Apply for Financial Aid

Before you start, you will need:

  • Your social security number (if you are a U.S. citizen)
  • Your tax returns from 2 years prior if you have previously filed taxes
  • Your 9-digit USCIS number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • The Title IV School Code for Shoreline Community College: 003791

Steps to Apply

Financial Aid applicants should apply for admission to Shoreline Community College to receive their ctcLink ID number. It’s simple, fast and free!

If you need assistance, come to the Enrollment Services Office on campus for great individual attention. For more information, check out Enrollment Services.

The dates listed below indicate when valid FAFSA and all additional forms required to complete your financial aid file should be submitted to the Shoreline Financial Aid Office. Students who do not meet the listed completion dates should plan to pay for all tuition and fees until your eligibility is determined. A payment plan option is available on the How to Pay Tuition page.

2022 - 2023 Award Year Recommended File Completion Dates

Summer 2022
May 27, 2022
Fall 2022
July 29, 2022
Winter 2023
November 30, 2023
Spring 2023
February 28, 2023

2023 - 2024 Award Year Recommended File Completion Dates

Summer 2023
April 3, 2023
Fall 2023
July 3, 2023
Winter 2024
September 27, 2023
Spring 2024
January 8, 2024

Please Note: If you have completed a FAFSA application outside of these completion dates, you may be eligible for a financial aid payment deferral. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Get help with the FAFSA or WASFA

Students can e-mail directly to receive help with the FAFSA or WASFA applications. In the subject line of your email, please include “Help Completing a FAFSA or WASFA”.

Students can also reach out to the Benefits Hub where they can walk you through the FAFSA/WASFA application. Learn more and reach out to the Benefits Hub

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for the appropriate academic year online.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply for FAFSA

  • Apply Early: The FAFSA opens up each year on October 1st for applications for the next school year.
  • School Code: When completing the FAFSA, remember to include the Title IV School Code, 003791 for Shoreline Community College.
  • FSA ID and password: New FAFSA applicants should create a FSA ID username and password. The FSA ID and password allows you to sign into your FAFSA application electronically. Please note that this FSA ID is different from your ctcLink ID. Make note of your FSA ID and password for personal reference. Shoreline does not have access to your chosen FSA ID and password. To retrieve your FSA ID and password, please visit the student aid webpage.

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

Apply for WASFA

State Financial Aid - Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who are not eligible for federal financial aid due to their immigration status.

Learn how to check your financial aid status in ctcLink

If additional documents are required to complete your financial aid file, the Financial Aid Office will notify you through your preferred email account designated in ctcLink and post the requirements within your ctcLink account. Check out the Additional Financial Aid Forms page to access copies of these additional documents.

The Financial Aid Office sends all communication through your preferred email address designated within ctcLink. Be sure to check your email often for updates about your financial aid.

Students receiving financial aid are required to select a program of study that leads to an eligible degree or certificate at Shoreline Community College. The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages all financial aid recipients to meet with an academic advisor.

The Advising Center is located in the FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5229. Appointments can be made by emailing or calling (206) 546-4559.

Students are responsible for making certain they take courses that pertain to their program of study or risk exhausting their financial aid before they complete their degree or certificate.

Shoreline Community College offers Federal Student Loan funds through the Federal Direct Lending Program. The Federal Student Aid website provides detailed information about taking out a student loan as well as useful tools to help you manage your student loan, determine how much you can/should borrow, repayment information, and up to date interest rates.

If you would like to apply, complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Shoreline Community College Direct Loan Request Form
  2. Log on to using your FSA ID and password (This is the username and password that you created to sign your FAFSA application electronically. If you do not have a FSA ID and password, you can create a login on the page.)
  3. Click on the "Complete Aid Process" heading and complete the two prompted steps.
  4. Complete Entrance Counseling for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Undergraduate Loans - required if this is your first time taking out a Direct Loan at Shoreline Community College.
  5. Complete theMaster Promissory Note (MPN) for Undergraduates.

Shoreline Community College will be notified after these steps are completed. For any questions regarding this process, please contact Financial Aid.

If planning to attend Summer Quarter, submit a Summer Quarter Financial Aid request formeither by email to or mail to:

Shoreline Community College
Financial Aid
FOSS (5000) Building
16101 Greenwood Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133

Summer aid is added once registration begins and your enrollment is confirmed. If you intend to enroll summer, please register as early as possible. If you met the recommended summer file completion deadline, you are held in your classes until aid is determined.

Please note there is a delay in disbursing funds for Summer Quarter. We cannot pay tuition or disburse a refund to you until after the start of the fiscal year which is July 1.  Because of this, your funds for books, supplies or other expenses are not disbursed until July 2 or later.