Financial Aid, FAFSA and Scholarship Information

  • Financial Aid: FAFSA, WASFA, College Bound and Scholarships 
    *Senior Updates and Frequently Asked Questions*
    IMPORTANT: Worried you might be getting scammed? Be careful!
    If in doubt, email your counselor 
    Question: "My parents are divorced. How do we complete the FAFSA?"

    Divorced parents don’t both fill out the FAFSA. When parents are no longer married to each other, and living apart, your custodial parent is the only one whose information counts on the FAFSA. Your custodial parent is the one you live with most of the time. If you live with both parents equally, then select the parent who is the greatest financial supporter in your life. 

    To get the greatest amount of financial aid, choosing the parent who makes less money makes the greatest sense. However, if you are living with the higher-earning parent, you and your family should tell the truth. Falsifying your response on the FAFSA is considered fraud, and can result in fines and prison.

    Some colleges may also the non-custodial parent to provide financial information. Don't report this on the FAFSA, but wait until a school requests it. It is smart to check with the non-custodial parent before filing the FAFSA to make sure that they are willing to provide information if a college asks for it. For more information, please check out the details here:    

    Question: "I filed my FAFSA (or WASFA) and now I am getting financial aid offers online and in the postal mail. How do my parents and I read these so I can compare my offers?"
         This is a great question for your Shorecrest college, career and counseling team. Make an appointment for College Apps Cafe' at lunch. Bring your offers with you. Meanwhile, this helpful chart reminds us all: grants and scholarship do NOT need to be repaid. Low-interest federal loans need to be repaid. Work-study is money you earn while attending college and working for the campus.
    Another great resource:
    See and check out "Breaking Down Your Award Letter." 
    financial aid
    Question: "I haven't filed my FAFSA or WASFA yet. Is there still time for me to get financial aid?" 
    This depends on the college you have applied to/have been accepted by. Most four-year universities have already reviewed a student's FAFSA.
    However, colleges with rolling admissions (including two-year colleges) are still reviewing the FAFSA (and in Washington) your WASFA. Please use the tips below. If you need more help, email or your counselor for the Shorecrest FAFSA/WASFA tips sheet. 
    This information (please scroll down past "Scholarships") is helpful, too. 
    Question: "I didn't receive enough money to pay my college costs? What should I do?"
    Great question! Here are several choices:
    1) appeal your offer apply for a scholarship (see and click on "Not Awarded Enough Aid")
    2) apply to a (lower cost) two-year Washington state college with plans to transfer to an in-state four-year university (see Explore these choices and apply at:
    3) apply for scholarships. 

    Shorecrest Scholarship Highlights for Class of 2022

    Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association: Two $500 awards will be granted to students living in the Ridgecrest neighborhood (south of Northeast 175th and north of Northeast 145th streets; and west of 15th Avenue Northeast and east of Interstate 5). Applicants must submit a statement of 300 words or less: \\\"What the Ridgecrest Neighborhood means to you.\\\" Applications must be postal mailed or emailed by May 4. Awards will be announced May 15. See Naviance or email for details.

    Freestone Capital: Deadline: April 1. Five awards of $5,000 each to Washington, Oregon or California seniors or college students. Two essays and letter of recommendation required.

    Alpha Delta Kappa scholarship for future educators: Typically opens in the early spring. Find this at Naviance. Open ONLY to seniors at Shorecrest, Shorewood or Edmonds-Woodway high schools. Applicants should be high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in education. Applicants must demonstrate good character, achievement in academics (transcript required), and participation in community service. Submit a one page, double spaced essay of 200-300 words explaining why you would like to be a teacher and how your academic experiences, activities, and service to the community have contributed to your decision and preparation.
    Download the application, fill it out, and submit it with your essay, list of activities, and a copy of your transcript. Contact your Counselor, College & Career Coordinator, or Counseling Secretary for a PDF of your transcript. Completed applications and all supporting materials should be emailed to Ms. Kim Haff,

    Shoreline Community College High School Academic Scholarship: Can be used for tuition and fees, books and materials, parking permits, and/or a bus pass. To be considered, you must have a college application on file online at Shoreline Community College. Then, complete this online: unofficial high school transcript; one letter of recommendation; and an essay on the application. Must display academic excellence, leadership, and/or involvement in school and community activities. Must be a Washington State resident (as defined by the college). Minimum 3.2 GPA for junior and senior year of high school; must be graduating this year; must plan to take at least 12 credits per quarter at SCC.

