Financial Aid Filing Assistance Available This Month for Seniors

Grade 12 students and their parent/guardians are invited to attend college financial aid filing events. Counselors and financial aid experts will be on hand to help students and parents fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This year the FAFSA filing window opened on Oct. 1, three months earlier than past years. The U.S. Department of Education has some helpful tips on filing. Click here to avoid some of the pitfalls.

Assistance to file will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Squalicum High School and from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Oct. 20 at Bellingham High School.

Each session includes workshops on financial aid and scholarships.

In advance of these support sessions, please go to to retrieve your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID.

If you attend, please bring the following:

  • student’s social security number and/or driver’s license;
  • student’s FSA ID number (see link above);
  • parent’s recent income information (W-2’s or a pay stub and 2015 tax return.)
  • parent’s social security number;
  • parent’s FSA ID number (see link above);
  • and, if you are not a U.S. citizen, please bring your alien registration card.

For more information, please contact your high school counselor.