More Students Are Now Eligible for the Washington College Grant
The new Washington College Grant (WCG) gives more money to more students for more kinds of education after high school. Whatever you want to do next—from welding to nursing, from English to computer science—WCG can help you pay for college and training.
Washington College Grant can help you access many types of education and training:
Public and private colleges and universities
Workforce and training programs
Approved apprenticeship programs
WCG is not reserved for valedictorians or athletes. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you have money waiting for you. An eligible student from a family of four making up to around $97,000 per year can receive some money for their education.
Amounts vary based on income, family size, and the school or program attended. Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate their potential WCG award, but the only way to know for sure whether you qualify is to apply for financial aid. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now open.
Washington College Grant makes education and training beyond high school affordable. Learn more at wsac.wa.gov/WCG.
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Don’t let financial aid myths limit your options for the future
Think you can’t afford college or career education? Financial aid helps many students pay for education after high school, and more families in Washington are now eligible. Even if you didn’t qualify before, you might now! Myth #1: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid. Fact: Applying for financial aid is the only way to know for sure whether you qualify. With the new Washington College Grant, an eligible student from a family of four making up to around $97,000 per year can receive some money for their education. Myth #2: Financial aid only pays for universities. That takes four years—I need to start working now. Fact: Financial aid can be used for many types of full-time or part-time education, including career and technical schools, community colleges, some apprenticeships, and yes, universities too. You have options! Myth #3: I can’t apply for financial aid, because I don’t know what I’m going to do after high school. Fact: You can complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application before applying for college or training. You can make your final choice about whether and where to go later, and you’ll know more about what you can afford.
Learn more and apply for financial aid on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
If someone in your family has lost a job or is working less, colleges may be able to provide more financial aid.
Colleges may adjust financial aid based on a student’s or parent’s job loss, reduced income, loss of benefits (like child support), or even extraordinary medical or dental bills. Each situation is different, and colleges’ requirements vary, so students should contact the financial aid office to talk about options:
If you’ve already filed a 2020-21 FAFSA or WASFA, talk to the financial aid office about your situation.
If you haven’t applied for financial aid, it’s not too late. Submit your application, then follow up with the college to discuss changes.
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