    Edmonds Community College Foundation: Late winter deadline. More than 200scholarships available with one application for tuition, books and fees. The amounts and number awarded vary from year to year based on available funding. Typical awards range from $1,000-$4,500. All students with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA who plan to attend Edmonds Community College in the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply.

    Washington Counties Scholarship Fund: Five $3,000 scholarships are available to eligible children of county employees and county elected officials in Washington state. See your Naviance account to apply. Typical deadline: early spring.

    Cascade Symphony Orchestra has several $2,000 and $3,000 scholarships available for seniors from Edmonds, Mukilteo, Northshore and Shoreline school districts. Applications and audition recordings will be accepted electronically through the Cascade Symphony website. Typical deadline: late winter/early spring. Applicants must submit a five-minute recording of their finest playing (on string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument), without accompaniment, performing pieces that best showcase their technical proficiency and musicality. Candidates will be notified in late April. Winners will be presented their scholarship at Edmonds Center for the Arts stage during the orchestra’s spring concert.

    Maxwell Scholarship: Seniors from Western Washington with financial need may apply for up to $5,000 per year and is potentially renewable. Applicants must plan to attend a four-year non-public university, and have earned at least a 1200 on the SAT or a 26 or higher on the ACT. Lower scores may be considered. Apply online:, typically by April 30. 

    Hearthstone: Open Dec. 1, 2021-March 30, 2022. Open to students from low-income households with seniors who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Can’t be used for study abroad. Must be available for a phone interview in May. Completed applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    Student View: Deadline: April 22. Good option for students who are not applying to FAFSA or WASFA - but need to complete a financial planning component for their High School and Beyond Plan. Complete a survey, random drawing after completing a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. Open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need. There is one $4,000 award; two $1,000 and ten $500 scholarships. It requires no minimum SAT/ACT, GPA, essay or application fee.

    AFS: American Fire Sprinkler Association: Deadline: April 1, 2022. Ten $2,000 awards from a drawing after taking this 10-question quiz.

    Smart Choices scholarship: Deadline: April 1. The Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires, with WIAA, offer this program to graduating male and female senior student/athletes who compete for WIAA high schools. Academics, leadership and community service are also considered. Smart Choices winners receive a $5,000 scholarship toward the institution their choosing. Four male and four female finalists also receive $1,000 scholarships each. 

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund: this free online resource helps you search for good-fit scholarships.

    Berol-Shindell Scholarship: Each year Hillel awards a number of scholarships through the Berol-Shindell scholarship fund in order to help students who are Jewish attend the University of Washington. It covers partial tuition. Scholarships are awarded annually and based on financial need. The scholarship was established by the late Joseph J. Berol and Ruth and Milton Shindell to assist undergraduate Jewish students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend the University of Washington. See Naviance for details.

    Cascadia Community College: Typical deadline in late winter.

    Bellevue College: Typical deadline in late winter.

    Experience WSU: If you are accepted to WSU, register for an official full-day visit (specific dates on website) and get a $1,000 scholarship: 

    Dick’s Drive-In: Get a job at Dick’s, work at least 20 hours a week for at least six months and continue to work at least 20 hours a week while going to school have access to a $25,000 scholarship over 4 years. You can use this scholarship for any college, vocational or self-improvement program.

    Lake Forest Park Rotary: Typical spring deadline. Up to 10 awards of $1,000 per student. Requires community service and solid academic history.

    College Covered: Twelve randomly selected winners of $5,000 each chose monthly. Deadlines: April 1, May 1, June 1, etc.

    Filipino American Educators of Washington: Typical deadline for this hard-copy application: mid-April.

    Banking or Insurance? TwinStar Credit Union. BECU. WSECU. QualComm and more. Many require strong community service and GPA.

    Do you or your parents work for State Farm Insurance, Home Depot or Costco? Or is your parent a law enforcement official or first responder? Check out Naviance or company websites for links.

    Do you have someone in your life who has been or is still dealing with cancer, Alzheimers, Diabetes, MS, epilepsy - or do you volunteer with these organizations? Essay-based applications. If you think you may be eligible, please email your counselor.

    Careers that Work: For Gene Juarez Academy and other training schools in Pacific Northwest. Email your counselor for details.

    Building Industry Association of Washington: Typical deadline in the spring.

    Washington State PTA: Deadline: April 30. Three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall. Minimum 3.4 GPA with essay.

    Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties: Typical deadline in the spring. Open to seniors for technical, community or university training programs connected to the homebuilding industry. Separate “Professional Women in Building” scholarship available, too.

    Scholarship Database Websites:

    Naviance: It's free. It's your account! There's no spam. Pus, it highlights local Lake Forest Park/Shoreline opportunities as well as national possibilities.

    Washboard: It's free. There's no spam. Plus, it's available exclusively to students in Washington state. Here's a video link to see what it's about: Please note: many washboard deadlines were March 1.

    College Success Foundation: Local scholarships for select students living and attending high school in Washington state  - especially those with financial needs or from under-represented populations. (Realize The Dream is here)

    FastWeb: Lots of national resources with great matching services. Caution: it brings a lot of unneeded email after your register, so consider using a secondary email address.

    Cappex:  If you open a free account on this site, you can find large and national scholarship programs - plus some unique scholarship links that are available only to Cappex account holders. Plus: less likely to send you extra emails after you register.

    Unigo: Loaded with traditional and occasionally unusual opportunities, this site features programs from around the country. Shorecrest recommends you use a secondary email address in case you’re worried about being spammed.

    College Board:

    Going Merry: Social comments section available to get advice from peers.



    Smhm 9/20/2021 # # # # # #

    **Important** you should ONLY submit your financial information to the official FAFSA website. 
    There are websites that are scams and collect your information posing as FAFSA. 
    You should never be asked to submit payment as you submit your financial information -
    that's a sure sign of a scam!
    FAFSA/WASFA opens Oct. 1, 2021.
    FAFSA will collect income information from the already completed tax year - 2020. 
    FAFSA in Spanish
    FAFSA directions are available in Spanish online at
    Find a list of publications from Student Aid in Spanish
    Si a usted o a su padre de familia o tutor legal le interesaría recibir cualquier información de las siguientes en su primer idioma, por favor consulte al Orientador Académico. Si llama a la oficina de Orientación al 206.393.4296, pueden devolverle la llamada usando un intérprete. 
    Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)
    is now open, too.
    Apply online at
    FAFSA in Spanish
    FAFSA directions are available in Spanish online at
    Find a list of publications from Student Aid in Spanish
    Question: "I didn't receive enough money to pay my college costs? What should I do?"
    Great question. You have several choices. Consider appealing your offer or 
    FAFSA/WASFA Resources for Shorecrest Seniors
    in the Class of 2022
    FAFSA Time


    If your family speaks a language other than English,

    please email your counselor to arrange a free translator.

    FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid (

    WASFA = Washington Application for State Financial Aid (

    Why you need one of these:

    • For school-based scholarships, federal grants and low-interest loans
    • For your Shorecrest High School and Beyond Plan if you are not applying for a separate non-FAFSA-based scholarship (HSBP = this is a graduation requirement)

     Want to do it on your own? Here’s the step-by-step:


    What you should have ready:

    Your Social Security number and/or card;
    Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen); 
    Your driver's license or state ID card (if you have one).
    What your parents/guardians should bring:
    Their Social Security number and/or card;
    Their alien registration card (if they are not a U.S. citizen);
    Their driver's license or state ID card (if they have one);
    W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2020. Your December 2020 pay-stub will work if you haven't received your W-2 yet;
    A completed federal income tax return for 2020. 
    Current bank records;
    Untaxed income records for 2020 (Social Security, welfare, etc.);
    Business/Farm and other real estate records;
    Records of any stocks, bonds or other investments - including college savings plans.
    If you have any questions, please email your counselor
    or Mrs. Monson in the College & Career Center.
    # # # # # # # # # # #


    FAFSA opens Oct. 1, 2021 for the 2022-23 college school year.

    I’m ready to get started. Now what?


    FAFSA: Start by making your FSA ID. Both student and parent need one.


    What you will need:



    Ÿ  2020 Tax return if you have one

    Ÿ  Your Social Security number and card

    Ÿ  Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

    Ÿ  Your driver’s license or state ID card, if you have one

    Ÿ  Your Chromebook or laptop

    Ÿ  Current bank statement if you have one

    Ÿ  FSA ID

    Ÿ  2020 Tax return

    Ÿ  Your Social Security number and/or card

    Ÿ  Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

    Ÿ  Your driver’s license or state ID card, if you have one

    Ÿ  Laptop or iPad iif you have one (limited computer access in library)

    Ÿ  Current bank statements

    Ÿ  Untaxed 2020 income records: Social Security; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; welfare, or veterans benefits records

    Ÿ  Business/farm and other real estate records

    Ÿ  Records of any stocks, bonds and other investments, including college savings plans

     FSA ID


    Then, start your FAFSA:

    Caution: filing the FAFSA is always free. There are scam sites out there that will try to charge you for this service.

