Washington launches consumer protection resource for college, vocational students
Olympia—Washington has a new way for postsecondary students to file consumer protection complaints. Consumer complaints cover a variety of topics. Some of these include false or misleading advertising, failure to follow the school’s own published policies, and violations of state requirements. The state's new online portal is for students attending any college or vocational school in Washington, as well as student loan borrowers. Keep reading.
GEAR UP West Professional of the Year awarded to WSAC's Beth Kelly
Olympia—At its annual conference on October 22, GEAR UP West presented Beth Kelly of the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) with its Professional of the Year Award for 2019. As Assistant Director for Washington State GEAR UP, Kelly works with 26 high-poverty schools to prepare over 5,500 students for education and careers after high school. Keep reading.
Council welcomes Jeff Vincent, new member and chair
Olympia—On October 16, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) welcomed a new member, Jeff Vincent, and elected him as chair. Governor Inslee appointed Vincent to fill a citizen-member position vacated by the last chair, Maud Daudon. Keep reading.
Meotti on Inside Olympia: Support those facing the most barriers to access a valuable education
Olympia—On October 10, Austin Jenkins interviewed Executive Director Michael Meotti on Inside Olympia. They covered some of the top issues in postsecondary education and focused on opportunities and challenges specific to Washington. Key among these is the state's game-changing investment in residents' lifelong learning. Keep reading.
How do we leverage Washington College Grant to raise awareness, enrollment, completion?
Olympia—The Washington College Grant has changed the state’s postsecondary education landscape. On October 16, council members will consider how this new environment affords new opportunities to raise educational attainment. Keep reading.
Apply for financial aid to access Washington College Grant and other state, federal aid
Olympia—October 1 marks the first day students can apply for financial aid to go to college in the 2020-21 school year. Next school year is also when the Washington College Grant will be fully funded. The grant will give more money to more students for more kinds of education and training after high school. Keep reading.
Council to discuss legislative proposals that increase postsecondary enrollment
Olympia—On September 13, Council members will discuss the following budget proposals for the 2020 Legislative Session:
- State Work Study: Near-Peer Mentoring Pilot Project
- Microgrants: Returning Adult Pre-Enrollment Financial Support Pilot
Central Washington University's Payton Swinford appointed to Student Achievement Council
Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) welcomes Payton Swinford to serve a one-year appointment as the student member. Swinford, a graduate of Olympic College, is a senior at Central Washington University. Keep reading.
Executive director to share new Washington College Grant with national research community
Olympia—MDRC, a national non-profit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization, is highlighting the Washington College Grant in a July 31 webinar on college promise financial sustainability. Keep reading.
State denies South University's application to offer field placements in Washington
Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has denied South University’s application to offer distance-education requiring field placements in state. WSAC’s denial also prevents the school from specifically targeting Washington residents for recruitment and advertising. Keep reading.
Council to focus on increasing access to postsecondary education in North Central region
Olympia—Local leaders from K-12, postsecondary education, and the public health sector will guide discussion at the Washington Student Achievement Council’s (WSAC) meeting in Quincy on July 10. The council will focus on dual enrollment and ways to improve education access through partnerships with local community networks. Keep reading.
National GEAR UP Professional of the Year awarded to Washington’s Marcie Sample
Olympia—The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) has recognized Washington Student Achievement Council’s (WSAC) Marcie Sample as the 2019 Professional of the Year. NCCEP lauded Sample’s 12 years of service in a statement, saying, “Marcie has positively impacted the lives of over 20,000 low-income, under-served, and first-generation students.” Keep reading.
Update: 2019 Legislative Session Overview
An overview of the Legislature's investments to increase educational attainment in Washington. Keep reading.
12th Year Campaign pays off in higher financial aid completion rates at participating sites
Olympia—High school seniors in the class of 2020 won’t want to miss out on Washington’s generous state financial aid programs. The Washington College Grant is the newest of these, and it will be fully funded starting fall quarter of 2020. However, many students will miss this opportunity if they don’t complete a financial aid application. Keep reading.
State denies Ashford University's application to recruit, advertise in Washington
Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has denied Ashford University’s application to continue advertising and recruiting in state. The school’s courses and degree programs are entirely online. WSAC made this decision after reviewing Ashford’s most recent application for re-authorization. Keep reading.
