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:

  • State Need 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.
  • REAL Hope Act: Undocumented students who meet certain requirements may be eligible to pay in-state (resident) tuition at Washington colleges and universities (see HB 1079) and apply for and receive financial aid to help pay for college tuition.

View all state financial aid programs.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

APIASF is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education. Visit the APIASF website.

National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for AAPI Students

National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for AAPI StudentsAccessing resources for higher education is a growing need for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. A directory on opportunities compiled by the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland is now available for students. This is one of the most comprehensive directories in the nation. View the 2013-2015 National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for AAPI Students.