Parents & Families

When families are involved, students benefit

Attending college can be a time of transition for students and their family. We recognize that parents and families are an essential component in the success of Washington State students. Your continued support and guidance is an important piece to your student’s academic and personal success.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to about my student’s progress?

It is our hope that your student has been openly sharing their progress with you. But, if you have questions, you are welcome to contact your son or daughter’s academic advisor. It is important for you to know that Federal law prohibits us from sharing academic information unless we have your student’s written consent. Without their consent, we can only discuss policies and procedures in general.

What is FERPA?
FERPA is short for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a United States federal law that governs the access to educational information and records by public entities such as potential employers, publicly funded educational institutions, and foreign governments.

How can I locate my student’s advisor?

Ask your student. Each student’s assigned advisor is located in myWSU student portal.

What resources are available to help students succeed outside of the classroom?

The Student Affairs and Academic Affairs provides a number of services to students including, academic and career advising, career coaching, peer tutoring, and workshops.

As a whole, Washington State University Tri-Cities offers a number of resources for students. Here are just a few of the many services our campus provides:

What is financial aid?

Student financial aid in the United States is funding that is available exclusively to students attending a post-secondary educational institution in the United States. This funding is to assist in covering the many costs incurred in the pursuit of post-secondary education.

Important Dates regarding Financial Aid to remember:

  • Financial aid applications open October 1.
  • Priority financial aid deadline is January 31 for new students and November 30 for current students.
  • Scholarship application opens in August and the deadline is January 31.

Learn more about WSU Tri-Cities Financial Aid process here, tricities.wsu.edu/finaid

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