Historic investment in Washington College Grant opens doors to college and career education
Olympia—Washington’s new two-year budget makes a historic commitment to educational opportunity for Washington residents. Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, the Washington College Grant will be a guarantee for eligible state residents at or below median family income, which is currently $91,766 for a family of four. Keep reading.
Council to discuss strategic framework in pursuit of increased educational attainment
Olympia—The Apr. 17 Council meeting will feature a discussion on the Council’s proposed strategic framework to increase educational attainment. Four strategic clusters define the current framework: affordability, student support, enrollment (including K-12 and adult), and completion (including dual credit). Keep reading.
College Promise Scholarship moving forward in the Legislature, funding questions remain
Olympia—Last weekend, the Washington State Senate passed a bill off the floor to establish a statewide free college program (SB 5393). The bill refashions State Need Grant into the Washington College Promise Scholarship and makes the program an entitlement for the lowest-income students. Keep reading.
Washington Student Achievement Council executive director testifies in U.S. Senate
Olympia—Michael P. Meotti, executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions this morning. The committee hearing was on improving access to financial aid. Keep reading.
Location change for Art Institute of Seattle student information fairs
Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has changed the location of the two information fairs for students at the Art Institute of Seattle (AI Seattle). The fairs will now take place at The Edgewater Hotel, one block away from the AI Seattle campus. Keep reading.
Art Institute of Seattle to close Friday March 8
Olympia—This afternoon, the Art Institute of Seattle (AI Seattle) informed the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) that it will close abruptly—two weeks before the end of the winter quarter—on Friday March 8. Keep reading.
Art Institute of Seattle students can learn about academic, financial options at info fairs
Olympia—The Art Institute of Seattle (AI Seattle) is at risk of closure. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the school may run out of funds to continue operations. There are two options for AI Seattle at this point. A buyer could acquire AI Seattle and continue operations, or the school could close. Keep reading.
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.
- Council will discuss opportunities to increase educational attainment statewide
- Get help applying for financial aid at a College Goal Washington event near you
- Office Hours: Regional highlight—Seattle's comprehensive support plan
- Council brings local leaders together to improve student access and support
- Council to finalize budget priorities for the 2019-21 biennium
- Council will review budget and legislative priorities for 2019-21 biennium
- Council work session to develop Strategic Action Plan for 2019-21 Biennium
- Council working with Greater Spokane, Inc. to meet regional needs
- College Bound Scholarship's newest cohort of students over 30,000 strong
- Council releases interactive data dashboard of progress toward attainment goals
- Council will discuss policy priorities for 2018 - November 29
- Council will hear findings of regional workforce needs assessment - October 5
- Apply for financial aid and get help at a local College Goal Washington event - October 3
- Washington state awarded $56.7 million to help students GEAR UP for college - October 2
- Council to discuss budget priorities for increasing educational attainment - September 6
- Joint Statement on DACA - September 5
- Washington Student Achievement Council welcomes new members - August 3
- Washington Student Achievement Council to enter contract negotiations with vendor for 529 college savings plan - June 26
- Council meeting to focus on Southwest Washington economy, Workforce needs - June 8
- Community representatives will present to the council and discuss attainment goals - April 13
- College bound scholarship investment pays off in high school graduation, college enrollment - Feburary 22
- Greater Spokane Incorporated will present to council on initiative to help adults finish degree - February 1
- Michael P. Meotti appointed executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council - December 21, 2016
- Council statement on Governor Inslee's budget - December 15, 2016
- Council to review Governor's budget on Friday conference call - December 15, 2016
- Council to discuss 2017 legislative priorities at November meeting - November 2, 2016
- Council to discuss statewide policy priorities at October meeting - October 5, 2016
- Washington Student Achievement Council issues 529 college savings plan RFP - October 5, 2016
