Now that you have completed your FAFSA you may be be wondering what is your next step. This page will give you information on what you need to do now.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Students and parents are expected to contribute according to their means, taking into account their income, assets, number of dependents, and other relevant information. Students are expected to contribute from their own assets and earnings. The Expected Family Contribution is determined by information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Determination of Eligibility
Financial aid applicants are assigned a standard budget. From this budget, the EFC and other resources such as scholarships are subtracted. The balance is the unmet need. Financial Aid office personnel award aid toward the unmet need.
Expected family contribution is determined primarily on the prior year income. If circumstances have changed (i.e. loss of job or support) and the prior year income does not accurately reflect the current family financial status, a Special Circumstances form may be submitted to the Financial Aid office. The form is available at the Financial Aid office. Clear documentation of the most recent income must be submitted with the form. Only one special circumstance request will be reviewed per year. A request for re-evaluation must be made between August 1 and April 1 if 1.) your EFC is greater than 1,100 and
2.) your household income is $5,000 less than what was reported on the FAFSA.
What Else Must I Do?
Financial Aid Status
You can check the status of your application online here:
Please return any missing paperwork as soon as possible to speed processing.
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Financial Aid Notification
A Financial Aid Notificaiton will be sent by mail or email to notify applicants of the amount and type of aid awarded to them. Applicants determined to be ineligible for student aid will be notified by mail or email. You may also view your award information by clicking on the Financial Aid Portal link above.
Washington State Need Grant Program Conditions of Award
If you are awarded a Washington State Need Grant (SNG), you must comply with the following five conditions:
Disbursement of Funds
Once aid is awarded, CBC will credit funds to the enrolled student’s account to pay charges subject to program and funding limitations. The student's awards must match the enrollment level in order for tuition and fees to be paid.
Drug Conviction Eligibility
Should a student be convicted for any offense during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under ANY federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs, the student can lose eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or Work Study assistance. Should a student lose eligibility due to this offense, students may regain eligibility by completing and submitting the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for question 23 to the Financial Aid office. Students should consult with staff in the Financial Aid office regarding this matter.
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