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College Bound

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The College Bound Scholarship

The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who enroll in middle school and meet the pledge requirements. The College Bound Scholarship covers average tuition at public college rates, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 colleges, universities, and technical schools in Washington. This page contains information for students, families, counselors, and anyone interested in the College Bound Scholarship.

Information for Students and Families

We've gathered the most important information about the College Bound Scholarship to share with our students and families in Washington State. View the tabs below to find out about applying, eligibility, the College Bound pledge, and more.

FAQs for Students

Frequently Asked Questions
  • If you have questions, we have answers! We've compiled all of our most frequently asked questions into a single document for your use. This is especially useful for high school students getting ready to use the College Bound Scholarship.
    • Featured FAQ: Do I need to create a login for the College Bound Portal in order to apply to College Bound? 

      No. Students and their families are not required to create a login in the College Bound Portal. Eligible students are automatically enrolled in College Bound.

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Auto-enrollment 

Students who meet one of the following requirements are automatically enrolled in College Bound:

  • Students who are in public school and eligible for free-and-reduced price lunch in 7th, 8th, or newly eligible in 9th grade.
  • Students who are in state foster care, or a dependent of the state between 7th grade and high school graduation.
Other ways to qualify

Some students do not fit into either scenario but are interested in applying for College Bound. Students and families can contact the College Bound program to apply if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Attend a private school or homeschool program in Washington State and meet the income requirements.
  • Are in another type of foster care and not eligible for free-and-reduced price lunch.
2021-22 USDA Income Chart
 Household size  Annual Income Monthly Income  Weekly Income 
 2  $32,227  $2,686  $620
 3  $40,626  $3,386  $782
 4  $49,025  $4,086  $943
 5  $57,424  $4,786  $1,105
 6  $65,823  $5,486  $1,266
Each additional household member add  $8,399  $700  $162

The Pledge

What is the College Bound Pledge?

As a part of the College Bound Scholarship sign-up process, students pledge to do the following:

  • Graduate from a Washington State high school or approved home school program with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) beginning their senior year.

Using the Scholarship

How will students get the scholarship?

Use this flyer (PDF) to learn more about how to use the College Bound Scholarship

To earn the College Bound Scholarship, students must do the following:

  • Fulfill the scholarship pledge requirements and meet state residency requirements.
  • Complete a financial aid application in their senior year of high school and each year they are in college and be determined as income-eligible (see table below).
  • Be accepted to and attend an eligible college.
  • Be in good standing at their college. This could be GPA or student code of conduct and is specific to each school.
Where can students use College Bound?
  • Students can use College Bound at over 65 schools across Washington.
Who is income-eligible to receive the College Bound Scholarship in college?
  • In order to access College Bound, a family’s income must be at or below the amount in the chart for their household size.
  • This chart changes each year. It is important that students apply for financial aid every year they plan to attend college. Students must also meet the CBS Pledge requirements.
2021-22 Income Chart
 Household size Annual Income  
 1  $34,500
 2  $45,000
 3  $55,500
 4  $66,000
 5  $76,500
 6  $87,500
 7  $89,500
 8  $91,500

 

Tools and Resources

Accessing the Scholarship
  • This handout provides an overview of the steps needed to receive the scholarship. Available in English and Spanish.
Financial Aid Calculator
  • This tool estimates what Washington College Grant and Pell Grant financial aid might look like for a student.
Otterbot Texting Service
  • Otterbot is a free texting service that can help College Bound seniors with the financial aid process. Otter sends reminders and can answer questions about financial aid 24/7!

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Information for Middle School Counselors and Staff

The College Bound Scholarship program provides ample resources and guidance for counselors and practitioners working with College Bound Students. In addition to the resources on this page, school and non-profit organization staff can order free promotional materials to assist students and their families.

College Bound Online Portal for Staff

College Bound Online Portal for Staff

College Bound has an online portal called the Toolbox. The Toolbox allows school staff to track College Bound applications, update student information, and see which students have completed the FAFSA (high school access). Email us with your name, title, school, district and office phone number to request access to the secure portal.

