How to Apply

It is easy to apply for financial aid. Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The FAFSA collects financial data and other information that is used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that ultimately determines a student's eligibility for aid.

For tips on the FAFSA and FSA ID process, watch the video on the right titled “FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents”.


Step 1: Create your FSA ID and PIN

To submit a FAFSA, you first need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and PIN. Click on the link below for instructions, or watch the video on the right titled “How to Create a FSA ID”.


Step 2: Fill-Out a FAFSA

The key to obtaining financial aid is to apply early. Students should apply at least two months prior to the time they expect to enter school. Students may begin the process at any time; however, financial aid will not be awarded until a start date has been assigned. During peak processing times, it could take up to 8 weeks to receive an award letter once a student's file is complete. For instuctions on filling out the FAFSA, watch the video on the right titled “How to Fill Out the FAFSA”.

Please note that the Federal School Code for Renton Technical College for completion of the FAFSA is: 014001.


Step 3: Additional Financial Aid Forms

Once your information has been processed, you will receive e-mail notification that your Student Aid Report is available to view and print out.  Please print a copy, including the signature page, for your records.

  • Complete the requested forms when you have been notified.  Forms are available on our website on the Financial-Aid Forms page.  Include the signature page from your Student Aid Report (make sure you sign it) with your forms that you mail or bring in to us.
  • Stay in touch with the Financial Aid Office to be certain that all information needed to complete your file has been turned in on time.
FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents
How to Create a FSA ID
How to Fill Out the FAFSA