By Linda Olsen, Financial Aid Counselor
and Kay Lewis, Director, Financial Aid Office
Undergraduates at the University of Washington will receive over $200 million financial aid in 2008-2009. Although we are in a time of economic uncertainty, we expect to have as much financial aid available, if not more, in the upcoming school year. There is no "income cutoff" or other simple method of determining whether you will qualify for need-based financial aid. If you think you will need assistance in paying for college, you should apply. In general terms, "financial need" is defined as the difference between what it costs you to attend school and what you and your family can afford to pay. The University of Washington students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for aid. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and follow directions to file the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA). File your FAFSA as soon after January 1, 2009 as possible, noting University of Washington, Code #003798 in Step 6.
To ensure the UW remains affordable, the Husky Promise is a guarantee for Washington state students from low-income and lower-middle income families that if you are admitted, finances will not keep you from reaching your educational goals. To be eligible for the Husky Promise you must: admitted to the University of Washington; a Washington State resident; meet all eligibility for the Pell Grant or State Need Grant Program; submit the FAFSA before the UW’s priority filing date of February 28, 2009. You must list the University of Washington (federal code #003798) as one of the colleges you wish to receive the results of your FAFSA. Only full-time undergraduates pursuing a first bachelor’s degree are eligible for the Husky Promise. You can read more about this aid program at www.washington.edu/huskypromise.
We understand that seeking financial aid can be complex, and the financial aid office has counselors available to help students, parents, and prospective applicants. Our office is located on the first floor of Schmitz Hall at 1400 N.E. Campus Parkway. We are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may have your questions answered by calling us, 206-543-6101, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The Office of Student Financial Aid is here to assist you.