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. 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 myWSU, respond to our requests for additional information quickly when asked, and ask questions when needed by contacting our office directly.

**Please note ... the symbol will indicate where our office is on this timeline and in our Financial Aid process.**


1 The 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) become available. WSU’s school code is 003800
4 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will run for Fall 2015
6 Spring 2016 aid disburses to students' myWSU accounts
8 University Receivables direct deposit refunds will be sent to student's bank accounts
11 University Receivables will send out refund checks to students' mailing address
22 Registrar's Census Date — at 6pm, myWSU will be unavailable while a snapshot of the data is being taken

At 12:01am the following information will be gathered from myWSU:

  • Financial Aid Census Date
    • Student Financial Services takes enrollment "snapshots" of student's accounts in order to determine grant & loan eligibility for the term
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Census Date
    • These snapshots will be the credits used to determine if students meet SAP requirements for future aid eligibility
25 Deadline to pay any unpaid tuition and fees or a 3% late fee will be assessed. Contact University Receivables for more information
31 Deadline to submit the online 2016-2017 WSU General Scholarship Application


  • Deadline to pay any unpaid tuition and fees or a 5% late fee will be assessed. Contact University Receivables for more information
  • Deadline to submit a SAP Appeal for Spring 2016 (30th day)
  • Last day to drop a class without record. After this date, the class will show as a "W" on your transcript and your student account will be charged a $5 withdrawal fee.
  • WSU’s Priority Deadline for FAFSA Submissions
    • (Note: the FAFSA application is processed on the East Coast. Applicants should file by 9:00 pm PST to meet this deadline. Be aware - The FAFSA can be completed anytime during the year, but students who meet this deadline will be eligible to receive the most financial aid possible.)

  • WASFA Deadline. For more information visit our Ayuda Financiera page
19 Spring Census Petition deadline
24 Deadline to pay unpaid tuition and fees or a %7 late fee will be assessed. Contact University Receivables for more information


  • Mid-term grades due
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Reminder sent to students who are currently in a Warning or Academic Plan status — about importance of mid-term grades and what happens if they don't meet the SAP "Satisfactory" status criteria.
14—18 Spring Break
  • Financial Aid Estimates available to new (freshmen and transfer) students. View estimates by going to the SFS Coug Compass. WSU ID and password needed to login. Estimate is printable.
  • 2016-2017 Additional Information Requests sent to all WSU students. Email is sent to students if information/documentation is needed to create a 2016-17 Financial Aid Award. This information is important for checking the accuracy of the FAFSA/WASFA data — to be sure the FA Award provided the student is correct. The student’s myWSU “To Do List” will list what SFS needs.
    • Visit SubmitSFSDocs to turn in forms/docs by WSU's priority submission deadline of May 15th. Students must meet this deadline in order to be eligible for the most aid possible.
  • 2016 Summer students begin receiving financial aid awards if eligible — must be enrolled in half-time credits to be considered for summer aid. Delivery of aid occurs the first day of the first session in which the student is enrolled.
23 60% Date for Zero Hours Passed. If notified by our office that you fall into this category, proof of attendance after this date is requested.


  • Begin review process of additional documentation/information for 2016-17 Financial Aid awarding
  • 2016-2017 Financial Aid awarding begins for Graduate, MBA, Pharmacy, and VetMed students.
11 Priority Registration begins for Fall 2016
11—15 2016-2017 Financial Aid awarding begins for Non Resident Undergrads & Undergrad Residents who did not complete the FAFSA by 2/15
15 Deadline for undergraduate and professional students to withdraw from a course. Withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges or the total official hours of enrollment.
18—22 2016-2017 Financial Aid awarding begins for Undergrad Residents with Institutional Grant & Cougar Commitment Eligibility
  • Spring loans must be certified to disburse
  • Last day to add a course for this term with the appropriate signatures
  • Final day of instruction for the term
  • Deadline for cancellation of enrollment from WSU
  • Summer awarding continues for eligible students. Email is sent when award is viewable on myWSU.
  • 2016-2017 Financial Aid awarding begins for Undergraduate students.
  • Financial Aid Awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check myWSU to view the award. Take next steps—accept student loans right on myWSU!
  • Students who have been offered loans on their 2016-2017 Financial Aid awards can accept them through myWSU.
    • New loan 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.
  • Submit SAP Appeals for summer (if applicable).
  • 2016-2017 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 a Financial Aid Award. More information can be found under Special Circumstances.


