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 Financial Aid Priority Deadline Tuition Due Date Quarter Begins
Summer 2024 May 1, 2024 June 17, 2024 July 1, 2024
Fall 2024 May 1, 2024 Sept. 9, 2024 Sept. 23, 2024
Winter 2025 Nov. 27, 2024 Dec. 19, 2024 Jan. 2, 2025
Spring 2025 Feb. 28, 2025 March 24, 2025 April 7, 2025
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.

Students are awarded for full-time (12 or more credits) anticipated enrollment each quarter, unless time frame restrictions apply. Your enrollment may also be restricted if you are required to appeal for an extension of time frame or Student Academic Progress (SAP). 

If you plan to attend a quarter at less than full-time you will need to submit a Request for Change form once you have registered.  Your enrollment status is locked as of the Census date, which is the 10th day of the quarter (8th day during summer quarter). Students who enroll for less/more credits than awarded, will be adjusted after the Census date.  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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