Apply for aid

The Financial Aid Office is now open to the public starting November 22, from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday. The best way to reach us and get questions answered quickly is to use our ticketing system by clicking on the green box below, Ask Online for Help or Information. You can also use the phone callback system to talk to one of our staff. 

Phone Callback System

Ask Online for Help or Information

Relax! The process of applying for financial aid is not as difficult as it may seem. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be done before you know it! We’re here to help and there are many tools available to assist you.

Quick Start – How To:

Complete your FAFSA:



Mobile App

WASFA Instructions Link

Step 1:

Admission Requirements

Step 2:

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (see below) online or through the MyStudentAid mobile app. Do not complete both.

Note: If you plan to transfer to Bellevue College and you completed the FAFSA for another school, you must add Bellevue College to your existing application. Our school code is 003769.

  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents and other eligible non-citizens file the FAFSA. The FAFSA is a federal application, and is required for all types of aid, including loans.
  • Complete the FAFSA once each year.
  • Select Bellevue College on your application so we receive your information electronically.
  • 1 – 2 weeks after you submit the FAFSA you receive a response from the federal processor, which includes a summary of your application. Review this carefully for accuracy. You can make corrections if needed.
  • Once you submit the FAFSA, complete the remaining steps as indicated below.
  • Need help? Try the free Benefits Data Trust chatbot or watch Completing the FAFSA overview (video).

Step 2A:

Complete the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)Do not submit both the WASFA and FAFSA.

  • WA state residents who are ineligible for federal aid (immigration status, loan default, etc.) file the WASFA. The WASFA is a state application used for state funds only.
  • Complete the WASFA once each year.
  • Make sure you select Bellevue College on your application so we receive your information electronically.
  • Review your application for accuracy. You can go back to your application and make corrections if needed.
  • Once you submit the WASFA, complete the remaining steps as indicated below.

Not sure whether you should complete the FASFA or the WASFA? Review this questionnaire to be directed to the appropriate application for you.

Step 3:

Verify your Program of Study/Program Plan is accurate.

Your program of study is the degree or certificate you plan to complete while attending Bellevue College. By federal regulation, your financial aid can only pay for classes you need to complete your program, or for prerequisites you must take before you register for required classes.

Step 4:

Submit all the Documents we ask for and Complete all Required Processes

  • Once we upload your FAFSA/WASFA we send an email to the address listed on your college account. The email lists other documents or processes you must complete before your file is ready for review.
    • It is a good idea to check the financial aid portal often to see what is needed to complete your file.
      • Sometime before June 2022, the portal will move to ctcLink, and you can access it using the financial tile, or link provided.
    • We review files based on the date you submitted the last required document to our office.
    • Register for classes as early as possible. After registration begins for the year your FAFSA/WASFA relates to, we prioritize review of your file based on if you are registered for classes.
    • Some financial aid programs have limited funds. Submit documents as soon as possible to make sure you receive all the aid you are eligible for. Also review the financial aid deadlines based on the quarter you plan to start school.

How to Submit the Documents Needed to Complete your File:

Submit your Documents Online

This is the fastest and most secure way to submit your documents to us. Use the link above to login using your Net ID and password, and upload your documents as indicated. Note: We accept uploaded documents in PDF format only. Allow up to three weeks for your document to be recorded as received in our system.

Mail your Documents

Mail your documents to the college – Attention: Financial Aid Office. During the campus closure, we pick up documents once each week from our secure mail room, and prepare them for electronic transfer to your file. Please allow up to three weeks for us to record your documents as received in our system.

Student Central Dropbox

Drop your completed documents in our secure Student Central Dropbox. Located in the Lobby of the U Building and accessible 8am-6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Documents placed in the dropbox are retrieved at least once a week. Please allow up to three weeks for us to record your documents as received in our system.

Last Updated November 22, 2021