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Council begins review of minimum college admission standards - April 3, 2015

Olympia—On Apr. 8, the Washington Student Achievement Council will discuss the anticipated review of minimum college admission standards for public baccalaureate institutions. The Council periodically reviews these standards to ensure alignment between K-12 and higher education. The Council and WSAC staff will meet with education partners this spring to gather input. Keep reading

College Bound high school grad rate over 10 points higher than low-income student rate - February 26, 2015

Olympia—Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their 8th 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. Keep reading.

Council engages partners in panel discussion on increasing educational attainment - February 5, 2015

Olympia—On Feb. 11, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hold a panel discussion with the State Board of Education, the Professional Education Standards Board, and the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Keep reading

Now is the time for prospective studentsincluding DREAMersto apply for financial aid - January 14, 2015

Olympia—Filing an application for financial aid is an important step in the college application process. In order to be considered for grants, loans, work-study, and certain scholarships in 2015-16, prospective and continuing college students will need to file a financial aid application. Keep reading



Council recommendations focus on postsecondary access, opportunity, and affordability - December 4, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has delivered the 2014 Strategic Action Plan to the Legislature and Governor. Keep reading

College Goal Washington at 60 sites, helping Washingtonians apply for financial aid - December 2, 2014

Olympia—Between January and February 2015, financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be available at 60 sites throughout the state, helping people apply for financial aid to continue their education. Keep reading

Adoption of 2014 Strategic Action Plan drives November council meeting agenda - November 14, 2014

Olympia—On Nov. 19, the Washington Student Achievement Council will consider adopting the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading

College Bound Scholarship cohort largest ever - October 6, 2014

Olympia—Over 32,000 eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program by the June 30 deadline. The graduating class of 2018 includes the largest CBS cohort since students began signing up for the scholarship in 2007, even though the number of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch dropped slightly from last year. Keep reading. View infographic.

Council welcomes new member, recognizes achievements of outgoing K-12 representative - October 3, 2014

Olympia—Randy Dorn has appointed Dr. Gil Mendoza as the new K-12 sector representative on the Washington Student Achievement Counil. "I've known Gil for a long time," Dorn said, "and his commitment to the students of this state has never wavered. He'll be a valuable member of the Council." Keep reading.

Council to decide on agency-request legislation and approve 2014 Strategic Action Plan - October 2, 2014

Olympia—On Oct. 8, the Washington Student Achievement Council will decide whether to transmit agency-request legislation on dual credit as it moves toward finalizing the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

Council continues development of 2014 Strategic Action Plan - September 4, 2014

Olympia—On Sept. 9, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hold a meeting to further consider policy and fiscal recommendations for the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

Budget priorities and 2014 Strategic Action Plan drive discussion at council's August meeting - August 13, 2014

Olympia—During the council’s retreat on Wednesday, Aug. 20, members will review budget priorities from their sector partners, including the Council of Presidents, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Independent Colleges of Washington. Keep reading.

Everest College-Renton notified of suspension from state financial aid programs - July 11, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has formally notified Everest College-Renton, owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., of their suspended eligibility to recieve state financial aid dollars for the 201-15 academic year. Keep reading.

Budget outlook and first generation students considered in Roadmap implementation - June 18, 2014

Olympia—On June 23, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hear presentations from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Keep reading.

Promise, support, and reward are keys to College Bound Scholarship students' success - May 13, 2014

Olympia—The data are in for last year's high school graduation rates, and it's more good news for the College Bound Scholarship program. About 76 percent of CBS students graduated in the class of 2013. Keep reading

Roadmap implementation and increasing access to postsecondary education on Council's agenda - April 18, 2014

Olympia—On April 24, the Washington Student Achievement Council will meet to discuss how recent efforts to increase access to postsecondary education may be incorporated into implementation of the Roadmap. Keep reading nominated for "Best Education Website" in the 18th Annual Webby Awards - April 18, 2014

Olympia— - Washington State's comprehensive career and college readiness website for 6th grade through continuing education students, their families, and educators - is nominated for the "Best Education Website" Webby Award. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Keep reading

High school seniors receive Washington's highest academic honor - April 15, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Prinicipals (AWSP) announced the names of 196 high school seniors recognized as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates for their outstanding accomplishments. The Washington Scholars recognition award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington and is awarded to sutdents who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of our state. Keep reading

Governor Inslee Signs Bill Endorsing Roadmap Education Goals for 2023 - April 3, 2014

Olympia—Washington is one important step closer to increasing educational attainment for students and workers. Today, Governor Inslee signed ESHB 2626, which acknowledges and endorses the planning targets proposed by the Washington Student Achievement Council in its Ten-Year Roadmap Report. Keep reading

Calling all "dreamers" - application for state financial aid now available - March 31, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA, is now available for undocumented students to apply for State Need Grant funds. The application can be accessed at, and students should submit it as soon as possible. Keep reading

Council Begins Roadmap Implementation - January 30, 2014

Olympia—On February 3, the Council will receive its first update on implementation of Roadmap recommendations. The 2013 Roadmap Report, a plan to increase educational attainment in Washington, was submitted to the Legislature and Governor in December 2013. The report set two statewide attainment goals and recommended 12 strategies to achieve these goals by 2023. Keep reading