The New Washington College Grant

What's new?

The new, nationally recognized 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. 

Most changes will begin next academic year and will affect students who apply now for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year. 

For 2019-20, eligible students have a household income that is less than 70 percent of the state's median family income (MFI). Beginning in 2020-21, income eligibility will increase to 100 percent of MFI, with funding guaranteed for eligible students.

The program will also expand to provide support for apprenticeships.

What does it cover?

The maximum award amount will cover full tuition at any approved/eligible in-state public college or university, including community or technical colleges, or provide a comparable amount toward tuition and other education-related costs at an approved private college or career training program.

Who is eligible?

Beginning in 2020-21, more low- and middle-income families will qualify. An eligible student from a family of four making around $50,000 or less per year would receive a full award. Partial grants are available for families making up to the state’s median family income, around $97,000 per year. 

Amounts vary based on income, family size, and the school or program attended. Recipients must meet program requirements and attend an approved institution or program. Updated eligibility tables and award amounts for 2020-21 will be available in spring 2020. Learn more about eligibility and awards.

How do I apply?

There is no separate application for the Washington College Grant. Students should complete a state or federal financial aid application, which colleges will use to determine eligibility and make awards. Application processes for non-campus-based apprenticeship programs have not yet been established.

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