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Financial Aid


Our office provides different types of funding to help you cover the cost of education expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

We can assist you with understanding what types of financial aid are available, and how each of them works, including student loans, grants, work study, and scholarships.

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Priority Processing Dates

To ensure timely processing, please complete your financial aid file by the following priority processing dates:

Spring 2017 February 23, 2017
Summer & Fall 2017 May 3, 2017
Winter 2017 November 15, 2017
Spring 2018 March 7, 2018

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Financial Aid Office
Gaiser Hall, Room 101
(360) 992-2153 / Fax: (360) 992-2864


Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m
8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

FAFSA Information

The first day to apply for your 2017-2018 FAFSA is now October 1, 2016! Learn more about the changes to the FAFSA process for 2017-2018

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step for determining what funds you may qualify for to cover the cost of college. See what the FAFSA Process looks like (PDF).

View these helpful videos to learn more about the FAFSA.  



Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid is available from federal, state, University and private resources. There are several types of financial aid programs available depending on your needs and eligibility


Gift aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid.


Funds that are borrowed from federal, institutional, and private sources to help pay for educational expenses. Loans must be repaid, usually with interest.

Student Employment

Work Study and Institutional Hire positions are intended to help students pay for school through part-time employment. These positions are available both on and off-campus. Employment earnings do not need to be repaid.



Gift aid that is awarded based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, athletic ability, leadership, field of study and/or financial need. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

The scholarship application process is separate from the application for federal and state financial aid.

Workforce Education Services


Workforce Education Services (WES) administers a variety of programs that are designed to support students who are pursuing vocational, professional technical non-transfer degree programs and certificates as well as Transitional Studies. Contact the WES department to learn more

Veterans Benefits

Students in approved programs may use VA educational benefits toward the cost of their programs. Contact our Veterans Resource Center to learn more.