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NEWS: THE UNIQUE WASHINGTON COLLEGE GRANT

It's Never too Late to Apply for the Washington College Grant


March 5, 2020

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. 

The Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant) makes education and training beyond high school affordable. More families are eligible, and more programs and types of credentials are included.

The Financial Aid Application is a Critical First Step

Applying for financial aid is a critical first step toward an affordable degree or credential. This is especially true for students from low- and middle-income families. If students don't apply for financial aid, they can't get scholarships, grants, or loans from their colleges or from state and federal financial aid programs. There is no separate application for the Washington College Grant. Students should complete a federal or state financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA), which colleges will use to determine eligibility and make awards. 

Measuring Washington's Financial Aid Application Progress

To track statewide financial aid application completions, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) hosts a FAFSA Completion Dashboard. Updated weekly, the dashboard provides public-facing, aggregate district- and state-level comparison data for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). WSAC provides resources and support to K-12 leaders hoping to increase financial aid applications in their schools and districts

Learn More 

Students and families can learn more about the Washington College Grant and apply for financial aid on the Washington Student Achievement Council website, or talk to the financial aid office at the school they plan to attend.

About the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)

The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.