How to Apply

It can feel like a lot of work to apply for financial aid. But we'll be here to answer questions every step of the way. Here's how the application process works:

Note: Most forms listed below can be found on our forms page.
  1. First things first: Apply and be admitted to CityU. Continuing students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year.
    Summer Quarter is the first term of the financial aid award year at CityU of Seattle.

    Complete the 2013-14 FAFSA if you're planning to attend Summer Qtr 2013, Fall Qtr 2013, Winter Qtr 2014, Spring Qtr 2014.

    You can apply online at Our Federal School Code number is 013022. Be sure to follow all the prompts and recommendations on the site, including registering for a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

    Note: State recognized "same sex marriages" do not qualify students for independent student status for Federal Student Aid Programs. Students in same sex marriages recognized by Washington or other states must indicate "single" or other non-married status on the FAFSA and must provide parental information, unless the student is determined to be independent for another reason such as age or graduate student status.

  3. After your FAFSA is processed by the federal government, you'll receive an Electronic Student Aid Report* (SAR). If you included our school code 013022 on your application - which we certainly hope you did - we'll also receive your FAFSA data electronically. (If you left off our school code, no worries: You can add it by correcting your SAR online or by calling 1.800.4.FED.AID.)

    *If your SAR information shows you were selected for review in a process called "verification," we will contact you about requirements to submit the following types of documents:

    • The correct version of the Independent Verification Worksheet (if no parent information is required), or Dependent Verification Worksheet (if you were required to put parent tax information on your FAFSA) for the award year in question.
    • Copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript for tax year data reported on your FAFSA. If we are able to confirm your income through use of the FAFSA online IRS Data Retrieval Process, a Tax Return Transcript will not be required.
      1. Example: 2012 IRS Tax Return Transcripts will be requested from 2013-14 FAFSA applicants because 2012 is the tax base year for that FAFSA.
      2. If you are married and filed separately, we will also need your spouse's Tax Return Transcript.
      3. If you are a dependent student, we will also need your parent's Tax Return Transcript.
  4. If our Financial Aid Office needs more information, we'll let you know by mail or email. Be sure to respond quickly, so we can keep your application moving forward. Summer and Fall Quarters are very busy, so processing can take up to 12 weeks.
  5. After we've received and reviewed all of your documentation, we'll calculate your eligibility for Federal Student Aid Programs and notify you of your award package via your CityU email.
  6. First-time borrowers at CityU, go to to complete the Entrance Counseling and Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
    • You will use your FAFSA PIN to access these tools.
    • Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers will also use this site to sign their "Grad PLUS" MPN.
  7. The FAFSA application and award notification process are repeated for each year of enrollment. The 2014-2015 FAFSA Application will be available beginning January 2014.