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Financial Aid

Financial Aid helps you and/or your parents to meet basic educational expenses for an academic degree, a professional technical degree, or a certificate program. While the primary responsibility for paying for college rests with you and your family, Cascadia offers many resources to help you.

 

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Financial Aid

For in depth information about your financial aid record, you may email finaid@cascadia.edu or check in to see the financial aid on duty counselor.

Day Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wedneday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday NO DROP-INS; NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY

For in depth information about your financial aid record, you may email finaid@cascadia.edu or check in to see the financial aid on duty counselor.

Day Hours / Link
Monday
Thursday
  • NO DROP-INS; NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY
See the current tuition and fees.
See Board Policy Article 3, Section 3

Types of Funding

Paying for college can feel overwhelming. Explore the different types of funding available to students: grants, student loans, work study, and scholarships. Learn more

How to Apply

To get started in the application process for grants, student loans or work study, you must fill out a financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA). The application is the first step in determining your aid eligibility. Learn more

Financial Aid Management

Want to check the status of your financial aid award? How do you receive your aid? When it's time to repay, what does that process entail? So much information, and this section will go over all that information. Learn more

Forms

Federal Acts and Information

Cascadia School Code: 034835

Cascadia Tax ID#: 91-201-540

Why is FAFSA Changing?

The biggest changes in 40 years will be happening in Financial Aid starting the 2024-2025 academic year. Are you ready? This webpage will be updated as the Financial Aid Office prepares for these changes, so you can stay informed about your Financial Aid resources, and the changes ahead.

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024–25 award year. Some changes have already gone into effect in prior academic years, but the largest changes are occurring in 2024-25. This includes changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, need analysis, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in federal student aid programs. These changes will alter how it looks for students to apply for aid through the FAFSA® form and the methodology for determining what aid students may be eligible for.

What Does This Mean for You?

Your 2024-2025 FAFSA® process will be different, but the Financial Aid Office is here for you! This webpage will keep you updated with the most recent information.

What is Changing

  • 2024-2025 FAFSA Release Date
    • Usually, October 1st the new FAFSA is launched, for 2024-2025 expect the FAFSA® to open by the end of December 2023.
  • Say goodbye to “EFC” (expected family contribution) and hello to “SAI” (student aid index)
    • This number measures the student and/or family’s ability to pay for college. The new need analysis formula allows for a potential SAI as low as -1500 and implements a separate eligibility criterion for determining Federal Pell Grants.
  • Expanded Access to Federal Pell Grant
    • Expanded eligibility based on family size (not including number in college) and federal poverty level will allow for more students to receive Federal Pell Grants
    • Incarcerated students in federal and state penal facilities may be able to receive Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility will be restored to students whose school closed when they were enrolled or if the school is found to have misled the student
  • Streamlined FAFSA® Form
    • Fewer questions will be asked, and federal tax data will automatically be transferred from the IRS starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA®
  • New Terminology
    • With the 2024-2025 FAFSA® you will see and hear words such as contributor (anyone who is asked to provide information on the FAFSA® like a parent or spouse) and consent (each required contributor will be required to consent to their information being included on the FAFSA®).

How to Prepare

  • Ensure to mark your calendars for December 2023, watch for the 2024-2025 FAFSA® release. Once an official date is known, we will update you here.
  • See how the FAFSA Simplification changes impact what you may qualify for. Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to see what you may now be eligible for.
  • Check back here for the most recent updates!

How is the WASFA Being Impacted?

  • The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for 2024-2025, will be delayed and be available in December 2023.
  • 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

Resources

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), previously known as CARES Act/Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted with campus classes/operations going online and who are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 health crisis. HEERF funds may help pay for any part of your college cost to attend and emergency costs due to the Coronavirus such as textbooks, course materials, food, housing/rent, technology (such as laptop, printer, webcam, WI-FI, software, etc.), healthcare, childcare, etc. Cascadia College has exhausted all Higher Education Emergency Relief funding, and is no longer accepting HEERF application. Because we are still processing funding, Cascadia is required to post the following information:

Application Process

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Set up a BankMobile account. Cascadia has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to process aid refunds. Students who are awarded are required to create a profile online and select a refund preference with BankMobile to receive awards.
  3. After application closes, funds will begin to be added to your award and you can view this on the ctcLink Self Service Portal. In ctcLink, the HEERF awarding appears as CARES I, CARES II, or CARES III.

