Applying for Financial Aid
Fill out your 2015–16 FAFSA, available at the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid FAFSA website beginning January 1, 2015.
When To File Your FAFSA
The FAFSA is made available to students each year on January 1st. Evergreen's filing priority deadline is March 1st.
You can list up to 10 schools on the FAFSA. Evergreen will not receive your FAFSA unless we are listed. We cannot consider your FAFSA on-time if you add us later. Evergreen’s school code is 008155.
Check out FAFSA’s YouTube video: How to Fill Out the FAFSA.
Know what to do when; download a helpful checklist (PDF).
What if I didn't file my taxes?
You can fill out the FAFSA with estimated information and then correct it once you have filed your taxes. You can even transfer your information directly from the IRS by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval tool. Check out this video on how to upload your tax information from the IRS website IRS Data Retrieval Video.
If you are required to file, please do so and update your information with our office as soon as possible.
If you are not required to file taxes you may indicate "not going to file" on your FAFSA. If you are selected for verification there is a box on the Verification Worksheet you can check that says you are not going to file.
Dependent vs Independent
If you have answered no to all of the questions relating to dependency on the FAFSA you will be considered dependent. If you have a special circumstance, please contact our office for more information.
For students who fill out the WASFA-Washington Application for State Financial Aid:
This application is for low-income, non-citizen students who meet the same residency requirement under HB 1079, to become eligible for the Washington State Need Grant. The application is available now and must be completed by Evergreen's March 1st deadline. For more information, the application, and process requirements can be found by going to: www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.
More FAFSA Tips
Apply for a PIN.
Both the student and the parent will need to apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN. This PIN allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. You can apply for a PIN at the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid PIN website.
Filling out the FAFSA is free.
If a website asks you to pay to fill it out, you are not dealing with the official Federal Department of Education FAFSA site. The official government site is fafsa.ed.gov.
Gather the documents needed to apply.
The FAFSA asks for information about you, the student, as well as your parents if you are considered dependent. This information includes your social security number, legal name, date of birth, address, and information about your financial situation. If you filed taxes, you will need data from your taxes (or estimated information), W-2 information, records of untaxed income, asset information, etc. For more instructions about filing the FAFSA, visit the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website.
Make sure identifiable information is entered correctly.
It’s important that you enter information such as name, date of birth, and social security numbers correctly on the FAFSA. Incorrect information can cause the FAFSA to reject and delay the entire process.
Double check everything.
Go back and check the figures and information you entered. Adding or leaving out a zero on income figures or other dollar amounts can cause your eligibility to be calculated incorrectly.
Sign your FAFSA.
If you don’t sign your FAFSA, the federal processor will reject your application. If you are a dependent student, you and your parent will both need to sign the FAFSA for it to be considered complete and official. You can sign your FAFSA by using your Federal Student Aid PIN.
Review your student aid report.
After your FAFSA is processed, you can access your Student Aid Report (SAR) by logging back into the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid FAFSA website. The SAR contains important information about your financial aid eligibility, terms, conditions, and whether or not you were selected for verification. If you were selected for federal verification, you will be asked to supply schools with more documentation.
Financial Award Timeline
Evergreen’s financial aid priority deadline is March 1.
Your official FAFSA must be received AND processed by the Federal Processor no later than March 1. Your FAFSA cannot be rejected by the Processor for any reason to be considered official, and must include Evergreen’s school code (008155). Only students meeting this deadline will be considered for priority financial aid packaging. Only admitted students are processed for financial aid, so apply for admission to the College early.
Once you are admitted to Evergreen, activate your Evergreen email address and monitor my.evergreen.edu for messages and requirements from financial aid.
FAFSA applications will become available to Evergreen around mid-February. New students who filed their FAFSA on-time, are admitted, and have no outstanding eligibility issues should receive an award offer mid to late March. Award offers are made on a rolling basis according to when students filed their FAFSA and are admitted to the College.
Please read all correspondence from the College carefully and respond in a timely manner. A delay in providing us necessary documentation in order to determine eligibility could delay your financial aid offer and/or possibly move the student out of the eligible queue for priority or on-time packaging.*Students who are provisionally admitted or admitted as a special undergraduate are not considered fully admitted and are not eligible for financial aid.