The WCC financial aid process takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Awarding for a new school year (summer quarter through spring quarter) starts approximately May 1.


1. Student completes FAFSA at

  • Whatcom Community College school code: 010364
  • It takes WCC approximately 1 week to receive student's FAFSA information
  • Need help completing the FAFSA? Call 1.800.433.3243 or go to this website for detailed information.

2. WCC receives student's FAFSA information

  • Student is sent an email alert (to email address listed on FAFSA) verifying FAFSA received and directing student to Financial Aid portal to see list of additional requirements. Please be sure to update the Financial Aid Office whenever you change your email address.
  • Processing will not continue until all requested elements are met.


3. Program admission

  • Student must be admitted into an aid-eligible program in order to qualify for financial aid.
  • Visit Whatcom's Registration Office for more information about applying to a program.


4. Review

  • After all elements are met and worksheets completed and returned, WCC is ready to review a student's application.
  • Review process may take 3 to 4 weeks.


5. Initial awarding process

  • The initial awarding process takes approximately 2-3 weeks.
  • Student awarded maximum amounts for grants, work study and scholarships.
  • Once awarded, student receives an email alert directing them to the Financial Aid portal to see their financial aid awards.
  • If student is not eligible for grants, work study and/or scholarships, student is sent an email alert informing them and notifying them of their student loan eligibility and the WCC student loan process.


6. Student loan awarding process

  • Students who are not eligible for grants or scholarships or whose awards do not meet their educational funding needs may request a student loan award after the student has been notified of their potential student loan eligibility.
  • To request a student loan, visit the Federal Direct Student Loan page.


7. Awards released

  • Financial aid award funds are always applied to tuition and fees due, remaining credit balances are provided to the student via one of three Higher One methods.
  • Student check availability and amounts can be viewed by using the Financial Aid portal.


Items needed for a complete financial aid application

  • Complete FAFSA application (apply online at
  • Enrollment in an aid-eligible program
  • Visit Whatcom's Registration Office for more information about applying to a program
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Registration with the Selective Service, if required
  • Complete financial aid information requirements, which can be viewed on the Financial Aid portal
  • Register for classes