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Washington State Financial Aid Programs

There are affordable college and career training opportunities for everyone. The first, best step is to apply for financial aid. Learn more about Washington’s state financial aid programs below.

If you are eligible for any of these financial aid programs, you must attend a participating institution.

Need-Based Programs

Washington College Grant

The Washington College Grant (WCG) is one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. WCG provides need-based aid to Washingtonians pursuing college or career training after high school. Students from low- and middle-income families may qualify.

College Bound Scholarship

The College Bound Scholarship provides an early promise of financial aid to students from low-income families.

State Work Study

State Work Study is financial aid for low- and middle-income students. Qualifying students get an approved job, on- or off-campus, to support their education.

Passport to Careers

The Passport to Careers program helps students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth attend and succeed in college, apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeship programs.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington students earn degrees, certificates, or apprenticeships in high-demand trade, health care, or STEM fields and launch careers in Washington State.

Merit-Based Programs

American Indian Endowed Scholarship

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship benefits eligible students who have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe or community in Washington State.

Workforce Programs

Teacher Programs

The Washington State Educator Workforce programs provide financial aid to attract and retain teachers to work in subjects or locations of high need known as shortage areas. 

Washington Health Corps

Washington Health Corps programs encourage licensed health professionals to provide primary care at approved sites in rural or underserved areas. 

National Guard Grant

The National Guard Postsecondary Education Grant helps eligible, actively participating members of the Washington National Guard get an undergraduate degree or certificate.

Aerospace Loan Program

The Aerospace Loan Program supports training for entry-level aerospace workers.