Applying for Financial Aid
Seattle Film Institute encourages students to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid programs. Every student could benefit from financial assistance so you should fill out this free application to determine eligibility for financial aid programs.
Who should apply for financial aid?
Every student who would like financial assistance with college costs. Do not assume you are not eligible for financial aid. Review the information below and apply for financial aid today!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SFI’s School Code is 042580
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks for basic information to determine your eligibility for all the financial aid programs sponsored by the Federal Government. The FAFSA is available on October 1st and must be completed annually so SFI can determine your renewed eligibility for Financial Aid. The quickest and most efficient way to file the FAFSA is online.
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must meet the requirements for each of the below:
- Enroll as a degree-seeking student
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Not be in default on a federal educational loan
- Not owe a refund on a federal educational grant or loan
- Register with Selective Service (if you are a male born on or after January 1, 1960, over 18 years of age and not currently in the armed forces)
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Determine if you need to include your parent’s information if you are applying for financial aid
For financial aid purposes, the federal government must determine if you are required to include your parent’s information when you apply for financial aid. The Department of Education will determine your dependency based upon responses entered on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are considered a dependent student, you will be required to enter your parent(s) information on the FAFSA. If you are considered an independent student, you will be required to enter your information on your FAFSA and information for your spouse, if applicable.
Federal Student Aid ID
If you are filing the online FAFSA, you can sign the form electronically by using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Students and parents who have not previously applied for a FSA ID are able to apply for one within the FAFSA application.
If you filed a FAFSA in a previous year and have forgotten your FSA ID, you can request a duplicate on the website.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To complete your FAFSA online, visit: the FAFSA website. SFI’s school code is 042580.
After completing your FAFSA, print the FAFSA Confirmation Page for your records. If you have already completed a FAFSA for another school, click on “Make a Correction to a Processed FAFSA” and add SFI’s school code – 042580.
You will need your previous year tax information to fill out the current years FAFSA. With the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the Department of Education makes it easier than ever to submit this information.
The Student Aid Report (SAR)
Your Student Aid Report summarizes the information you submitted when you filed the FAFSA and indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If you have filed the FAFSA electronically, you will receive an e-mail with a secure link for online access to your Student Aid Report. After receiving your Student Aid Report check it for errors. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report will determine the amount of financial aid you may be eligible to receive.
Submit additional documents, if needed, to complete your Application for Financial Aid
During the Financial Aid Process, there are many times when additional information may be required to complete an application for Federal Student Aid. When SFI receives your FAFSA information, we will review it and contact you for any additional information that we may need to review. Please respond promptly to any request from SFI for additional documentation.
The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 1/3 of all financial aid applicants for verification. SFI is required by the Department of Education to request certain documents that ensure the accuracy of selected students FAFSA.
If your account is missing information or was selected for verification, SFI will send an e-mail to you outlining missing information/requirements that may be preventing financial aid from being awarded or disbursed. Please respond in a timely manner to allow for the awarding and release of any financial aid that you may be eligible to receive. Financial aid awards will not be created until this process is complete.