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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 7th or 8th grade, and no later than June 30 of their 8th-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 2011 graduated from high school in 2015. In comparison, the 2015 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, over 247,000 students have applied.
Note: Foster youth in grades 7–12 (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).
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This data set includes students enrolled in Washington public schools. It does not include students who are homeschooled or attending private school.
The reconciled sign-up rate is a retrospective measure calculated after the start of the cohort's 9th grade year. The initial sign-up rate is a preliminary benchmark to track sign-up progress. See data definitions below the chart.
In some cases, the initial or reconciled rate is higher than 100 percent. Since the initial rate is a preliminary measure, student mobility and changes in FRPL* eligibility can cause this rate to exceed 100 percent. The reconciled rate could also be higher than 100 percent. This can happen when students who do not receive FRPL, but who are otherwise eligible, sign up for the scholarship.
To maximize the CBS sign-up rate, districts should use the WSAC online portal, middle school toolbox, and upload process. Find more information and resources for counselors on Ready Set Grad.
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- Reconciled Applications: The number of students with complete applications who were attending a specific school at the end of their 8th-grade year. This school may be different from the one that they were attending when they originally applied for the College Bound Scholarship.
- Reconciled Eligible: Number of students who became eligible for FRPL anytime during the 7th or 8th grade.
- Reconciled Rate: Calculated using the number of reconciled complete applications divided by the number of reconciled eligible students.
- Initial Applications: The number of applications completed based on initial school of record when application was submitted.
- Initial Eligible: The number of FRPL-eligible students based on data schools submit to OSPI in the fall of the cohort’s 7th-grade year.
- Initial Rate: Calculated using the number of complete applications divided by the number of initial eligible students.
- Uploads: The process of uploading eligible College Bound Scholarship students using the WSAC secure portal and creating an application for individual students.