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Washington College Grant Eligibility & Awards

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

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. Please revisit this page for further updates on the WCG.

Overview of Washington College Grant

The Washington College Grant (WCG) program—formerly known as the State Need Grant (SNG)—provides need-based financial aid to income-eligible students pursuing education after high school. Grant recipients can use the financial aid at Washington's eligible institutions, including public two- and four-year colleges and universities and many accredited private/independent colleges, universities, and career schools in the state, as well as for approved apprenticeship programs. 

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.

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.**

Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant)
2020-21 Maximum Award Amounts*

Institution

Award

Public Research:  
University of Washington $11.040
Washington State University $10,735
Public Comprehensive:  
Central Washington University $7,177
Eastern Washington University $6,694
The Evergreen State College $7,167
Western Washington University $7,381
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 $4,219
CTC Applied Baccalaureate Programs $6,764
Private Two-Year:  
Private Two-Year Nonprofit Colleges $3,694
Private Two-Year For-Profit Colleges $2,823

  *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.
 

2020-21 Maximum Award Amounts

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%

 

2020-21 Median Family Income (MFI) Levels for Washington College Grant (WCG) and College Bound Scholarship (CBS) Eligibility

MFIs for 2020-21
(rounded to nearest $500)
Family Size
55%
60%
65%
(CBS Max.)
70%
(WCG only)
75%
(WCG only)
100% (WCG only - Maximum)
1
$27,500
$30,000
$32,500
$35,000
$38,000
$50,500
2
$36,000
$39,500
$43,000
$46,000
$49,500
$66,000
3
$44,500
$49,000
$53,000
$57,000
$61,000
$81,500
4
$50,500
$53,000
$63,000
$68,000
$72,500
$97,000
5
$58,500
$62,000
$73,000
$78,500
$84,000
$112,500
6
$66,500
$70,500
$83,000
$89,500
$96,000
$128,000

Note: For family size up to 20, view the complete 2020-21 MFI eligibility chart.

 

2019-20 State Need Grant Award & Eligibility Information