Financial Aid

Eligibility Requirements


Prior to applying for financial aid with the federal government, you must meet all basic eligibility requirements.

  • Be admitted to EWU
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent visa status
    • Undocumented students may still be eligible for aid
  • Be seeking a degree or certification in an eligible program
  • Not be in default on any federal education loan
  • Not owe a refund due to overpayment of a previous federal grant or loan at any college or university
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required by law)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Certificate Programs
Financial aid is not available for stand-alone certificate programs. State, institutional and private aid is still available. This restriction does not apply to students who are taking certificate programs as a part of a larger degree program or teacher certifications.

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Application Process


  • New Undergraduate Students
    • Apply through EWU Admissions.
    • Apply by Feb. 1 for the following academic year to receive priority consideration.
    • Complete your FAFSA as noted below.
  • Returning Students
    • If you have not attended EWU for more than three quarters, complete a Former Student Returning Form.
    • Submit the form by Feb. 1 for the following academic year for priority consideration.
    • Complete your FAFSA as noted below.
  • Graduate Students
    • Apply through Graduate Admissions.
    • Apply for admission by Feb. 1 for the following academic year for priority consideration.
    • Complete your FAFSA as noted below.
  • Current and Continuing Students
    • Make satisfactory academic progress.
    • Complete your FAFSA as noted below.

You should apply for scholarships as early as possible. The deadline for most EWU scholarships was Feb. 1, 2018.

Many other scholarship opportunities become available in the fall and winter with deadlines in February – May.

Get in-depth information on scholarship opportunities and deadlines.

The Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA) is available Oct 1.

Students should complete and submit a FAFSA by Feb. 1, 2018, for priority consideration. If you apply after that date, you might still qualify for an award, but only if funds are available. If you apply after Feb. 1, you might not receive the full award you could otherwise qualify for.

Be sure to file the correct FAFSA for the correct academic year!

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is available for viewing approximately three days after you complete and submit your application.

  • Use your FSA ID and password to log in to the FAFSA website.
  • Check your financial aid application status
  • Correct your application data
  • Electronically sign your financial aid application

Parents can also use their FSA ID and password to sign their student’s financial aid applications electronically.

Keep a copy of your SAR for your records; we will receive an electronic copy if you listed EWU as one of your receiving schools.

You might be asked to verify your financial aid application. Respond immediately and include your name and NetID on each document you submit.

About 30% of all financial aid applications are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.

If you are selected, the EWU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is required to verify the information submitted on your application.

We will request a verification form and an IRS Tax Transcript if you did not use the IRS data retrieval process or changed the IRS data after you retrieved it. R

After your file is complete, you will receive an email directing you to view your financial aid award on the myEWU Portal. Please follow the steps outlined in the email to accept or reject each type of aid offered.

If we do not hear from you, the offer may be subject to cancellation.

You will be notified of all subsequent award revisions via your EWU student e-mail account or by paper if you have not yet confirmed your intent to enroll.

If you are awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, or Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), additional steps are necessary to obtain these loans.

The university will receive your financial aid funds.

Your financial aid will be applied to your outstanding university charges first. Any remaining funds will be disbursed to you on or after the first day of each quarter.

You have the option of receiving your balance two ways.

  • By direct deposit to a bank account
  • By a check sent to your mailing address on file with EW; you may update your address at any time in the myEWU portal

A check will automatically be mailed if you do not select direct deposit.

Additional information on financial aid disbursement is available in the Award Information and Instructions section.

  • Request a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. It’s the first step in the process and can take several weeks. Learn more with FSA ID FAQs.
  • If you are a dependent student, make sure your parents request their own FSA ID. They need an FSA ID that’s different from yours.
  • Before you start, make sure you have copies of your federal income tax forms. If you’re a dependent student, you’ll need your parents’ federal income tax forms, too.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA application if you’re eligible to do so.
  • File the correct FAFSA for the correct school year.
  • Read the FAFSA instructions carefully.
  • Make sure your Social Security Number is accurate.
  • Use the exact name on your social security card.
  • Include your name and university ID  on every document you send to EWU.
  • Update your EWU records and correct your processed FAFSA whenever you have an address change. EWU address changes may be made through myEWU portal at any time.
  • Check your EWU student email account frequently. We will send email to your EWU student account throughout the year.
  • Reapply by the priority date each year. If you have a FAFSA on file from the previous year, use the FAFSA Renewal Application to reuse your information.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid from the federal government. Be sure to file the correct FAFSA for the year you wish to attend. The academic year runs from fall quarter through summer quarter.