    What to do next: After filing, you will receive a confirmation via email. Watch for that to be sure you have officially filed. Enter it into your electronic Canvas account.

    After the Initial FAFSA Filing (Tips from College Success Foundation)

    FAFSA filing will happen every year you are in college. This is just the beginning.

    FAFSA will be processed and the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) info will be sent to colleges you designated in your FAFSA. Aid award emails will come from each college, usually in April, and will likely include loans, grants and/or work study. Then you decide and take next steps.

    Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR). If one does not come to your email after a few days of filing your initial FAFSA, go back into your FAFSA because you likely have not completed the initial filing. If your SAR comes back with an asterisk (*) next to the EFC, you have been selected for verification. College Bound students should also receive an confirmation email from College Bound.

    Making Updates and Corrections

    Watch your email at least once weekly. FAFSA and colleges will likely send email asking for follow up steps to be completed. Get it done early and meet their timelines to maximize your money.

    IF you add any colleges to your application list, make sure that you also add them on the FAFSA!


    If you are chosen for Verification, you will need to provide follow-up documentation to the college financial aid offices. This will include an IRS tax transcript. Your FAFSA is considered incomplete until these steps are completed.

    Common Mistakes

    • Wrong SSN? Start FAFSA over.
    • Incorrect name/name entered doesn’t match the name on Social Security Card?   Start FAFSA over.
    • IF you need to print and sign the signature page (rare!), make sure you send it in asap!
    • Be sure to select the correct FAFSA filing year.
    • Be sure to update your tax filing status when you update - “Already Completed” or “Will Not File”
    • Make sure your FAFSA is actually filed. Log in to your FAFSA Welcome Page; you should see a submission date. If there is no submission date, it wasn’t filed.
    • Check email often for email from colleges and FAFSA.

    Special Circumstances and Appeals

    Contact your college directly for situations such as these:

    • Loss of employment of a parent
    • Unusually large uninsured medical or nursing home expenses
    • Unusually high dependent care expenses
    • Legal separation or divorce after filing the FAFSA
    • Death of parent or spouse after filing the FAFSA

    Start any appeal directly with the college as soon as possible.

    What if you didn’t get enough financial aid?



    What if only the Student Has SSN? If a student has an SSN, but parents don’t, the student can still file a FAFSA. Print, sign and send in. See your counselor and research scholarships. Good places to start: and

    No student SSN? See if you are eligible to file the WAFSA

    Bonus Resources:

    Federal Student Aid has great YouTube videos. Search FSA or FAFSA.

    Best Introduction:

    How to apply for FSA ID and FAFSA (English, for parents)


    Do-it-Yourself Tips for FAFSA:

    Welcome to FAFSA (in Spanish) from 2017-18

    Welcome to FAFSA (English) (English) from 2017-2018

    What to do if you forget your FSA ID:


    Other FAFSA/WASFA Help


    Questions: 206.546.4762


    Cascadia Community College:




    University of Washington Bothell


    Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, 2021


    When’s my FAFSA deadline?

    It depends on the college you are applying to. Most four-year colleges need this by mid-December; most two-year colleges need this by March. Seniors in the “College Bound” program need to complete this ASAP!

    What is an FSA ID? It is your PIN, and allows both student and parent to make FAFSA changes and updates. Both student and parent need their own FSA ID. Register:

    What will I need to finish my FAFSA or WASFA?

    • Your driver's license or state ID.
    • Your income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and your 2020 tax return.
    • Your parents' financial information. Parents should bring a copy of their 2017 tax return.
    • Additional financial information such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.
    • Your Social Security Card or green card AND one parent's Social Security Number (if they have one).
    Helpful FAFSA Resources:
    # # # # # # # # #
         Watch these YouTube videos on all things FAFSA: how to complete it, what documents you need, and more!!
    Introduction to Federal Student Aid:   
    # # # # # # # # # # #
      What is WASFA?

    The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA, is now available for undocumented students to apply for State Need Grant funds. The application can be accessed on, and students should submit it as soon as possible. 

    Undocumented students are now eligible to receive State Need Grant funds because of the Real Hope Act, also referred to the as the Washington Dream Act, which passed the Legislature during the 2014 session and was signed into law by Governor Inslee on February 26, 2014. 

