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The New Washington College 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. 

Beginning in 2020-21, more low- and middle-income families now 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. 

The program is also expanding to provide support for approved 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. The state is in the process of identifying eligible non-campus-based apprenticeship programs.

Who is eligible?

Amounts vary based on income, family size, and the school or program attended. Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate their potential WCG award. Recipients must meet program requirements and attend an approved institution or program. Learn more about WCG 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.

Most changes will affect students who apply now for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year will open on October 1, 2020. 

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