One of the most important aspects of financial aid is developing an understanding of how the process works. Our office has created this timeline to assist you in developing that knowledge and to provide guidance in maximizing your aid eligibility by being informed and bringing to your attention important deadlines. Please be aware this timeline may not cover all student situations given our office processes financial aid year round.

We encourage students to monitor their financial aid closely through their WSU ZZUSIS account, respond to our requests for additional information quickly when asked, and ask questions when needed by contacting our office directly.

The Financial Aid Timeline

JANUARY

1 The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available January 1st. WSU’s school code is 003800.
31 January 31st is the deadline to submit the online 2014-2015 WSU General Scholarship Application.

FEBRUARY

15 Finish your FAFSA before WSU’s Priority FAFSA Submission Deadline of February 15th! (Note: the FAFSA application is processed on the East Coast so applicants should file by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to meet the deadline). Note: The FAFSA can be completed anytime during the year, but students will be eligible to receive the most financial aid possible if the February 15 deadline is met.

MARCH

  • Student Financial Services continues to process 14-15 FAFSAs for students.
  • 14-15 FAFSA email sent to students acknowledging receipt and future processing of FAFSA and aid for upcoming year.
  • Summer Session students begin receiving financial aid awards if eligible—need to be enrolled in half-time credits to be considered for award. Summer financial aid will deliver the first day of the first session in which the student is enrolled.
  • Submit Satisfactory Academic Appeal for summer (if applicable).

APRIL

  • Initial Financial Aid Estimates sent to new (freshmen and transfer) students to assist with enrollment decisions. View estimates by going to cougcompass.wsu.edu.
  • Summer awards continue to be created for eligible students. Email is sent when award available to view on ZZUSIS.
  • 14-15 FAFSA file processing continues
  • 14-15 File Review/Verification process begins. Email sent to students if additional information is being requested to verify FAFSA data. The student’s ZZUSIS “To Do List” will list what’s needed. Submit forms/docs by priority submission deadline of May 15 to be eligible for the most aid possible. Go to submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu to complete forms and submits documents.
  • Satisfactory Academic Appeals for summer (if applicable).
  • 14-15 Actual Financial Aid Awards processing begins with Grads/MBA/Pharmacy and VetMed students.

MAY

3 Final day to accept student loans for spring 2014 semester.
12 First day of summer classes. Click here for Summer Session timelines/calendar
15

WSU’s document submission priority deadline—submit forms and documents at submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu.

30 Special Circumstances Appeal forms available for submission. If a student and/or parent has a special circumstances situation that is not reflected in the FAFSA, a Special Circumstances Appeal may be submitted for review by our office. An Appeal review can take place once a student has an Actual Financial Aid Award. More information can be found under Special Circumstances.
  • Actual Financial Aid Awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check ZZUSIS to view the award. Take next steps—accept student loans right on ZZUSIS!

JUNE

  • Submit forms and documents at submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu if applicable.
  • Actual Financial Aid Awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check ZZUSIS to view the award. Take next steps—accept student loans right on ZZUSIS!
  • Students who have been offered loans on their Actual Financial Aid Awards can accept loans on ZZUSIS. New borrowers will need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling AND sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Stafford Loans or for Perkins, Nursing, or Health Professions Loans.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the Parent PLUS Loan Application form G8. New parent borrowers must also complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN).

JULY

  • Actual Financial Aid Awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check ZZUSIS to view the award. Take next steps—accept student loans right on ZZUSIS!
  • Students who have been offered loans on their Actual Financial Aid Awards can accept loans on ZZUSIS. New borrowers will need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling AND sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Stafford Loans or for Perkins, Nursing, or Health Professions Loans.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the Parent PLUS Loan Application form G8. New parent borrowers must also complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Submit forms and documents at submitsfsdocs.wsu.edu if applicable.
8 Last day to submit a Summer SAP Appeal.
23 Last day to qualify and be packaged for summer financial aid.
25 Last day to accept student loans and process PLUS loans for summer session.

AUGUST

  • Actual Financial Aid Awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check ZZUSIS to view the award. Take next steps—accept student loans right on ZZUSIS!
  • Students who have been offered loans on their Final Award Financial Aid Award will need to accept any loans they intend to borrow to cover their costs. New borrowers will need to complete Entrance Counseling AND sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) here for Stafford Loans or here for Perkins, Nursing, or Health Professions Loans.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the Parent PLUS Loan Application form. New parent borrowers must also complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN).
20 Fall Semester financial aid delivers on the first day of classes. (Tuition charges and financial aid are posted to WSU student accounts the week prior to the start of the semester. Refund checks are mailed and direct deposits are available on the first day of classes. Please be aware it can take 1-3 business days for checks to be received and for your personal bank to post your direct deposit monies in your account.)
25 First day of classes.

SEPTEMBER

9 Late fee #1--deadline to pay unpaid tuition and mandatory fees or a 3% late fee will be assessed.
  • All financial aid processing continues.

OCTOBER

The 2015-2016 WSU General Scholarship Application for the upcoming school year becomes available online to complete.

NOVEMBER

Coming

DECEMBER

Coming