Hi, future Huskies. My name is Nadia and I'm an Admissions Advisor at the University of Washington Tacoma. While planning your path to college, it may seem scary to think about financial aid, there's quite a bit to know. I'm here to help break down some common financial aid questions and information. Let's jump right in.
To be considered for aid students in their families will need to complete the FAFSA, or the WASPA applications. After these applications are completed, you'll be given three different numbers. First, is your expected family contribution. This is the amount of money your family is expected to contribute to your college costs. Next up is the cost of attendance. This is the amount of money UW Tacoma estimates it will cost you to attend. These costs include things like tuition, books and living expenses, and they cover a nine month academic year. Finally, your financial need. This is the difference between your expected family contribution and the cost of attendance. It's the amount of financial assistance you'll potentially need.
Students can be awarded various types of financial aid. Grants include federal, state and institutional funds awarded on the basis of need, grants do not have to be repaid. Student loans are financial obligations that must be repaid and may have varying interest rates. There are also scholarships. Scholarships are funds that do not need to be repaid. Scholarships may be based on academic merit, financial need, or a combination of both.
Now that we've covered some basics, let's go over some helpful tips. One, submit your FAFSA or WASPA. By the priority date. UW Tacoma has a priority filing date of January 15. This will ensure you get the best possible package available to you. Second, apply for scholarships. There are tons of opportunities for scholarships out there. UW Tacoma also offers freshmen and transfer merit scholarships to be considered for those submit your admissions application and FAFSA or WASPA by our priority dates. Number three, once you're an admitted student, you will receive a financial aid award. If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid office early and often.
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