Eligibility

All Cascadia students currently enrolled who meet the following criteria, may be eligible:

  • Must be enrolled in classes in the quarter for which you are requesting HEERF 
  • Must have expenses or needs related to the COVID-19 health crisis

Funding is limited and the college cannot guarantee that every student who is eligible will receive funding. Cascadia College prioritizes students with exceptional financial need, when processing application request.

About HEERF

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law March 2020, allotting money to provide economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the CARES Act, funding was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF
  • The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law December 2020, authorizing money in support for education, in addition to the money provided by the CARES Act. To ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRRSAA made available to higher education institutions fundings as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, or HEERF II.
  • The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law March 2021
  • The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, or HEERF III, was authorized by the American Rescue Plan to provide funding in support to institutions of higher education to serve and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic

FAQs

1. How will I receive HEERF funding if approved?

The HEERF funding will be dispersed via BankMobile. Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution powered by BMTX, Inc. View our contract online.

2. If I did not complete a FAFSA or WAFSA, could I still qualify?

Yes. The HEERF funding does NOT require you to complete the FAFSA or WAFSA.

3. In the past I did not qualify for Financial Aid because of too much income, would that mean I won’t qualify for HEERF funding too?

No. This funding for COVID related emergencies is not based on income. We understand that students have incurred additional expenses related to COVID-19 regardless of income. If you meet the eligibility requirements above and submit the application before it closes, your application will be considered for funds.

4. Does this impact my Financial Aid?

No. The COVID-19 related emergency funds do not impact your financial aid or the maximum amount of award a student can receive.

If you have any questions about HEERF that was not addressed, please email finaid@cascadia.edu or do a Drop-in Zoom with Financial Aid.

Quarterly Public Reporting

The following reports are provided as part of the college’s agreement with the Department of Education. As of October 1, 2020, reports will be provided no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30) for the term of the agreement.

