Financial Aid Overview

Affordability

Washington Opportunity Pathways LogoState Financial Aid Programs: Washington Opportunity Pathways

The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the majority of the state’s student financial aid programs, which are known collectively as Opportunity Pathways. These programs help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates, and degrees.

 

Public Purpose

Program

2015-16

 Anticipated Expenditures

Estimated Recipients

Need-Based/
Access

State Need Grant

Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 70% of median family income.

$296 million

71,000

College Bound Scholarship

Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 65% of median family income.

$31 million

15,000

State Work Study

Part-time employment opportunities for low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students. Funds include about $5 million in employer contributions.

$12.5 million

4,500

Passport to College Program for Foster Youth

Scholarships and support services for eligible former foster youth.

$1.3 million

400

Merit

American Indian Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships for needy undergraduate students with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian community.

$14,800

13

 

 

 

Targeted Workforce

Health Professional Loan Repayment & Scholarship Programs

Loan repayment assistance for health professionals serving in critical shortage areas.

 

 

Federal/State Loan Repayment Program (FSLRP)

Federal/State match funds.

$1.05 million 18

Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

State-only funds. Funds obligated in 2015-16 and disbursed in 2016-17.

$4.69 million 50

John R. Justice Loan Repayment

Loan repayment for public defenders and prosecutors.

$36,049

14

Aerospace Loan Program

Loan program for certificate training program.

$480,000

100

Alternative Routes to Teaching

Supports prospective and current teachers to obtain shortage-area endorsements.

$1.4 million

230