Financial Aid Application Assistance Available at College Goal Washington Events

Do you need money for college? The first step is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). You can do this at a College Goal Washington event. College Goal Washington is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete their financial aid applications. There are dozens of events scheduled statewide throughout October and November 2017.

Starting October first students can begin applying for financial aid to go to college in the 2018-19 school year. To help people with financial aid applications, the Washington Student Achievement Council is organizing College Goal Washington events across the state.

Beginning in October and November, over 120 College Goal Washington events will take place throughout the state. Anyone who wants to pursue education after high school can attend these events. Find a list of College Goal Washington event dates and locations on

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In Washington, there are two different ways to apply for financial aid. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens apply for federal and state financial aid with the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. People who can’t file the FAFSA due to immigration status can still apply for state financial with the WASFA, the Washington Application for State Financial Aid.

All prospective students should apply as early as possible, as some types of aid are first-come, first-served. Colleges have different financial aid deadlines, so students should meet the deadlines for the colleges they want to attend.

Applying for financial aid is an important step to continuing education after high school, and students who file the application are far more likely to attend college. “We never want lack of money to be a barrier to someone pursuing the education or career they want,” says Gov. Jay Inslee. “We want every aspiring high school student to get the information and advice they need about student financial aid. Events like College Goal Washington help students and families realize a path to continuing education after high school.”

College Goal Washington is part of the 12th Year Campaign, a Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) initiative to increase educational attainment. This work is made possible through state funding and support from the Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) as well as site volunteer support from the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA).

About the Washington Student Achievement Council

The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. The council has three main functions:

  1. Lead statewide strategic planning to increase educational attainment.
  2. Administer programs that help people access and pay for college.
  3. Advocate for the economic, social and civic benefits of higher education.

The council has nine members. Four members represent each of Washington’s major education sectors: four-year public baccalaureates, four-year private colleges, public community and technical colleges and K-12 public schools. Five are citizen members, including one current student.

Find us on Twitter @WSACouncil and Facebook.


Events are planned at the following schools:

Some schools will be hosting private events specifically for their students. Check with your school for more information about their financial aid events.

DigiPen Institute of Technology
East Valley High School
Columbia Basin College
Skagit Valley College
Squalicum High School
Nooksack High School
Ferndale High School
Lynden HS
Lynden Christian HS
Burlington Edison High School
Whatcom Community College
Meridian High School
Bellingham High School
Mt. Vernon High School
Sehome High School
Sedro-Woolley High School
Kent-Meridian High School
Stanwood High School
East Valley High School
Olympia High School
Edmonds-Woodway High School
Kentwood High School
Shorewood High School
Tumwater High School
Everett High School
Zillah High School
Olympia High School
Granger High School
East Valley School District
Toppenish High School
West Valley High School
Southridge High School
Southridge High School
Southridge High School
Hazen High School
North Central High School

Asotin High School

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Cascade High School
Chiawana High School
Clark College
Decatur High School
Evergreen HS
Graham-Kapowsin High School
Granger High School
Highline High School
Kettle Falls High School
Klahowya Secondary School
Leaders in Learning
Lewis & Clark High School
Mt. Rainier High School
North Beach Jr/Sr High School
North Cascades Institute
North Central High School
Orting High School
Othello High School
Rosalia Elementary & Secondary School
Shelton High School
South Puget Sound Community College
Southwest Branch Library/The Seattle Public Library
Stanwood High School
Tahoma High School
Timberline High School
Tumwater High School
Tyee High School
Wahkiakum High School
Walla Walla High School
Washington High School
Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee Valley College
West Valley High School
West Valley High School
White Pass Jr/Sr High School
Walla Walla High School
Zillah High School