Combined Student and Institutional Quarterly and Expenditure Reporting
2023
2022
Student Aid Portion
3/31/2022
Total amount of funds received from HEERF (CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP) $3,027,171
Total amount of funds disbursed to students from HEERF (CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP) $2,239,500
Total amount of funds disbursed to students from all HEERF grants from 01/01/2022 – 03/31/2022 $597,000
Estimated number of students eligible to receive HEERF grants from 01/01/2022 – 03/31/2022 1912
Number of students who received HEERF grants from 01/01/2022 – 03/31/2022 201
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education Agreement for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, and received approval on January 17, 2021.
  • Cascadia College uses an electronic application for students to apply for the HEERF funds. Students must self-attest and sign the application. During the period of 01/01/2022 – 03/31/2022 grant amounts ranged from $1,000 – $3,000.
  • Instructions, Directions and Guidance provided to students:
    • Cascadia wants to keep you enrolled in your classes. If you have an emergency expense due to the disruption of classes/campus operations due to COVID-19, please fill out the application below. These are grants designed to cover a variety of expenses as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
    • Disbursement Methods: Grant funds awarded will be sent to BankMobile and will be disbursed to you via the refund preference you selected and have on file or sent by paper check from Cascadia College if you are unable to receive funds through BankMobile.
    • Affidavit of Truth Statement and Release of Information: By submitting this application, I am acknowledging the information provided on this form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true. I acknowledge that I have a financial need as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. I understand that by applying for the CARES Act/CRRSAA/HEERF III Emergency Funding, I authorize program staff to evaluate records or data pertinent to my application from other campus offices. I understand that all information will be protected as confidential. I understand that I am not eligible to receive funds until the application process is complete.
12/31/2021
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $578,115
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 988
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 274
CRRSAA Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $574,115
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 3289
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CRRSAA Funding 288
HEERF III Funds
Total Funds Received $1,870,941
Total Funds Dispersed $494,270
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 2107
Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Funding 248
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education Agreement for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, and received approval on January 17, 2021.
  • CRRSAA funds were offered to Title IV and Washington State eligible financial aid students to apply using an application process.
  • Instruction/Directions/Guidance provided to students:
    • Cascadia wants to keep you enrolled in your classes. If you have an emergency expense due to the disruption of classes/campus operations due to COVID-19, please fill out the application below. These are grants designed to cover a variety of expenses as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
    • Disbursement Methods: Grant funds awarded will be sent to BankMobile and will be disbursed to you via the refund preference you selected and have on file or sent by paper check from Cascadia College if you are unable to receive funds through BankMobile.
    • Affidavit of Truth Statement and Release of Information: By submitting this application, I am acknowledging the information provided on this form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true. I acknowledge that I have a financial need as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. I understand that by applying for the CARES Act/CRRSAA/HEERF III Emergency Funding, I authorize program staff to evaluate records or data pertinent to my application from other campus offices. I understand that all information will be protected as confidential. I understand that I am not eligible to receive funds until the application process is complete.
9/30/2021
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $578,115
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 988
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 274
CRRSAA Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $468,385
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 1182
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CRRSAA Funding 235
HEERF III Funds
Total Funds Received $1,870,941
Total Funds Dispersed $0
Estimated Number of Eligible Students N/A
Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Funding N/A
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education Agreement for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, and received approval on January 17, 2021.
  • CRRSAA funds were offered to Title IV and Washington State eligible financial aid students to apply using an application process.
  • Instruction/Directions/Guidance provided to students:
    • Cascadia wants to keep you enrolled in your classes. If you have an emergency expense due to the disruption of classes/campus operations due to COVID-19, please fill out the application below. These are grants designed to cover a variety of expenses as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
    • Disbursement Methods: Grant funds awarded will be sent to BankMobile and will be disbursed to you via the refund preference you selected and have on file or sent by paper check from Cascadia College if you are unable to receive funds through BankMobile.
    • Affidavit of Truth Statement and Release of Information: By submitting this application, I am acknowledging the information provided on this form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true. I acknowledge that I have a financial need as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. I understand that by applying for the CARES Act/CRRSAA/HEERF III Emergency Funding, I authorize program staff to evaluate records or data pertinent to my application from other campus offices. I understand that all information will be protected as confidential. I understand that I am not eligible to receive funds until the application process is complete.
6/30/2021
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $578,115
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 988
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 274
CRRSAA Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $230,385
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 347
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CRRSAA Funding 116
HEERF III Funds
Total Funds Received $1,870,941
Total Funds Dispersed $0
Estimated Number of Eligible Students N/A
Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Funding N/A
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education Agreement for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, and received approval on January 17, 2021.
  • CRRSAA funds were offered to Title IV and Washington State eligible financial aid students to apply using an application process.
  • Instruction/Directions/Guidance provided to students:
    • Cascadia wants to keep you enrolled in your classes. If you have an emergency expense due to the disruption of classes/campus operations due to COVID-19, please fill out the application below. These are grants designed to cover a variety of expenses as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
    • Disbursement Methods: Grant funds awarded will be sent to BankMobile and will be disbursed to you via the refund preference you selected and have on file or sent by paper check from Cascadia College if you are unable to receive funds through BankMobile.
    • Affidavit of Truth Statement and Release of Information: By submitting this application, I am acknowledging the information provided on this form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true. I acknowledge that I have a financial need as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. I understand that by applying for the CARES Act/CRRSAA/HEERF III Emergency Funding, I authorize program staff to evaluate records or data pertinent to my application from other campus offices. I understand that all information will be protected as confidential. I understand that I am not eligible to receive funds until the application process is complete.
3/31/2021
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $523,500
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 641
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 260
12/31/2020
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $521,500
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 507
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 214
9/30/2020
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $271,500
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 340
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 136
7/28/2020
CARES Funds
Total Funds Received $578,115
Total Funds Dispersed $271,500
Estimated Number of Eligible Students 340
Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding 136
5/22/2020
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education CARES Act Certification and Agreement on April 10, 2020 and returned/submitted the form to the Department on April 11, 2020.
  • Cascadia College received $578,115.00 in CARES (HEERF) Funds to provide to students via emergency grants.
  • Cascadia College will make funds available to students as soon as funds can disburse from our new system, known as ctcLink, which the college began implementing May 11, 2020. Due to changing guidance from the Department of Education, to meet the requirements of the guidance provided, the application process for students to request the CARES funds was unable to be completed before our system was shut down in preparation for conversion.
  • Students who eligible for Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Federal Financial Aid) are eligible to apply for CARES Act funding. During spring quarter 2020, there are approximately 300 students eligible to receive the CARES Act funds.
  • At this time, no funds have been distributed to students. Those students who are eligible to apply for funding will receive the application beginning on Monday, June 1st and students will be notified of their awards the following week.
  • Students eligible to receive Title IV funds were identified and provided the opportunity to submit an application to request funds if they have expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  • Students who are currently receiving financial aid and have questions about receiving CARES emergency funding, should contact Cascadia Student Financial Services at finaid@cascadia.edu
Institutional Funds
2022
2021
2020

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