Steps to Receiving Financial Aid at EWU
You must meet all of the basic eligibility requirements and complete the steps below to be considered for financial aid and scholarships at Eastern Washington University.
Net Price Calculator
The EWU Net Price Calculator provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective students based on what similar students paid in a previous year. These calculations reflect awards for the current academic year and will be updated shortly for 2018-19.
Financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance (as defined by the school) and the estimated family contribution (EFC) calculated from your FAFSA data according to the federal aid formulas established by Congress:
Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need
Your financial need determines the maximum amount of need-based financial aid (grants, Work Study, Perkins Loan, subsidized Direct Loan) you can receive. Non-need based loans (unsubsidized Direct Loan, PLUS loan) may be used to replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). After your need has been calculated, your awards are determined and may include a combination of scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, work study, and/or loans.
Every family situation is unique. Even though the federal processor uses standard formulas, we may consider special circumstances (death in the family, medical, unemployment, casualty losses, child care, etc.) when we evaluate your eligibility. Please contact us if you encounter special circumstances.
FAFSA Application Tips
- File the correct FAFSA for the correct school year.
- Read the FAFSA instructions carefully as you complete the FAFSA on the Web.
- Make sure your Social Security Number is accurate.
- Use the exact name on your social security card. Notify the Social Security Administration if you change your name due to marriage or other reasons.
- Include your name and EWU ID on every document you send us.
- Use Eastern's school code (003775) to indicate that you want your FAFSA results sent to Eastern.
- Request an FSA ID and keep it with your records. If you are a dependent student, your parents may request an FSA ID also.
- Make sure you have the appropriate electronic signatures (yourself and your parents, if applicable).
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA application if eligible to do so. Otherwise, use copies of your tax return(s).
- Keep copies of your federal income tax forms and other documents for your records.
- Remember to keep a copy of the confirmation number after filing your FAFSA on the Web. Your application is not complete until you click on "submit".
- Update EWU and correct your processed FAFSA whenever you have an address change. EWU address changes may be made through myEWU portal at any time.
- Check your EWU student e-mail account frequently. We will send e-mail to your EWU student e-mail account throughout the year.
- Reapply by the priority date each year. If you have a FAFSA on file from the previous year, use the FAFSA Renewal Application to pre-populate certain data elements.
In order to be eligible for federal and state financial aid, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- You must be formally admitted to Eastern.
- You must be a United States citizen or be in the U.S. on a permanent visa status.
- Undocumented students may still be eligible for state financial aid
- You must be seeking a degree or certification in an eligible program.
- You must not be in default on any federal education loan, and you must not owe a refund due to overpayment of a previous federal grant or loan at any college or university.
- You must be registered with the Selective Service if required by law.
- You must have a valid Social Security Number.
- You must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Financial Aid Eligibility for Certificate Programs
Beginning July 1, 2011, students taking a certificate program as a stand-alone are no longer eligible for federal aid. However, state, institutional, and private aid is still available. This restriction does not apply to students who are taking certificate programs as a part of larger degree programs or to teacher certification students.