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Below are reports produced by the Washington Student Achievement Council since its inception on July 1, 2012. Reports and publications produced by its predecessor agency, the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB), can be found in our archives.

Financial Aid & Affordability

Financial Aid & Affordability:

Access, Affordability, Achievement: Annual Report on State Financial Aid Programs (2012
Aerospace Training Student Loan Program Report (2019)
Aim Higher Washington - Legislative Report (2020)
Affordability Framework (2016)
College Bound Scholarship (2018) (2017)
College Bound Senior Counts and FAFSA Completion (2019)
Educator Workforce Report (2020)
Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) SB  5954 Legislative Report (2016)
Higher Education Loan Program Report (2012)
Issue Brief: Increasing financial aid applications pays off in student success (2019)
Passport to College Promise: Program Update (2017)
State Need Grant Legislative Report (2014
State Need Grant Policy Review (2012)
State Need Grant Survey: Final Report (2014)
State Need Grant Less-Than-Half-Time Pilot Project Report (2013)
Student Financial Aid and Access Programs Annual Report: 2011-12 and 2012-13 (2013)
Student Loan Advocate - Legislative Report (2021)
Student Teaching Grant (2017)
Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant (2018)

Financial Aid Programs Expenditure Reports:

Policy & Research

Diversity & Equity

The Digital Divide: Examining High-Speed Internet and Computer Access for Washington Students (2021)
What Evidence from Research Tells Us: Closing Racial Equity Gaps in K-12 Postsecondary Transitions - Research Spotlight (2021)
Equity Landscape: Exploring Equity Gaps in Washington Postsecondary Education (2020 Snapshot & Report)
What Evidence From Research Tells Us: Closing Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Access and Completion (2020)
College Bound Scholarship Postsecondary Enrollment (2017)
Access and Diversity in the Running Start Program (2014)
Collaborative Efforts to Improve Access to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (2013)
Educational Attainment for All: Diversity and Equity in Washington State Higher Education (2013)


Understanding Postsecondary Enrollment Trends in Washington and How the COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Impact Students’ Postsecondary Opportunities (2021)
Facing Learning Disruption: Examining the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on K-12 Students (2021)
Fall Enrollment Report: Exploring The Impact of COVID-19 on Postsecondary Enrollment in Washington (2021)
What Evidence From Research Tells us: Addressing Mental Health Needs for Postsecondary Students (2020)
COVID-19 Reskilling and Upskilling (2020 Report Snapshot I Report)
COVID 19 Reskilling and Upskilling Regional Highlights:

Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to The COVID-19 Crisis (2020 Executive Summary & Report)
Maintaining Investment in Higher Education During a Time of Crisis (2020)

Dual Credit

Increasing Equitable Access, Participation, and Success for Students in Dual Credit Legislative Report from the Dual Credit Task Force (2021)
Dual Credit Report (2016)
Advanced Placement and College Credit: Policy Brief (2014)
Credit-by-Exam Acceptance Policies (2014)

Prior Learning Assessment

Academic Credit for Prior Learning (2018)
Prior Learning Assessment: Workgroup Progress Report (2019) (2017) (2016) (2015) (2013) (2012)

System Design & Funding

Exploring the Computer-Related Workforce of Washington State (2020)
A Skilled and Educated Workforce (2019) (2017) (2015) (2013)
Educator Field Placement in Rural Areas (2019)
For-Profit Degree-Granting Institutions and Private Vocational Schools In Washington - Phase II Report (2017)
Regional Educational Needs Assessment (2017)
Situation Assessment of the Regulation of For-Profit and Private Vocational Schools in Washington (2016)
Southeast King County Higher Education Needs Assessment and Operating Plan Report (2016)


Transfer Report: A Review of Improvement in Transfer (2021(2019(2017) (2015) (2013) (2011)

Tuition & Fees

National Tuition and Fee Report (2014) (2013)

College Affordability

FAFSA Completion by High School Students (2019)


What Evidence from Research Tells Us: Family Engagement in College Pathways Decisions - Research Spotlight (2022)
Otterbot Brief (2022)
Washington State Encyclopedia of Education Data (2021)
Improving Postsecondary Access: Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation Challenge Program (2021)
Data Profile: FAFSA/WASFA and WCG Receipt (2021)
Postsecondary Program Participation and Completion Patterns Among Individuals Incarcerated in Washington State Prisons (2021) - Developed for WSAC by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with the Dept. of Corrections and State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

From the Frontline: Principals' Views on Engaging Students About the Benefits of Acquiring Postsecondary Education and Training Using Financial Aid (2019)
GED Test Changes and Attainment (2016)
College Readiness (2016)
Reciprocity Report (2015)
Key Facts About Higher Education in Washington (2012)


Roadmap & Strategic Planning

Strategic Action Plans

Strategic Action Plan (2021) (2019) (2017) (2015) (2012)

Roadmap Updates and Supporting Briefs

Roadmap Progress Report (2019) (2017) (2015
Postsecondary Success Issue Brief
Some College, No Degree: A look at those who left early

Roadmap Report

Roadmap Report (2013)
Accountable Funding - Issue Brief
Affordability - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Capturing the Potential of Technology - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Demand and Capacity - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Early Learning - Issue Brief  & Policy Options
High School to Postsecondary Alignment - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Outreach and Support - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Remedial Education - Issue Brief & Policy Options
Skills and Knowledge - Issue Brief & Policy Options

Student Supports

Student Supports

Exploring Food Insecurity for Postsecondary Students in Washington (2021)


Grant Awards

Grant Awards
Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources Grant Pilot Program (2019)
Final Report - Western Washington University (2019)
Final Report - Central Washington University (2019)
Report to the Legislature - Higher Education OER Grant Program (2019)