How to Apply for Financial Aid
The Basic Steps to Apply for Financial Aid at Evergreen
As the first step in determining eligibility, Evergreen must get information about the resources you have to meet your educational objectives.
Each year, you must complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at the FAFSA website. The information you provide there helps us to determine what type of financial aid you are eligible for.
Please file as soon as possible after January 1 for the next academic year if you wish to attend. The rule of thumb is file as early as possible to receive the best possible financial aid. You will need to enter our school code number, 008155, to make the information you submit available to Evergreen.
The academic year at Evergreen begins with fall quarter and ends with spring. Summer is an optional quarter that ends the academic year if you wish to attend.
If you have not filed your taxes yet, it's okay to estimate tax information on the FAFSA. You can update the information later.
- First, request a FAFSA pin number (your electronic signature) so you will be able to sign your FAFSA online. (If you do not have one already)
There is a link from the FAFSA site to request a PIN. If you are a dependent student, both you and your parents will each need a PIN number, too, and you can apply at the same site.
If you have e-filed in previous years, use the same PIN(s) as you used before.
Every time you file, or even make changes to your FAFSA information, your (and your parent's) signature will be required.
Please keep your pin numbers safe and available for the occasions when you need them.
- Then, print a worksheet from the FAFSA site. (Optional)
The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet allows you to read and complete the questions you will be asked before entering your information online.
The questions are listed in the same order as they appear on the Web site.
2012-13 FAFSA Worksheet PDF
- Finally, file your FAFSA on the web as soon after January 1, as possible.
Evergreen's priority date for receiving complete and valid information back from FAFSA is March 1st.
When you are asked, "Which schools do you want this information to be available to," please include Evergreen's Title IV Code: 008155.
For more FAFSA information from the federal processor, go to the FAFSA site, or call them at 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing-impaired and have questions, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
- Follow-up on the FAFSA
After you file your FAFSA, you will be able to receive further information and advice on the FAFSA site. It is strongly recommended you contact the Financial Aid Office to make sure we have received your FAFSA and to see if we need any additional information from you.
Apply online or request a paper application. Admission to Evergreen requires an application process separate from the process you use to determine eligibility for financial aid.
While your FAFSA information can be received at any time, we will wait to review your eligiblity for financial aid at Evergreen until you are accepted as a regular degree-seeking student or "conditionally" admitted to the college.
Please contact the Admissions Office (360-867-6170) for an application packet.
Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial aid. It is vital that you begin the financial aid application process as soon as possible, but you do need to be admitted before we can offer you financial aid.
If you provided our Title IV Code number (008155), we will receive your FAFSA information from the federal processor and after we get these results and all other requested paperwork and you are admitted to Evergreen, your file will be considered complete.
Complete files are sent to financial aid counselors for review. They review files in the order in which they are received. The time period for the process of review varies according to the time of year, whether you are applying for the current or a future year, and the counselors' workload. A general rule of thumb is: "Submit your additional paperwork as soon as possible."
During the application review process, you may be requested to submit additional documents or clarify conflicting information.
We will notify you if any of this additional information is required. You can also see what documents are outstanding by looking at the Financial Aid portion of your my.evergreen account.
Finally, after your file is reviewed your Financial Aid Office will determine whether you are eligible to receive financial aid, and you will notified by email.
It is very important that we have your correct postal and email addresses.
Addresses can be reviewed or updated through your my.evergreen.edu account.