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What We Do

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is a cabinet-level state agency. We are working to raise educational attainment through strategic engagement, program management, and partnerships. 

Strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy:

  • Propose goals and recommend resources to increase educational attainment (via the Strategic Action Plan).
  • Identify innovations to address our state's evolving educational needs.
  • Advocate for higher education.
  • Amplify the economic, social, and civic benefits of postsecondary education.
  • Align student pathways across educational programs, schools, and institutions.
  • Provide research and analysis, highlighting opportunities to expand student outcomes.  
  • Assess the need for additional degrees and programs throughout the state.
  • Improve student success by setting minimum college admission standards.
  • Protect education consumers by authorizing out-of-state institutions serving Washington students.
  • Promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for veterans.

Program administration:

  • Ensure the quality of state financial aid programs and services.
  • Provide college savings opportunities through the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program and DreamAhead College Investment Plan.
  • Support students through early outreach and success programs (e.g., College Bound and GEAR UP).


Per RCW 28B.77, the Student Achievement Council closely collaborates with the following agencies and organizations: