1. Know the FAFSA priority filing deadline
The University of Washington Bothell has a priority deadline of February 28th each year. This means that the FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processor on or before February 28th. Please note that even an electronic submission may take 2-5 days to reach the Federal Processor. For priority consideration, you'll want to file between January 1 (the first day you can file) and February 15 so your FAFSA is received by the priority deadline of February 28th.
2. Apply for the FSA ID
Create the FSA ID by visiting https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also create the FSA ID as they will need to sign your FAFSA as well.
3. Gather financial information
Gather income and assets information, tax returns, etc. for the year preceding the FAFSA award year. For example, if you are filling out the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year, then you will need information that will go on your 2014 income taxes and the UW must be listed as a school to receive your FAFSA information.
4. Submit FAFSA
Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to complete your FAFSA online. Make sure that you electronically sign your application with your PIN. If you are a dependent student, make sure that one of your parents sign with their PIN as well.
5. Receive your Student Aid Report
You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the government when your application has been processed. Please note that receipt of a SAR does not mean that the University of Washington has received your FAFSA. Once processed, it can take 10-14 days for your application to be received by the University of Washington. You will receive an e-mail or a computer generated notification via U.S. mail notifying you when we have received your FAFSA.
6. Aid package will be awarded
The UW Financial Aid and Scholarship Manager will create an award package and you will be notified of your eligibility. Your aid package is based on your enrollment status, information on your FAFSA, and your "Expected Family Contribution" (EFC). Check your MyUW account for award information.