Browse the videos and links below for tips on applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid offer letter, loan forgiveness and more.
Financial aid video library
Getting started–what to know before you apply
This video provides a quick overview of why filing your financial aid application is so important, which application you should file, steps you’ll need to take and what information you’ll need in order to complete your application.
Scholarship 101: WSU General Scholarship
Hear all about the WSU General Scholarship, which is only available for students attending WSU. Learn tips and best practices as well as the scholarship questions, deadline and awards available.
Scholarships 101: Community Scholarships
Hear tips and best practices about Community Scholarships, which are scholarships funded and managed outside of the university. Learn how to start your research and what the scholarship cycle looks like—when applications typically open, when they are due, common eligibility requirements and more!
Understanding your financial aid offer letter
The following videos show examples of offer letters based on individual information submitted on the financial aid application. Reference your offer letter available through myWSU to follow along with the sample that best fits your own offer letter.
- Example 1—Vancouver Transfer Academic Award, Direct Student Loan, Parent Plus Lon
- Example 2—Washington College Grant, Institutional Grant, Direct Student Loans
- Example 3—Pell Grant, Washington College Grant, College Bound, Vancouver Achievement Award, Direct Student Loans
- Example 4—Washington College Grant, Cougar Commitment, Direct Student Loans
- Example 5—Pell Grant, Washington College Grant, Vancouver Transfer Academic Award
- Example 6—WASFA Applicants Offer Sample
- Example 7—Non-Resident Students Offer Sample
Example 1—Vancouver Transfer Academic Award, Direct Student Loan, Parent Plus Lon
Example 2—Washington College Grant, Institutional Grant, Direct Student Loans
Example 3—Pell Grant, Washington College Grant, College Bound, Vancouver Achievement Award, Direct Student Loans
Example 4—Washington College Grant, Cougar Commitment, Direct Student Loans
Example 5—Pell Grant, Washington College Grant, Vancouver Transfer Academic Award
Example 6—WASFA Applicants Offer Sample
Example 7—Non-Resident Students Offer Sample
Student loans can be forgiven for students working in specific fields. For more information visit the links below.
- Federal Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment Program
- Canceling enrollment
- College affordability guide
- Cougar Food Pantry
- Dropping classes
- Entrance and exit counseling—for student loans.
- FAFSA information
- Foster care resources—Current or former foster youths can find out how to access money to pay for college, get medical insurance, housing and job resources, and much more.
- National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Student Access—The U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid.
- Residency—Information about Washington State Residency requirements for tuition-paying purposes.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)—Understand the requirements for satisfactory academic progress (SAP) associated with receiving financial assistance.
- Tax Benefits for Education
- Washington Student Achievement Council
- Work study
- WSU Pullman Student Financial Services