College Bound

If you are a student, parent, or educator looking for College Bound Scholarship eligibility information, applications, or other resources, please visit the College Bound page on our agency's consumer information site, readysetgrad.org.

Established by the Legislature in 2007, the College Bound Scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to low-income students who want to achieve the dream of a college education. 

The scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible for the free and reduced price lunch (FRPL) program, are in foster care, or whose family's income meets the guidelines. The deadline to sign up is June 30 of students' 8th grade year.

The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state funding. The scholarship covers the average tuition (at comparable colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.

Foster youth in 7th to 12th grade, 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).

The first two cohorts, the Classes of 2012 and 2013, have graduated from high school and are attending college. Since the program’s inception, more than 150,000 students have applied for the program.

College Bound is one of only several state early commitment financial aid programs in the country. This early promise of financial aid is intended to alleviate the financial barriers that prevent low-income students from considering higher education as a possibility.