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Financial Aid Overview

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The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the majority of the state’s student financial aid programs, which are known collectively as Opportunity Pathways. These programs help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates, and degrees.

Public Purpose

Program

2020-21

Anticipated Expenditures

Estimated Recipients

Need-Based/
Access

Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant)
Need-based grant for resident undergraduates whose current income is at or below 100% of median family income.

$468 million

97,500

College Bound Scholarship
Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 65% of median family income.

$16 million

21,800

State Work Study
Part-time employment opportunities for low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students. Funds include about $5 million in employer contributions.

$12.5 million

4,200

Passport to Careers
Scholarships and support services for eligible former foster youth.

 

 

Passport to College Promise Program
Scholarships to students.

$2.2 million 875

Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities
Funding for students pursuing apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.

$242,088 50

Supplemental Education and Transition Plan (SETuP)
Funding for college preparation support and postsecondary plan initiation.

$343,000 342

Washington Dual Enrollment Scholarship Pilot Program
Need-based grant to provide assistance to low-income high school students enrolled in College in the High School, Running Start, or select pilot locations.

$725,000

2,500

Merit

American Indian Endowed Scholarship
Competitive scholarship for high-achieving, low-income resident students, who have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe or community within the state.

$17,400

15

Targeted Workforce

Washington Health Corps
Loan repayment assistance for health professionals serving in critical shortage areas.

 

 

State Health Program (SHP)
State-only funds. Funds obligated 2020-21 to be disbursed over a three-year service obligation.

$4.35 million 60

Behavioral Health Program (BHP)
State-only funds. Funds obligated 2020-21 to be disbursed over a three-year service obligation.

$1 million 20

Federal Health Program (FHP)
Federal/state match funds. Funds obligated in 2020-21 to be disbursed over a two-year service obligation.

$1.5 million 30

Aerospace Loan Program
Loan program for a certificate training program.

$85,500

25

Teacher Conditional Scholarships and Grant Programs
Support prospective and current teachers to obtain credentials and shortage-area endorsements.

$2.6 million

325

National Guard Grant
Supports new recruits and current servicemembers to obtain an AA, BA, or certificate.

$625,000

75

 

2018-19 Need-Based Program Expenditures by Sector

 

State Need Grant

College Bound Scholarship

State Work Study

Passport to College

Sector

Grants to Students

Served Students

Unserved Students

Grants to Students

Served Students

Gross Earnings

Served Students

Incentive Grants

Grants to Students

Served Students

Public Research

$128,231,624 15,565 3,240 $9,246,741 5,405 $1,982,522 551 $58,750 $181,055 42

Public Comprehensive

$59,554,471 11,205 2,126 $4,018,694 3,743 $2,409,630 695 $57,000 $188,789 43

Private Four-Year

$39,842,074 5,946 1,857 $4,385,626 1,650 $2,624,350 934 $38,500 $149,415 37

Public Community & Technical Colleges

$92,902,484 38,303 8,109 $5,681,527 7,739 $5,073,741 1,780 $202,000 $623,515 192

Private Two-Year

$3,425,195 1,318 338 $353,155 286 $27,196 9 $5,500 $19,610 5

Totals (Unduplicated)

$323,821,234

71,787

15,621

$23,674,904

18,535

$12,117,439

3,960

$361,750

$1,197,624

318

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