Financial Aid Application Process

This is the financial aid application process for Fall 2013 through Summer 2014. To apply for financial aid you must complete the following five steps:


Step 1: Apply for Admissions

You must be enrolled full–time with 12 credits or more to qualify for aid. If you are taking fewer than 12 credits please contact the Financial Aid Office immediately after registration (or you will experience delays in receiving financial aid funds).

Step 2: Complete a FAFSA form

Step 3: Submit your FAFSA to the Federal Processor

Watch for an email with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) in approximately five days.

Step 4: Respond to the "Required Actions Letter"

  • After you receive your SAR, you will receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office. Read it thoroughly and carefully.
  • The letter states what additional documents are required to complete your file (such as a copy of your Federal Tax Return Transcript, a copy of your Social Security card, proof of citizenship status, proof of Selective Service registration, Federal verification worksheet, a copy of your birth certificate, or a copy of your U.S. passport).
  • You can view your file status at Student Online Services.

Step 5: Submit all additional Required Documents

Students must complete Steps 1–5 of the Financial Aid Application Process by the following deadline dates.

Our Federal School Code

Seattle Central's Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping students find financial resources to help pay for college. Our Federal (Title IV) School Code is 003787. For more information about financial aid, visit the U.S. Department of Education's "Information for Students and Parents" website.


FAFSA Filing Options

  1. FAFSA on the Web
    Students can file their FAFSA over the Internet via the FAFSA online rather than use a paper FAFSA. Follow the instructions carefully. Students and parents with Dept. of Education PIN numbers can sign the application electronically. Students and parents without PIN numbers must print and sign the Certification Page and mail it to the Federal Processor.
  2. Renewal FAFSA on the Web
    This option is only available to students who applied for aid in the previous academic year and have a Department of Education PIN number. If you do not already have a Department of Education PIN number, we recommend you file your FAFSA using option #1 or #3.
  3. Paper FAFSA
    If you would like to fill out a paper FAFSA, you will need to call the Federal Processor at 1.800.433.3243 to request one. A paper FAFSA takes between 4–6 weeks to process.

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