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It all depends on your program, housing options, course fees and individual circumstances.

Types of Financial Aid

Grants

Scholarships

Work Study

Loans

Sources

Federal

National

Federal

Federal

    - Pell Grant

State

State

    - Direct Subsidized loan

    - FSEOG

    - College Bound Scholarship
- WashBoard.org

Community Service Learning

    - Direct Unsubsidized loan

State

Institutional

 

Private

    - State Need Grant

Charitable Organizations

 

Charitable Organizations

    - Opportunity Grant

Private

 

 

Institutional

 

 

 

    - South Seattle
College Grant

 

 

 

    - Tuition Waiver

 

 

 

Charitable
Organizations

 

 

 

 

Features

Does not need to be  repaid

Does not need to be repaid

Does not need to be repaid

Must be repaid.

Need-based

NO COST: never pay to apply!

Need-based

Accrue interest.

Merit-based

Some can be renewed

Needs to be earned through
employment. 

May require parent/co-signer.

 

Some can be portable

 

Credit history/check.

 

Many are one-time awards.

 

Good vs. bad debt

 

Application

FAFSA OR WASFA

Separate application for each one

FAFSA OR WASFA

FAFSA and additional forms

Additional forms

 

Mandatory orientation

Online Master Promissory note

 

 

Work Study

Online Entrance Counseling

 

 

 

Mandatory orientation


Other funding sources

If you need funding while your FAFSA is being processed or if you don’t qualify for Title IV financial aid, try these other funding options.

  • Worker Retraining
  • Automatic Payment Plan
  • WorkFirst
  • FSET
  • WIA/WorkSource
  • Opportunity Grant
  • Foundation
  • High School Scholarship
  • 13th Year Scholarship
  • Emergency Funding
  • American Opportunity and Lifelong Learning Credit (1098T)