When you apply, use EWU’s school code: 003775.

When You Plan to AttendWhich FAFSADeadline
Fall 2018 – Summer 20192018 – 2019 FAFSAJune 30, 2019
Fall 2019 – Summer 20202019 – 2020 FAFSAJune 30, 2020
Fall 2020 – Summer 20212020 – 2021 FAFSAJune 30, 2021

Summer Financial Aid


You must be registered for summer courses and consult with our office prior to requesting summer aid. Your summer award will not be adjusted for course changes that occur after submission of your EWU Request for Summer 2018 Financial Aid form.

You will be notified in May and June regarding your summer award.

You must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits graduate or 6 credits for all others) to receive summer federal loans and potentially Pell Grant. This applies to both quarter and semester students.

If you receive summer aid for self-paced online courses, they must be completed two weeks prior to the end of the term in which you received aid for them. This requirement overrides the 12 month completion rule for those courses.

Summer aid will disburse beginning May 7, 2018 for the summer semester students and beginning June 25, 2018 or July 23, 2018 for summer quarter students. For aid to disburse on June 25th, you must be registered in at least six credits as an undergraduate or five credits as a graduate/doctoral for the eight-week summer session or the first four-week mini-session. Aid is first applied to your university charges. Remaining funds are deposited to your bank account or sent to your mailing address.

If you withdraw from all courses prior to the start dates of those courses, you must return all financial aid funds to EWU. If you withdraw after the start of summer quarter, you may be required to repay all or a portion of any funds received and future financial aid will be suspended.

Please consult with our office if you will be taking courses that begin prior to the start of the summer session or after the end of summer session. We may or may not be able to fund those courses.

Financial aid availability for summer 2018 is based on your remaining annual eligibility from the 2017-2018 school year. In general, most summer financial aid is loans only, although if you are Pell eligible, you may qualify for a Pell Grant in the summer. Certain restrictions apply and eligibility will need to be determined by the Financial Aid and Scholarship office. Students who are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) may also obtain CBS during summer term. However, any CBS funding used during the summer counts against the 12 quarter maximum on the program. Information on other aid sources is available within the Summer Financial Aid Policies document.

You must have a complete 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file before June 30, 2018 and submit an EWU Request for Summer 2018 Financial Aid Form to our office by July 6, 2018 to be considered for summer financial aid funding.  The EWU Request for Summer 2018 Financial Aid Form will be available from our office beginning April 23, 2018 (first day of summer pre-registration), and requires consultation with a financial aid advisor prior to submittal.  Other summer forms and policies are available at the bottom of this page.

How Your Financial Need Is Calculated

There is no income cutoff or other simple method of determining whether you qualify for federal need-based financial aid. However, you can estimate your eligibility by using the Net Price Calculators above. Eligibility for state need-based aid at Eastern Washington University is based on formulas determined by the State of Washington.

Financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance (as defined by the school) and the estimated family contribution (EFC) calculated from your FAFSA data according to the federal aid formulas established by Congress:

Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

Your financial need determines the maximum amount of need-based financial aid (grants, Work Study, Perkins Loan, subsidized Direct Loan) you can receive. Non-need based loans (unsubsidized Direct Loan, PLUS loan) may be used to replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). After your need has been calculated, your awards are determined and may include a combination of scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, work study, and/or loans.
Special Circumstances

Every family situation is unique. Even though the federal processor uses standard formulas, we may consider special circumstances (death in the family, medical, unemployment, casualty losses, child care, etc.) when we evaluate your eligibility. Please contact us if you encounter special circumstances.

SALT Student Financial Literacy Program


We strongly encourage all student loan borrowers to utilize this program, a free service to all EWU students. With SALT, you can track and manage your federal student loans, learn of repayment options, budgeting techniques, and much more.

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