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

JANUARY

1 The 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) become available. WSU’s school code is 003800.
5 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will run for Fall 2014.
23 Registrar's Census Date — at 6pm, zzusis will be unavailable while a snapshot of the data is being taken.
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At 12:01am the following information will be gathered from zzusis:

  • Financial Aid Census Date — this is the date that Student Financial Services takes an enrollment "snapshot" of student's accounts in order to determine grant and loan eligibility for the term.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Census Date — enrollment captured on this day will be the credits used to determine if students meet SAP requirements for future aid eligibility.
27 Deadline to pay any unpaid tuition and fees or a 3% late fee will be assessed. Contact Student Accounts for more information.
31 Deadline to submit the online 2015-2016 WSU General Scholarship Application.

 

FEBRUARY

9 Deadline to pay unpaid tuition and fees or a 5% late fee will be assessed. Contact Student Accounts for more information.
10 Deadline to submit your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal.
15 WSU’s Priority FAFSA Submission Deadline (Note: the FAFSA application is processed on the East Coast. Applicants should file by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time 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.
15 WASFA Deadline. For more information visit our Ayuda Financiera page.
24 Deadline to pay unpaid tuition and fees or a %7 late fee will be assessed. Contact Student Accounts for more information.

 

MARCH

  • A reminder will be sent to SAP students currently on a "Warning" status or on an Academic Plan.
  • Processing of 15-16 FAFSA applications for students continue.
  • 15-16 FAFSA email sent to students acknowledging receipt and future processing of FAFSA and aid for upcoming year.
  • 15-16 File Review/Verification process begins. Email is sent to students if additional information is needed to verify FAFSA data. The student’s zzusis “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.
  • 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.
  • Initial financial aid estimates sent to new (freshmen and transfer) students to assist with enrollment decisions. View estimates by going to the SFS Coug Compass.
  • 15-16 Financial Aid awarding begins with Graduate, MBA, Pharmacy, and VetMed students.

APRIL

  • Summer awards continue to be created for eligible students. Email is sent when award available to view on zzusis.
  • 15-16 FAFSA file processing continues.
  • Submit SAP Appeals for summer (if applicable).
  • 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!
  • 15-16 Financial Aid awarding begins for Undergraduates.
  • Students who have been offered loans on their 15-16 Financial Aid awards can accept them through zzusis.
    • 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.

MAY

  • 15-16 awarding continues.
1 Final day to accept student loans for spring 2015 semester.
6 Summer Financial Aid disbursements will be posted to students' accounts.
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  • Last day of Spring Semester.
  • Summer Direct Deposit refunds sent to students' accounts.
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  • First day of summer classes. Click Here for Summer Session timelines/calendar and more information.
  • Financial Aid refund checks mailed to students.
12 Spring grades available.
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WSU’s Priority Submission Deadline — submit forms and documents at SubmitSFSDocs.

29 Summer Session issues $33 Late Fees to students with unpaid Summer tuition.

JUNE

  • 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 zzusis to view the award and accept any awarded student loans.
  • Students who have been offered loans on their 15-16 Financial Aid awards can continue accepting them through zzusis.
    • New loan borrowers, see "Things to keep in mind ..." below.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the application through zzusis. New parent borrowers must also complete the MPN.
12 Last day apply for a May 2015 Undergraduate/Professional degree or certificate. $150 late fee applies to all NEW applications. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
19 Last day for undergraduate/professional students to submit consideration requirements for the Class of May 2015. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
26 Summer Session issues $33 Late Fees to students with unpaid Summer tuition.

JULY

  • Financial Aid awards continue to be sent to eligible students. Check zzusis to view the award and accept any awarded student loans.
  • Students who have been offered loans on their 15-16 Financial Aid awards can accept them through zzusis.
    • New loan borrowers, see "Things to keep in mind ..." below.
  • For Parent PLUS loans, parents will need to complete the application through zzusis. New parent borrowers must also complete the MPN.
  • Continue submitting forms and documents to Student Financial Services if applicable. See below for information on how to do this.
6 Deadline to submit your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal.
24 Summer Session issues $33 Late Fees to students with unpaid Summer tuition.
29 Last day to qualify and be packaged for summer financial aid.
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  • Last day to accept student loans and process PLUS loans for summer session.
  • Last day of 2015 Summer Session Term.

AUGUST

  • Charges will post to students' account by the end of the first week in August.
19 Financial Aid disburses to students' accounts.
21 Financial Aid Direct Deposits sent to students' banks. 
24
  • Classes start.
  • Financial Aid Refund Checks mailed to students.
  • Fall Semester tuition is due.
  • Late registration begins ($25 Late Registration Fee charged).
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  • Deadline for cancelling enrollment from WSU with full refund (less administration fee).
  • Last day students may add a course on-line. If students want to add a class after this date, they will need to obtain the appropriate signatures.

SEPTEMBER

8 3% Late Fee will be charged to students who have any unpaid Fall 2015 tuition and mandatory fees.
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  • 5% Late Fee will be charged to students who have any unpaid Fall 2015 tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Last day to file a residency application (Registrar's Office).

OCTOBER

6 7% Late Fee will be charged to students' accounts who have any unpaid Fall 2015 tuition and mandatory fees.

NOVEMBER

9 Priority registration for Spring 2016 begins.

DECEMBER

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  • 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 2015 Undergraduate/Professional degree or certificate ($75 Late Fee will be charged).

Things to keep in mind ...

  • 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.
  • 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 zzusis; and to turn them in, log into SubmitSFSDocs to complete and submit all required documentation.