circumstance Appeal form will become available approximately May 19, 2014, however the processing of the form will not being until approximately June 2, 2014. For more information click here.
We will notify you if we need a document/form from you via ZZUSIS. This request would show on your “To Do List” in ZZUSIS. You should check your ZZUSIS “To Do List” regularly!
The “To-Do” list can be found by going to the Student Center > Under the Financial Aid 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 tab > Click Details > then the To-Do List page will be viewable. If you are being asked to submit forms or documents, it will list them on this page. The statuses of documents/forms submitted will also display here.
- A student, who still needs to submit documentation for spring 2014 or summer 2014 terms, will need to take forms/documents to their local financial aid office, mail it or send it via fax at 509-335-1385. Please be sure the student name and WSU ID number are on all document pages.
- For the 14-15 academic year, students will go to Submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu to fill out a form and/or submit a document requested. This online document portal will ask students to log in and then if the student needs to submit forms and/or documents, it will list them. All forms will be online and completed through this document portal. Submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu will also be the place where students can stay up to date on the latest processing of their forms and documents submitted to Student Financial Services. If a submitted document somehow wasn’t correct or complete, submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu will be the place to find out. A description of the “problem” will be provided and resubmission of the correct form/document will be needed to continue processing the financial aid application for the student.
Students registered for at least half-time enrollment for summer 2014 session are now receiving their summer financial aid awards. For an undergraduate student, half-time enrollment means at least 6 credits and for a graduate student, three credits. A summer Financial Aid Application will not be required to review, process, and award summer financial aid as in the past. An email notification is sent to a student whether the student is eligible or not to receive summer aid, so the student can make a plan in terms of how they will pay their summer costs.
How it will work:
Once a student registers for summer classes in the required credits, Student Financial Services will review a student’s 2013-2014 FAFSA and their current 2013-2014 WSU financial aid package (if applicable). Then, a summer financial aid award will be created and become viewable on ZZUSIS for student action. A student will be sent a notice to their WSU Email when this has been done. Important: summer aid eligibility is based on whether a student has used all their grant and loan eligibility in the previous academic year (fall 2013 and spring 2014). Summer financial aid will deliver electronically when the student’s classes begin (the first day of the first summer class).
Your ZZUSIS “To-Do” list shows documents and forms that the Student Financial Services office needs from you in order to continue processing your financial aid. Please realize not submitting these documents/forms could cause delay in you receiving financial aid for the upcoming semester. On ZZUSIS, your “To-Do” list can be found by: Clicking on Your Student Center > Under the Financial Aid 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 tab > Click Details > then the To-Do List page will be viewable.
If you are being asked to submit forms and/or documents, it will list them on your To-Do List. Submit your information by May 15 for the most financial aid possible! To submit documents and/or complete forms for the 2014-2015 academic year, please go to submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu to do so. Please check ZZUSIS regularly.
If you are a student who borrowed Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS) during your college years, then you will be required to complete Exit Counseling when you graduate, fall below half-time enrollment, or if you drop all your classes at WSU. You will have a 6-month grace period before you will be required to pay back your federal student loans as long as you haven’t previously used your grace period.
If you are a spring 2014 graduate, then you will see a “GX Exit Counseling” checklist item on your ZZUSIS “To Do” list as a reminder to complete this.
Steps to Complete Exit Counseling:
Go to: www.studentloans.gov. It takes about 20 minutes to do.
- Sign in with your FAFSA 4-Digit PIN (www.pin.ed.gov to request a PIN)
- Have your personal information available to enter (references, relative contact information, and future employer if applicable)
- Click COMPLETE COUNSELING on left
- Click EXIT COUNSELING under the “Choose Counseling type” and proceed to answer the questions
- You should receive an immediate confirmation message upon completion. Within two business days, our office will receive record of your completion and then remove the “GX-Exit Counseling” checklist item from your ZZUSIS “To Do” list (if you are graduating in the spring).
For more information about Exit Counseling, click here and select Loan Counseling.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to process loans shown on your financial aid award. Please follow these steps so your financial aid monies can be delivered to your WSU Student Account. The below instructions are specific to the different types of loans offered by the federal government. For any questions about your financial aid, contact the Student Financial Services Office. It takes at least 48 hours to receive your loan monies after completing the required entrance loan counseling and/or master promissory note. For questions about your WSU charges, account balances, refunds, or late fees, please contact University Receivables (or also known as Student Accounts).
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|Process Parent PLUS Loan|
|Process Graduate PLUS Loan|
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Student Financial Services, Lighty Building Room 380, Washington State University, PO Box 641068, Pullman WA 99164-1068, 509-335-9711.