Financial Aid for Students
Washington Student Achievement Council
The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the majority of the state’s student financial aid programs, which are known collectively as Opportunity Pathways. These programs help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates, and degrees.
Need-based programs include the:
- Washington College Grant: Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 70% of median family income.
- College Bound Scholarship: Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 65% of median family income.
- State Work Study: Part-time employment opportunities for low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students. Leverages employer contributions (includes approximately $5 million).
- Passport to College Program for Foster Youth: Scholarships and support services for eligible former foster youth.
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: Need-based grant to help low- and middle-income Washington students earn degrees, certificates, or apprenticeships in high-demand trade, health care, or STEM fields and launch careers in Washington State.
View all state financial aid programs.
APIA Scholars is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. APIA Scholars creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education.
Washington College Savings Plan
The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program and the DreamAhead College Investment Plan are the state’s 529 college savings plans that help Washington families plan ahead for future college expenses. Both plans offer federal tax benefits and support families in reducing future college debt. The plans benefit the state by improving access to higher education, leading to a better educated and more financially secure workforce.
Read more about WA529 college savings plan options, GET and DreamAhead at wastate529.wa.gov.
Plan Your Future
- Explore potential educational pathways using tools like the College & Career Compass.
- Consider Washington’s public and private four year colleges and community and technical colleges.
- Look into apprenticeships, where you can earn money while learning a trade.
- Learn how national service opportunities can advance your education, as well as your career.
- Take time to think about your plan—then make sure you take all the steps to make your plan a reality.