For Parents and Family

If you’re just beginning the research process about what types of financial aid is available to you, we’ll step you through some basics on this page.  If you have any questions, please contact us. The financial aid application process at Bellevue College begins with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). Eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid is  based on the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and calculated by the Department of Education. Review the steps for applying.

Completing the FAFSA/WASFA

Generally, if your student is under the age of 24 and also claimed as your dependent during the year he or she plans to attend college, you’ll be required to complete a parent portion of the FAFSA or WASFA.  You can get a head start by familiarizing yourself with the documents required for the FAFSA.

Encourage Your Student to File Online

Completing the online application is quick and secure. The online form is especially convenient for parents and students that are not living at the same state or country.  It’ll allow both of you to complete and sign the application quickly and without the hassle of having to mail the application back and forth.

Create a FSA ID

The FSA ID – a username and password –  must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Apply for a FSA ID now.

Viewing your Student’s Financial Aid Status

In order to discuss specific information regarding your student’s financial aid, your son or daughter will need to complete a form waiving their rights under the Family Education Act (FERPA) guidelines set by the United States Congress in 1974. The form is available in our Financial Aid Forms Library. Learn more about FERPA.

About Parent PLUS Loans

Parent PLUS Loans are a frequent point of confusion in the financial aid process. Please review these details if you have any questions regarding the loan as well as visiting our Types of Aid page.

Estimating Costs

If you’re not ready to apply for admissions, but you want to get a rough estimate on what type of aid is available to you, this free, online tool is provided by the Department of Education.