Applying for Financial Aid

As most funds are available on a limited basis, we encourage you to apply early. 

When to Apply for Financial Aid

Quarter You Want to Start You Should Apply Before Financial Aid Priority Deadline Tuition Due Date Quarter Begins
Summer 2023   April 14, 2023 June 19, 2023 July 3, 2023
Fall 2023   April 14, 2023 Sept. 5, 2023 Sept. 18, 2023
Winter 2024   Dec. 1, 2023 Dec. 18, 2023 Jan. 2, 2024
Spring 2024   March 1, 2024 March 25, 2024 April 8, 2024
Summer 2024     June 17, 2024 July 1, 2024
For more important dates and deadlines, go to Calendars, Dates, & Deadlines.

For maximum consideration of available funds, including Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), you must have a complete financial aid file (Centralia College Financial Aid Form, FAFSA, Application for Admissions, etc.) by the deadlines listed above.

If your file is complete after the priority deadline, funding will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Files completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed in an ongoing process, but we cannot guarantee they will be reviewed by the tuition deadlines.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

New Centralia College Student

If you are new to Centralia College or have been gone for more than a year, follow these easy steps to get started.

Returning CC Student

If you've been a Centralia College student recently (i.e. you've been gone less than a year), follow these steps to come back.

Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA if you are a DREAMer (Washington Application for State Financial Aid – for undocumented students) Application

  • To receive financial aid , complete the FAFSA/WASFA application. Note: You will need to submit a new FAFSA/WASFA application EACH year to continue receiving financial aid.
  • Be sure to include Centralia College School Code on your application, School Code: 003772
  • Your FAFSA/WASFA will be electronically sent to the school 5-7 business days after you complete the application.
  • After your application has been received, you will receive a notification from the Financial Aid Department with your next steps.

Note Regarding Financial Aid Verification - One in three FAFSAs are selected for a process called verification. This requires the Financial Aid Office to verify information that was reported on the FAFSA. Learn more about Verification.

Visit the Financial Aid Forms page for the most current forms, including verification forms.

Submit transcripts to the Financial Aid Office for every school you have attended in the last five years.

Your initial financial aid award is based on your enrollment, which is indicated on your Centralia College Financial Aid Form. To avoid delays in financial aid disbursements, you must notify the Financial Aid Office in advance if you wish to change your enrollment plans. Please contact the Financial Aid office if you have questions.

Once awarded you will need to sign and submit your Conditions of Award form to the Financial Aid Office.

Login to your ctcLink account. Here you can:

  • Check on your financial aid award.
  • Find documents you need to submit or review those already submitted. It is important to submit any requested documents right away to avoid delays in processing your financial aid.


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