College of Veterinary Medicine

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Process

  1. Your first step in this process begins with the Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will need your Federal Student Aid PIN to access and sign the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or your pre-filled FAFSA. If you do not have a PIN, apply for one at www.pin.ed.gov..

    Apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov by WSU's priority processing date of February 15. You can apply after this date, but applying late could delay when you receive your financial aid award notification and impact the type of aid you are awarded. Be sure to list Washington State University as one of your school choices. The WSU federal school code is 003800.

    To apply for a Health Professions Loan (HPL), complete the information requested on the parental sections of the first FAFSA application you submit each year. This is a requirement for the HPL, even though as a graduate/professional student you are considered independent. This parental data is used only to calculate your eligibility for the HPL and does not affect your eligibility for other aid.

    By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for the following types of aid:

    • Work-Study
    • Health Professions Loan
    • Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
    • Graduate PLUS Loan

  2. Once WSU receives your FAFSA information, you may be notified via zzusis if additional documentation (e.g. tax returns, income clarification forms, etc.) is needed. If documentation is not required or when the documents you submit are reviewed, you will receive a financial aid award notification. This typically happens in June. The maximum amount of financial aid you will receive will be based on your cost of attendance (budget). Please refer to the financial aid web site at www.finaid.wsu.edu for the most recent cost figures. Throughout this process, if you are a current WSU student, your financial aid award information is available for viewing on zzusis and a hard copy is sent to the mailing address you maintain on zzusis. To avoid delays with forwarded or lost mail, please keep your address updated! If you are a transfer student and have just been admitted to Washington State University, you will need a WSU Network ID (NID) and password before you will be able to access your financial aid information electronically. Like current students, you will also receive printed copies at your postal address.
  3. If your total financial aid (minus work-study) exceeds your total university expenses, the credit balance will be refunded to you. The fastest and most convenient method of receiving your money is to arrange for direct deposit into your personal checking account. You can complete the online form on zzusis. In compliance with federal regulations, paper checks must be mailed to the student's mailing address, which the student maintains on zzusis.
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