2 Last day to submit a spring academic plan in order for spring aid to disburse
2—6 Finals Week
  • Last day of Spring Semester
  • Summer Direct Deposit refunds sent to students' accounts
  • First day of summer classes. Click Here for Summer Session timelines/calendar and more information
  • Financial Aid refund checks mailed to students
  • Spring grades available
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress process will run for Spring 2016
15 WSU’s Priority Verification & Document Submission Deadline — submit forms and documents at SubmitSFSDocs 
29 Summer Session issues $33 Late Fees to students with unpaid Summer tuition


  • Continue submitting forms and documents to Student Financial Services if applicable. See below for information on how to do this.
  • Financial Aid awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check myWSU to view the award and accept any awarded student loans.
  • Students who have been offered loans on their 2016-2017 Financial Aid awards can continue accepting them through myWSU.
    • New loan borrowers, see "Things to keep in mind ..." below.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the application through myWSU. New parent borrowers must also complete the MPN.
10 Deadline to apply for a May 2016 undergrad/prof degree or certificate. $150 late fee for all NEW applications. (Registrar's Office)
17 Deadline for undergrad/prof students to submit requirements to be considered for the Class of May 2016. (Registrar's Office)
24 Summer Session issues $33 Late Fees to students with any unpaid Summer tuition.


  • Financial Aid awards continue to be sent to eligible students.
  • Accept 2016-2017 loans through myWSU.
    • New loan borrowers, see "Things to keep in mind ..." below.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the application through their myWSU.
  • Continue submitting forms and documents to our office if applicable.
  • If you are a new borrower, remember to sign your MPN
    • First time student borrowers also need to complete their Entrance Counseling.
6 Deadline to submit your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal
25 Fall 2016 tuition & mandatory fee charges post to myWSU 
26 Residence Hall charges for fall post to students' accounts
29 Last day to qualify and be packaged for summer financial aid
  • Last day to accept student loans and process PLUS loans for summer session
  • Last day of 2016 Summer Session Term


1 Charges for fall Single Student Apartments and Family Housing post to students' accounts
4 Summer grades due and submitted

Fall Housing prerequisite charges post to students' accounts

14 Financial aid disburses to students' accounts
15 Housing payment due*
  • Financial aid Direct Deposits and paper check will be sent to student's. Direct Deposits will be sent electronically to student's bank accounts, while paper checks 
    will be sent to campus address (mailing address if living off campus). Delivered aid pays off charges in the following order prior to refunds being sent:
    1. Tuition & Mandatory Fees
    2. Housing (Room & Board)
    3. Option Charges -- only if student has setup Title IV Authorization
  • Graduate Fee Waivers begin posting daily to the student's accounts upon notification from the student's department to the University Receivables Office.
  • 2017-2018 WSU General Scholarship Application available online to complete. Submission deadline to submit is January 31, 2017.
  • First day of classes!
  • Late Registration begins for fall semester
  • Payment due to WSU for semester charges
  • Last day students can add a class online through myWSU. Classes added after this date must have the required paperwork and faculty signatures.
  • Deadline to cancel enrollment (i.e. completely withdraw from all WSU classes) and receive a full refund for classes. **Note-cancellation fees may apply**.


1 2nd Housing payment due*
  • Deadline to enroll before $100 late registration fee is charged
  • Last day students may receive a refund for special course fees
  • Financial Aid Census Date
5 Labor Day

3% Late Fee will be charged to students who have any unpaid Fall 2015 tuition and mandatory fees

16 Last day faculty, staff and state employees may submit their Tuition Fee Waivers
  • Our office will be cancelling any offered loans that have not been accepted up to this date
  • Last day to submit a SAP Appeal
  • Last day to file a Residency Application
  • Deadline for dropping a course without record. Contact the Registrar's Office for more details

5% Late Fee will be charged to students who have any unpaid Fall 2016 tuition and mandatory fees



  • 3rd Housing payment due*
  • Loan Origination Fees for the 2016-2017 Award Year increase to 1.068%
  • 2017-2018 FAFSA & WASFA applications open
10 7% Late Fee will be charged to students who have any unpaid Fall 2016 tuition and mandatory fees
12 Mid-term grade submission ends


1 4th and final Fall Housing payment due*
7 Priority registration for Spring 2017 begins
11 Veteran's Day
18 Deadline for students to withdraw from a course. Withdrawls DO NOT reduce tuition and/or the official hours of enrollment
21—25 Thanksgiving Vacation
30 Current Students: WSU's priority deadline for 2017-2018 FAFSA/WASFA submissions.


4 Last day to accept a loan for the Fall 2016 semester
  • Last day of instruction
  • Deadline to cancel enrollment from WSU
  • Last day to add a course with appropriate signatures
  • Last day to apply for a Fall 2016 Undergraduate/Professional degree or certificate
    • $75 Late Fee will be charged
12—16 Finals Week
21 Final grades available through the "View My Grades" link on myWSU


Things to keep in mind ...

  • For any outstanding Housing balances, late fees will be applied to your student account approximately 3 days after each due date for that particular term (ex. payment due Sept. 1 and late fee applied Sept. 4
  • New loan borrowers will need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling AND sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Direct Loans or for Perkins, Nursing, or Health Professions Loans.
  • To turn in all forms for Student Financial Services by WSU's Priority Submission Deadline of May 15th. To see what documents you need to turn in, check your "To Do List" items in myWSU; and to turn them in, log into SubmitSFSDocs to complete and submit all required documentation.