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Financial Aid



Email FAFSA renewal reminder notices are sent out by the Federal Department of Education Processor to students with valid email addresses who completed the FAFSA for the previous year.

Go to the FAFSA website, The applicant will need his or her social security number, driver's license, income tax return, bank statements, and investment records. Dependent students will need their parents' records as well. Collecting this data beforehand makes the application process quicker and easier to understand.

The FAFSA website provides a worksheet that can be used to gather personal and parent data. Once completed, the form can be copied and transferred to the web. Remember the FAFSA is a snapshot in time and must be accurate as of the day you apply. Keep in mind that in order to electronically sign the FAFSA, you will need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). Applying for a FSA ID can be done via the web site. All these steps should be taken before completing the application.

CWU applicants who expect to apply for financial aid MUST include their Social Security number (SSN) on their admissions application. To receive aid, your name, birthday, and SSN must be an exact match on CWU admissions records, the FAFSA, and the Social Security Administration database. It is important to use your legal name as it appears on your Social Security card.


Check on the status of your FAFSA at Make any required changes promptly.


Respond promptly to any request for additional information from the Financial Aid Office. Monitor your To Do list on > MyCWU.

March 1: FAFSA priority deadline

March 1: be fully admitted to be considered for recruitment scholarships.

March 1: deadline to submit the CWU Scholarship Central application.


April 1 priority deadline for verification.

Look for an award letter from the Financial Aid Office. Make sure your mailing address is up to date on MyCWU.

If picked for verification, submit requested documents ASAP.  Documents received by April 1 are guaranteed to be processed for an on-time fall financial aid payment.

Apply for Summer Aid. Instructions for applying for Summer Aid will be posted on the page.


Accept or decline Parent Loans (PLUS), sign Master Promissory Notes at

Monitor your MyCWU to-do list and submit any requested documents ASAP.  Documents submitted late may result in longer processing times and a delay in your fall financial aid payment.


If you are a returning student, monitor your Satisfactory Academic Progress.

First-time borrowers complete online Entrance Counseling.


New students should attend Orientation. Visit for a complete schedule.

Notify the scholarship office of any outside scholarships you have been awarded. Notify outside donors to make scholarship check out to "CWU for benefit of Your Name and ID."


If you are accepting a PLUS loan, complete an Application for Plus Loan at Also, if this is the student's first Plus Loan, you must also complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the same site. First-time student borrowers must complete entrance counseling before loan disbursement. Go to to complete entrance counseling.

Outstanding to-do list items are now late.  Please submit documents as soon as possible, they could still be processed in time for a late payment during fall quarter.


Enroll in sufficient credits to receive aid. You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive loans (half-time is defined as 6 credits for undergraduates and post baccalaureates, 5 credits in 501 level or higher for graduate students). Most grant aid will be reduced for less than full time enrollment (12 credit undergrad).


Begin your scholarship search for the next academic year. Visit

STUDY! Most gift aid has a GPA requirement.


Record scholarship deadlines and submit applications promptly.

Scholarship Central opens November 1.


Gather tax documents for income taxes (W2 forms, 1098-t forms, etc). Set a goal to fill out your FAFSA by next year’s priority deadline of March 1st.

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