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Washington College Grant Eligibility & Awards

About the Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant)

The Washington College Grant (WCG) program—formerly known as the State Need Grant (SNG)—makes education and training beyond high school affordable. WCG provides need-based financial aid to income-eligible students pursuing education after high school. 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.

As of 2020-21, income eligibility has increased to 100 percent of median family income (MFI), with funding guaranteed for eligible students. The program is also expanding to provide support for apprenticeships. Award amounts vary based on income, family size, and the school or program attended. 

Apprentices are encouraged to check with their program sponsor to ensure their participation in Washington College Grant for Apprenticeship.

Financial Aid Calculator

Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate their potential WCG award. 

Washington College Grant Awards

Washington College Grant amounts vary by the type of school attended. The chart below shows the maximum award recipients may be eligible to receive if enrolled full time. Apprenticeship award amounts vary by sponsored program.** A print version of the chart is available here.

Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant)
2021-22 Maximum Award Amounts*

Institution

Award

Public Research:  
University of Washington $11,339
Washington State University $11,009
Public Comprehensive:  
Central Washington University $7,343
Eastern Washington University $6,871
The Evergreen State College $7,369
Western Washington University $7,532
Private Four-Year:        
Independent/Private Four-Year Nonprofit Universities and Colleges $9,739
Independent/Private Four-Year For-Profit Universities and Colleges $8,517
WGU Washington $5,619
Community and Technical Colleges:  
Community and Technical Colleges $4,333
CTC Applied Baccalaureate Programs $6,944
Private Two-Year:  
Private Two-Year Nonprofit Colleges $3,694
Private Two-Year For-Profit Colleges $2,823
Tribal Colleges:  
Northwest Indian College $3,694

  *Award amounts noted above represent the maximum possible WCG award. Actual WCG award amounts may vary due to individual campus awarding policies.  
** Each apprenticeship program for each sponsor will have a WSAC-provided award chart.
 

2021-22 Maximum Award Amounts by Income Range

Median Family Income (MFI) Range % of Award

 

0-55%
100%
56-60%
70%
61-65%
60%
66-70%
50%
71-75%
24.5%
76-100%
10%

 

2021-22 Median Family Income (MFI) Levels for Washington College Grant (WCG) and College Bound Scholarship (CBS) Eligibility

MFIs for 2021-22
(rounded to nearest $500)
Family Size
55%
60%
65%
(CBS Max.)
70%
(WCG only)
75%
(WCG only)
100% (WCG only - Maximum)
1
$29,000
$32,000
$34,500
$37,000
$39,500
$53,000
2
$38,000
$41,500
$45,000
$48,500
$52,000
$69,000
3
$47,000
$51,500
$55,500
$60,000
$64,000
$85,500
4
$56,000
$61,000
$66,000
$71,000
$76,500
$102,000
5
$65,000
$71,000
$76,500
$82,500
$88,500
$118,000
6
$74,000
$85,000
$87,500
$94,000
$101,000
$134,500

Note: For family size up to 20, view the complete 2021-22 MFI eligibility chart. For reference, the 2020-21 MFI eligibility chart is also available.