    The law is specific to the State Need Grant program and expanded the definition of in-state residency to include undocumented students. The act also included an additional appropriation of $5 million for the State Need Grant Program. 

    The State Need Grant helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Students who meet program requirements can use the grants at eligible institutions in Washington. 

    This new law makes Washington the fourth state (after Texas, California and Minnesota) to provide financial aid to non-citizens. In 2003, Washington offered in-state tuition to students who graduated from high school (having lived in the state for three years) and promised to pursue citizenship. 

    The additional $5 million is included in the total appropriation of $308 million, which is expected to serve 77,000 students. State Need Grant awards are not guaranteed - the additional funding is not earmarked for undocumented students - and all students are encouraged to file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the WASFA as soon as possible. 

    The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the state’s financial aid programs and contracted with Access Group Inc. to provide the WASFA to these newly eligible students. Ready, Set, Grad is the state’s new information and awareness website. The site launched in 2012 to provide college preparation and funding information to students, families and educators statewide. 


    What is the College Bound scholarship?

    College Bound is an official program in Washington state designed to improve high school graduation and college enrollment rates for low-income students. Students who registered in the 7th or 8th grades, and whose families meet the income requirements, are eligible. Middle schoolers must have applied by June 30 of their 8th grade year. Foster youth up to age 21 are automatically enrolled.

    To maintain eligibility, College Bound participants must: graduate with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; not be convicted of a felony; happy to an eligible in-state public two- or four-year college; submit the FAFSA. 

    It covers tuition, some fees and most book allowances. It does not cover housing.

    For more details, see:

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
     Be$t $cholarship Bet$!


    Naviance: It's free. It's your account! There's no spam. Pus, it highlights local Lake Forest Park/Shoreline opportunities as well as national possibilities.

    Washboard: It's free. There's no spam. Plus, it's available exclusively to students in Washington state. Here's a video link to see what it's about:

    College Success Foundation: Local scholarships for select students living and attending high school in Washington state  - especially those with financial needs or from under-represented populations. (Realize The Dream is here)

    FastWeb: Lots of national resources with great matching services. Caution: it brings a lot of unneeded email after your register, so consider using a secondary email address.

    Cappex:  If you open a free account on this site, you can find large and national scholarship programs - plus some unique scholarship links that are available only to Cappex account holders. Plus: less likely to send you extra emails after you register.

    Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: Check this out for grants for professional and/or technical training at community and technical colleges if you have high financial needs. 



    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Shorecrest is here to help at

    Free FAFSA & WASFA Help Night

    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Shorecrest Commons and library

     This FREE event is part of Shorecrest's "Three-in-One" college help day.

    It's a great resource for students and families to undertsand the different options for paying for college - incuding loans, grants and scholarships. Experts will be here to help you finish your FAFSA or WASFA online.

    Whether you are applying to a two-year, four-year or technical/trade school, your federal financial aid eligibility depends on submitting a completed FAFSA. Some computers will be available, but you may want to bring your own, too. 

    If your family speaks a language other than English, please see Ms. Monson or your counselor to arrange a free translator.

    Links to Other Scholarship Sources

  – free scholarship search service. - free scholarship online matching service. Search for all scholarships at the colleges of your choice. – free information about ALL types of financial aid for college. – Website to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – The goal of this website is to educate students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid.  There are also links to scholarship opportunities. - free scholarship search website. – helping students find scholarships since 1998. – free information about scholarships. – source for grants, loans & scholarships. – general information about student financial aid.  Western Undergraduate Exchange.  Reduced out of state tuition awards for qualifying students from nearby western states. scholarships and opportunities for with faith-based institutions.

    www.ProjectOpportunity.Netorganization promoting access to private colleges in WA. - admission & financial aid info for Community/Technical colleges. 

    www.thewashboard.orgscholarships for students in WA State. - Scholarships for Hispanic Americans. - scholarships for low-income and minority students. - Northwest Education Loan Association, a LOCAL non profit center helping students with every step in the college admissions and financing process. – Provides information on the various types of scholarships associated with military service commitments.  Also available—a scholarship search for any scholarships for children of military officers or other connections through the military community. – Scholarships for Latino students. – Scholarships for Hispanic Americans. - Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarships, for Latino students. Another national scholarship site, but this one highlights awards given for some of the most random and unique eligibility requirements. - American Legion Scholarships – Information for international students – International Education Financial Aid: Information on studying abroad


    More Helpful Websites: