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How to Pay for College

How to Pay for College

Incoming Students Spring 2024

Complete your 2023-2024 FAFSA or 2023-2024 WASFA application now!

Important News regarding the 2024-2025 FAFSA

As you might have heard by now, there have been some delays and technical challenges with the U.S. Department of Education’s “soft-launch” of the 2024-2025 FAFSA which became available on December 31st, 2023. You may have experienced a wait time, technical issues, and/or an inability to access the application as a result.  

We understand that the Department of Education’s delays and technical issues can cause concern for you and your family. We want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation and staying informed of any other possible delays or issues with the 2024-2025 FAFSA.  We appreciate your patience during this time as you continue to complete and submit your 2024-2025 FAFSA application.    

We recommend that you submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA as early as possible, so we can determine your financial aid eligibility in a timely manner.  

Please note that the Department of Education has announced there will be delays in transferring your completed FAFSA application to colleges/universities. After you complete and submit your FAFSA, you should receive an email acknowledgement from Federal Student Aid (this message will be sent to the email address you use for FAFSA). However, our office will not be able to receive your application, see any of your submitted FAFSA information, or advise on aid eligibility until a later time (currently estimated to be in March 2024).  

If you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA form, the WASFA application for Washington state residents is now available for students. We have received reports from the Washington Student Achievement Council who process the WASFA application, that some students are not able to submit the form for 2024-2025. Students with unmarried biological parents living together may not be able to submit all parent information. At this time, like the FAFSA, colleges are unable to receive and view WASFA applications.

We will continue to keep you informed with periodic updates and reminders.

As a reminder, the 2024-2025 school year begins with our summer quarter 2024. This DOES NOT determine your upcoming Spring 2024 aid!


2024-2025 FAFSA/WASFA Help is Available!

SFCC’s Financial Aid Office will be hosting two on campus FAFSA/WASFA completion events:

  • Wednesday February 21, 2024, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Building 30, Room 101/102
  • Tuesday March 5, 2024, 9:00 am to 11:00 am Building 30, Room 102

Financial Aid staff will be available to answer your questions, help with your FSA ID and submitting your 2024-2025 FAFSA/WASFA. Make sure to bring your FSA ID information and 2022 tax records. All students who completed a 2023-2024 will have the same FSA ID as before. Don’t have an FSA ID? Create an FSA ID before you join us at the workshop.

Application Processing

The Financial Aid office is currently processing applications for Spring quarter enrolled applicants who had all documentation including the FAFSA submitted on or before March 18, 2024.

To review SFCC’s HEERF policies and mandatory reporting, visit COVID-19 Emergency Funding

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2024-2025 FAFSA® Changes

This page provides a detailed review of why the FAFSA® is being updated, what are the changes to the application, and what students and their families can do while waiting for the application to open. Please click on the link provided down below in order to access this information.

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FAQs for Students, Families, & Staff

GOT QUESTIONS? We’ve got you covered! For more information regarding questions students, families, and our campus partners may have about what to expect with the upcoming FAFSA® process, please click on the link provided right below.

Federal School Code: 009544

Use this code for your FAFSA if you attend school at the SFCC or Pullman campus.

Stay on track with priority federal funding

Important Dates and Deadlines

FAFSA Opens Annually

(for the upcoming academic year)

December 2023

FAFSA Closes Annually

(for the current academic year)

June 30

Priority Funding Deadline


Tuition Due Dates

Foundation Scholarships

January 19 – March 19 annually


Keep Your Email Up-To-Date

The financial aid office sends you information at the email used to create your student account in ctcLink. Log in to ctcLink to change your information.
Check your ctcLink Student Homepage for a Tuition Due Date Extension.

FAFSA: Apply for Aid

When completing the FAFSA application, please remember to use the Aid Year Application that corresponds to the school year you wish to begin attendance. If you have any questions as to which FAFSA to complete, please contact the financial aid office.
Financial Aid Funds are not disbursed until the first day of school.


3410 W. Whistalks Way
Spokane, WA 99224 - 5288
MS 3172

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 509-533-3550
Fax: 509-533-3547
Location: Building 17