The Financial Aid Application is Changing

The FAFSA Simplification Act has introduced a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024–25 award year. This includes changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and many policies that will alter how students apply for aid and the method for determining aid for students.

Highlights for 2024-2025 Financial Aid

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is expected to be available in late December.
  • The aid application will have fewer questions, hopefully making it easier for students to complete the application.
  • The application will have new terms. Instead of “parent” or “spouse,” the form uses “contributor” to identify someone who is asked to provide information on the FAFSA® like a parent or spouse did previously and “consent.” Each contributor will be required to consent to their information being included on the FAFSA®.
  • The “Expected Family Contribution” in calculating how much aid students may get is changing to a “Student Aid Index.” This number measures the student and/or family’s ability to pay for college. The new formula implements a separate eligibility criterion for determining Federal Pell Grants.
  • Eligibility for Federal Pell Grants is expanding. The new criteria will include family size and the federal poverty level for income. Incarcerated students in federal and state correctional facilities may be eligible. Lifetime eligibility will be restored for students whose school closed when they were enrolled or if the school is found to have misled the student.

Be Prepared

Want More Information?

Watch what the federal government has to say about FAFSA Simplification in their YouTube video.

See the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) for updates on 24/25 FAFSA Simplification

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

How Is the WASFA Being Impacted?

  • The 2023-2024 and 2024-25 WASFA forms are now open. Apply Now
  • This page will be updated with WASFA changes and how state aid is impacted.
  • Follow Washington Student Achievement Council’s WASFA website as well for additional resources


2024 - 2025 FAFSA Q&A for Students

There have been significant challenges with the nationwide rollout of the new 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is affecting every college and university in the nation, including Lower Columbia College. The U.S. Department of Education has informed colleges and universities that they will not begin receiving financial aid application data until mid-March – four months later than usual.

This significant delay, coupled with the need to rewrite software for processing your FAFSA data, will prevent our Financial Aid Office from notifying students of their financial aid information for the 2024-25 academic year until mid-May at the earliest.

Please note this information does NOT apply to your 2023-2024 FAFSA, which covers Summer 23, Fall 23, Winter 24, and Spring 24 quarters. Your Spring 24 financial aid will release as normal.

We recognize that college costs play a huge role in your ability to choose a college and finish your studies. LCC’s Financial Aid Office will do everything possible to package your aid as soon as possible. Please continue to check this website often for helpful information and any available updates.

Contact Financial Aid

Financial Aid staff are available online in Zoom, via phone or email.

 Financial Aid Office

  (360) 442-2390
Fax: (360) 442-2379


Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm*

*Closed Fridays during summer session (July/Aug).

Computer access is available in the Admissions Center.


Important! Make sure to select Lower Columbia College as a school that you want to receive a copy of your FAFSA or WASFA.

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