Apply for Aid

Getting Started

Grants, scholarships, work study and loans are considered financial aid. Apply early for priority funding and make sure you don’t miss the deadlines!

Students seeking financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Submitting the FAFSA after the priority deadline of Feb. 1 may limit your financial aid eligibility.

U.S. Citizens: Start Your FAFSA


Undocumented Washington Residents: Start Your WASFA

 

FAFSA Application Process

To receive financial aid, you have to be admitted to EWU, which means you have to apply.

If you apply by February 1, you are given priority consideration and can work to maximize your award. If you apply earlier, that’s cool, too!

 

You should apply for scholarships as early as possible. The deadline for most EWU scholarships is February 1.

Get in-depth information on scholarship opportunities and deadlines.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available Oct. 1 and will take time to complete.

Students should complete and submit a FAFSA by February 1 for priority consideration.

Look for key information from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. They have all the information on how to apply for, verify, and receive your financial aid.

  • 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 in EagleNET 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 2022 – Summer 20232022 – 2023 FAFSAJune 30, 2023
Fall 2023– Summer 20242023 – 2024 FAFSAJune 30, 2024

Financial Aid Basics & Ways to Pay

Net Price Calculator

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, subsidized Direct Loan) you can receive. Non-need based loans (unsubsidized Direct Loan, Parent PLUS loan, private education loans) 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.

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.

The EWU Net Price Calculator provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective students based on what similar students paid in a previous year. These calculations reflect the estimated costs and awards for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Freshmen Net Price Calculator

Transfer Net Price Calculator

FAFSA Application Tips

  • File the correct FAFSA for the correct school year.
  • Read the FAFSA instructions carefully as you complete the FAFSA on the Web.
  • Make sure your Social Security Number is accurate.
  • Use the exact name on your social security card. Notify the Social Security Administration if you change your name due to marriage or other reasons.
  • Include your name and EWU ID on every document you send us.
  • Use Eastern’s school code (003775) to indicate that you want your FAFSA results sent to Eastern.
  • Request an FSA ID and keep it with your records. If you are a dependent student, your parents may request an FSA ID also.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate electronic signatures (yourself and your parents, if applicable).
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA application if eligible to do so. Otherwise, use copies of your tax return(s).
  • Keep copies of your federal income tax forms and other documents for your records.
  • Remember to keep a copy of the confirmation number after filing your FAFSA on the Web. Your application is not complete until you click on “submit”.
  • Update EWU and correct your processed FAFSA whenever you have an address change. EWU address changes may be made in EagleNET at any time.
  • Check your EWU student e-mail account frequently. We will send e-mail to your EWU student e-mail 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 pre-populate certain data elements.