Rules and WACs

Council Rule-Making and WACs

The Washington State Legislature is responsible for making laws, formally known as the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). The laws often require agencies to do something new or to change the way something is done. Agencies then develop processes and procedures for putting those laws into action. These processes and procedures are known as rules and are codified in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

At the Washington Student Achievement Council, most WACs focus on financial aid program management or authorization of institutions and degree programs.

The Council is in the process of updating the WACs of its predecessor agency, the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB), to reflect the agency changeover. Until this process is complete, existing HECB rules are considered current and complete for your reference.

This page provided in accordance with the requirements of RCW 34.05.270.

Current Council Rule-Making Activity:

The Washington Student Achievement Council intends to conduct a public hearing concerning proposed revisions to the Degree-Granting Institutions Act regulations. The revisions include 1) showing the appropriate agency name; and 2) formalizing participation in a national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 10:00 am until noon at the Council’s office, located at 917 Lakeridge Way SW, Olympia, Washington, 98502. 

Written comments will be accepted at until May 28, 2014. Assistance for persons with disabilities can be made by contacting To ensure adequate space for all attendees, please contact if you plan to attend.

More information on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative can be found at: