Determining Financial Need

The amount of assistance students receive is based on the student’s demonstrated need.

Cost of attending college – Expected family contribution = Need

Financial need is defined as the difference between educational expenses (tuition, fees, books, tools, supplies, room and board, personal, and transportation) and the amount the student and their family can afford to pay as determined by the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).