Toolbox 
  • Log into the Portal, then select: Programs > College Bound > Toolbox.
  • College Bound Toolbox tour and overview video.

MS Resources

Order College Bound materials and swag

Order free promotional College Bound items.

Middle School Intro Flyers
Student and Family CBS Presentation 
  • Use this presentation for student and family presentations. Available in English and Spanish

Completion Rate Calculator

Completion Rate Calculator
  • This handout helps school staff learn how to determine their school’s College Bound sign-up completion rate.

FAQs for Counselors

CBS Counselor Frequently Asked Questions
  • Find answers to our most frequently asked questions in our FAQ’s.

Information for High School Counselors and Staff

School and non-profit organization staff can use the tools and resources below to inform students and their families about how to maintain eligibility, meet program requirements, and access the scholarship. Many resources are available in multiple languages.

College Bound Online Portal for Staff

College Bound Online Portal for Staff

College Bound has an online portal called the Toolbox. The Toolbox allows school staff to track College Bound applications, update student information, and see which students have completed the FAFSA (high school access). Email us with your name, title, school, district and office phone number to request access to the secure portal.

Toolbox
  • Log in to the Portal, then select Programs > College Bound > Toolbox. 

  • College Bound Toolbox tour and overview video.

HS Resources

Order College Bound materials and swag

Order free promotional College Bound items.

High School Intro Flyer
  • This one-page printable PDF walks high school students and families through the scholarship basics. Available in English and Spanish
Accessing the Scholarship
  • This handout outlines the student, school and College Bound program roles and responsibilities. Available in English and Spanish.
College Bound Myths
Why College Bound?
  • This handout explains how College Bound works with the Washington College Grant. Available in English.
Student and Family CBS Presentation 
  • Use this presentation for student and family presentations. Available in English and Spanish.
High School Re-Pledge Certificate
  • Use this certificate for High School students to re-pledge their College Bound scholarship. Available in English
Washington College Grant
Financial Aid Toolkit

Web Resources

Web: 12th Year Campaign
  • The 12th Year Campaign boosts college and financial aid application rates in Washington by helping those working with high school seniors and their families complete applications for college admissions and financial aid. Visit the website for more information.
Plan Your Future
  • Find more information and resources on our Plan Your Future page to support students planning for life after high school.

FAQs for Counselors

CBS Counselor Frequently Asked Questions
  • Find answers to our most frequently asked questions in our FAQ’s.

Partnerships, Legislative Statutes, and Reports

Legislative Foundation

RCW 28B.118 
The College Bound Scholarship is designed to inspire and encourage Washington middle school students from low-income families to prepare for and pursue postsecondary education. The early commitment of state funding for tuition is intended to alleviate the financial barriers preventing students from considering college as a possibility.

WAC 250-84
Outlines the program parameters, including student identification, eligibility, scholarship award amounts, and the roles of the Agency and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Partner Support and Resources

Partner Support and Resources

The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) is the college access arm of the College Success Foundation, with the mission to increase postsecondary enrollment for all Washington State students particularly among students experiencing poverty, first-generation college-going students, and students of color. WCAN is a key partner in supporting College Bound outreach and regional support. The team assists in College Bound training, financial aid completion support, and college access efforts across the state. Visit their website to find regional contacts.

College Knowledge

This workbook walks students through how to plan and prepare for college. It is outlined by grade and subject area and available in multiple languages. Visit WCAN’s website to download these materials or the 12th Year Campaign site to order hard copies. 

Repledge Campaign

The Repledge Campaign is an event that schools may host for high school College Bound students to remind them of the College Bound Pledge. School staff should contact their WCAN College Bound Regional Officer for more information. Download Repledge Certificate Handout.

Program Brief

See the College Bound Program Brief for information about funding, partnerships, and student success. 

College Bound Report

College Bound Report (pending)

Statewide Map

In the Statewide College Bound Scholarship Sign-Up Map, users can view and sort College Bound sign-up rates. Rates can be viewed by region, Educational Service District (ESD), county, gold star awards, and school district. Gold Star districts and schools are those that had completion rates higher than the state rate and are indicated with gold stars on the map. 

For more information, please email collegebound@wsac.wa.gov