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The College Bound Scholarship was established by the Legislature in 2007. The purpose of the program is to provide state funded financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility because of the cost. Eligibility for the scholarship is a two part process. First, students whose families are income-eligible must submit a complete application during grade 7 or 8, and no later than June 30 of their eighth grade year. Second, students must complete the scholarship pledge requirements and meet income-eligibility guidelines as determined by colleges using data from the student’s FAFSA or WASFA in their senior year of high school.
The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their eighth grade year in 2010 graduated from high school in 2014. In comparison, the 2014 four-year graduation rate for low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn’t sign up was 62 percent.
Since the program’s inception, almost 241,000 students have applied.
Note: Foster youth in grades 7 through 12, up to age 21, who have not graduated from high school, are automatically enrolled. They are considered to have a complete application for the College Bound Scholarship via a data exchange between the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).