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2020

WA student loan advocate weighs in on federal COVID-19 changes for borrowers

March 26 | Olympia—Washington’s student loan advocate has guidance to help borrowers navigate federal changes related to COVID-19. This guidance is likely to change as a result of the federal response to this rapidly evolving situation. Keep reading

It's never too late to apply for the Washington College Grant

March 5 | Olympia—The Washington College Grant is unique in that eligible students are guaranteed funding, regardless of when they apply. With the Washington College Grant, it's never too late for students to get help paying for their education.  Keep reading

National coalition of student loan ombudspersons urge automatic discharge for totally, permanently disabled civilian borrowers

March 3 | Olympia—Student loan ombudspersons from 7 states and Washington, D.C. call on U.S. Department of Education to grant the same automatic relief to totally and permanently disabled civilian borrowers as it is granting to veterans. Keep reading

New Report: Modest increase in state's educational attainment, critical populations still underserved in postsecondary  

February 5 | Olympia—The 2019 update to the Roadmap Report shows modest Increases in the rates of both high school and postsecondary educational attainment. However, critical populations are still underserved and underrepresented in high school attainment and postsecondary enrollment. Keep reading

WSAC launches FAFSA completion dashboard

January 28 | OlympiaThere’s a great new way to pay for college in our state—the Washington College Grant. It gives more money to more people for more kinds of education. Now, the Washington Student Achievement Council has unveiled a new data dashboard to help schools and communities track how many students are applying for financial aid. Keep reading

Council will discuss opportunities to improve equity in dual credit

January 23 | Olympia—High school students are more likely to enroll and succeed in college if they have taken rigorous dual credit courses. In 2015, Washington seniors who participated in at least one dual credit program were twice as likely to enroll in postsecondary education the fall after graduation. But stark racial and income disparities persist. Keep reading

Statewide rate of students signing up for College Bound Scholarship increases to 72 percent

January 22 | Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has recognized schools and districts that signed up more than 72 percent of last year's eligible 8th grade students for the College Bound Scholarship. Over 230 middle schools and almost 100 school districts exceeded the statewide sign-up rate of 72 percent—a 2 percentage point increase over last year’s state sign-up rate—and will receive Gold Star Awards for their efforts. Keep reading

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