- Apply for financial aid starting Oct. 1, get help at local College Goal Washington events - September 28, 2016
- ITT Tech's Washington campuses no longer eligible for state financial aid programs - August 29, 2016
- Council to discuss dual credit at September meeting - August 26, 2016
- Council to discuss education partners' priorities for 2017 Legislative Session - August 9, 2016
- Council committees to discuss strategic action plan initiatives - June 28, 2016
- Central Washington University student Jessica Murillo-Rosales joins Washington Student Achievement Council - June 16, 2016
- Council to continue discussions on executive director search - June 6, 2016
- Dr. Rachelle Sharpe appointed acting executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council - May 27, 2016
- Council to discuss strategies for increasing educational attainment - May 26, 2016
- College Bound high school grad rate 13 points higher than low-income student rate - April 14, 2016
- Council will hear from Tacoma Public Schools and the Road Map Project - April 6, 2016
- Executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council to retire - April 4, 2016
- Council to receive annual update on state financial aid programs - February 4, 2016
- Apply early for financial aid, get help at 120 College Goal Washington statewide events - January 12, 2016
- Marginal improvement signals urgent need to increase educational attainment - December 16, 2015
- Council will vote on adoption of 2015 Roadmap Report - December 3, 2015
- Council will review progress toward attainment goals and convene symposium on affordability - November 12, 2015
- College Bound Scholarship sign-up rate continues to break records at 91 percent - October 26, 2015
- Council to review educational attainment progress data and weigh in on analysis - October 8, 2015
- Bellevue College student Eric Pattison joins Washington Student Achievement Council - October 7, 2015
- Council to review factors affecting high school graduation and postsecondary success - August 7, 2015
- Education partners discuss roles in reaching attainment goals - June 11, 2015
- Governor Inslee signs bill to expand student access to dual-credit opportunities - May 11, 2015
- Exemplary High School Seniors Recognized with Washington Scholars Award - April 21, 2015
- Council begins review of minimum college admission standards - April 3, 2015
- College Bound high school grad rate over 10 points higher than low-income student rate - February 26, 2015
- Council engages partners in panel discussion on increasing educational attainment - February 5, 2015
- Now is the time for prospective students—including DREAMers—to apply for financial aid - January 14, 2015
- Council recommendations focus on postsecondary access, opportunity, and affordability - December 4, 2014
- College Goal Washington at 60 sites, helping Washingtonians apply for financial aid - December 2, 2014
- Adoption of 2014 Strategic Action Plan drives November council meeting agenda - November 14, 2014
- College Bound Scholarship cohort largest ever - October 6, 2014
- Council welcomes new member, recognizes achievements of outgoing K-12 representative - October 3, 2014
- Council to decide on agency-request legislation and approve 2014 Strategic Action Plan - October 2, 2014
- Council continues development of 2014 Strategic Action Plan - September 4, 2014
- Budget priorities and 2014 Strategic Action Plan drive discussion at council's August meeting - August 13, 2014
- Everest College-Renton notified of suspension from state financial aid programs - July 11, 2014
- Budget outlook and first generation students considered in Roadmap implementation - June 18, 2014
- Promise, support, and reward are keys to College Bound Scholarship students' success - May 13, 2014
- Roadmap implementation and increasing access to postsecondary education on Council's agenda - April 18, 2014
- ReadySetGrad.org nominated for "Best Education Website" in the 18th Annual Webby Awards - April 18, 2014
- High school seniors receive Washington's highest academic honor - April 15, 2014
- Governor Inslee Signs Bill Endorsing Roadmap Education Goals for 2023 - April 3, 2014
- Calling all "dreamers" - application for state financial aid now available - March 31, 2014
- Council Begins Roadmap Implementation - January 30, 2014
- Washington Student Achievement Council Continues Work to Increase Attainment
- Washington Student Achievement Council Welcomes New Student Member
- The Washington Student Achievement Council Selects New Officers
- The Washington Student Achievement Council Sets Sights on Increased Access to Higher Education
- Washington Student Achievement Council Continues Focus on Improving Education Outcomes for Washington Students
- Governor to Address Student Achievement Council at May 23 Meeting
- Student Achievement Council to Meet March 26 at St. Martin’s in Lacey
- High School Graduation Rates Soar for Students Enrolled in Washington College Bound Scholarship Program
- Student Achievement Council to hold Jan. 23 meeting in Des Moines