Greeners: There’s more grant aid for college students from Washington!

Financial Aid

If you haven’t already heard, there’s much more grant aid available for college students from Washington State. In its most recent session, our legislature dramatically expanded aid to assist students from lower income families. Here’s how it works:

Starting in the fall of 2020, the College Grant program will cover 100% of tuition, building fees and activity costs for families earning up to 55 % of the median income, or approximately $50,500 for a family of four.

Students from families earning up to 60% of the median get 70% of college costs covered, those earning 70% of median get half of college costs covered and so on. Families of four earning up to around $92,000 will be eligible for grants in 2020.

In previous years, many students qualified for the state grant but did not receive them because the funding available was insufficient to cover all students in these income brackets. No longer! There’s enough funding to cover tuition at state schools for every low-income student admitted. Additionally, the grants may be combined with other grant programs such as those provided by colleges or foundations. Also, adults starting or returning to college are eligible.

This is a fantastic opportunity if you qualify and could use more financial aid. Note: this is not a loan -- it is a state grant that doesn’t need to be paid back.

Interested? Check with our financial aid office or go to the Financial Aid webpage here. You’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which became available on Oct. 1. Don’t wait – the sooner you contact our financial aid office, the sooner we can help you complete your application.

George