The Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant) extends financial aid for more low to middle-income families in Washington State, providing free or low-cost college for eligible students. The Workforce Education Investment Act (HB 2158) was signed into law in May 2019 and goes into effect in fall 2020.
A family of four making $50,500 or less is eligible for a full financial aid award.
A family of four making $92,000 or less is eligible for a partial financial aid award.
Programs that are at least 24 credits and 15 weeks in length are financial aid eligible.
Along with providing guaranteed funding for eligible students and expanding financial aid for middle-income families, the Washington College Grant also offers flexibility for students to find the path that fits them, covering certificates, two-year degrees, four-year degrees and/or apprenticeships.
The maximum award amount will cover full tuition at any 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.
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.