Washington missed out on $50 million in federal student financial aid

Olympia—In 2017, Washington left over $50 million in federal student financial aid on the table. We can trace these unused resources back to low rates of students applying for financial aid. Only 54 percent of seniors in the graduating class of 2017 completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Keep reading

Washington State GEAR UP closes opportunity gaps for HS graduation, college enrollment

Olympia—According to a new report, students in Washington State GEAR UP are surpassing state averages for high school graduation and college enrollment. Most of the students served by the program are from low-income households, so Washington State GEAR UP is proving effective at closing opportunity gaps. Keep reading.

Student loan borrowers have an advocate at the Washington Student Achievement Council

Olympia—Student loan borrowers can face daunting amounts of debt, and they often aren’t aware of the repayment options available to them. In Washington State alone, over 750,000 people have a combined total of more than $24.6 billion in student debt. Now, they have a new resource in the Washington Student Achievement Council’s (WSAC) Student Loan Advocate. Keep reading

Council to discuss strategies to increase educational attainment 

Olympia—Halfway through the ten year 2013 Roadmap to increase educational attainment, the Washington Student Achievement Council will meet on January 30 to review progress over the past five years and discuss new strategies to expand educational success to more Washington residents. Keep reading

Governor recognizes highest number of schools, districts for College Bound sign-up rates

Olympia—Governor Inslee has recognized 287 schools and 123 school districts for signing up more than 70 percent of their students who were eligible for the College Bound Scholarship. Schools who exceeded the state sign-up rate of 70 percent will receive Gold Star Awards. Keep reading. 

Art Institute of Seattle designated as at-risk of closure

Olympia—On January 10, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) designated the Art Institute (AI) of Seattle as at-risk of closure. AI Seattle’s parent company is Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH). Keep reading.