Washington Financial Aid
Set against a beautiful terrain, colleges and universities in Washington offer many certificate and degree programs to its students. Whether a student is attending one of the states more well known school such as Washington State University – Pullman, or one of the lesser known, but provide an excellent education, like the Gonzaga University in Spokane, he should be able to find financial aid for their college education. Washington offers state aid in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans.
Washington Scholarships and Grants
Washington scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for Washington students. Use the Campus Explorer Scholarship Search to find scholarships in Washington that will help you achieve your education goals.
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board is the organization that administers the state scholarships, grants and other financial aid programs. Here is a complete list of all forms of financial aid offered by the board:
- American Indian Endowed Scholarship: The student must demonstrate financial need and have close social and cultural ties to a Native American community in Washington.
- College Bound Scholarship: Students become eligible for this scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year, in which they must sign a pledge promising to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and pursue a college degree. This scholarship is based on financial need, and pays for the total amount of tuition and fees in addition to $500 in books.
- Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification Conditional Loan Scholarship: Students pursuing a teaching degree who receive this loan do not need to repay the amount if they agree to work in a subject matter or geographic area with a teacher shortage.
- Health Professional Scholarship: Students pursuing a degree in healthcare, such as pharmacy, are eligible for this reward. The student must also sign a Promissory Note promising to work for a minimum of three years in a designated shortage area in Washington. If the student fails to meet the nonrepayment terms, the student pays back funds with double penalty plus interest.
- John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ): Students studying to be an attorney must work for three years in the state or local prosecutor’s office or in a public defender office are eligible for this loan repayment program.
- Opportunity Grants: This is a scholarship based on financial need for low-income adult students who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
- Passport for Foster Youth Promise Program: Students who spent at least one year in foster care after their sixteenth birthday and are enrolled at least half-time in an eligible college by the time they turn 22 are eligible for this scholarship which helps pay tuition and living expenses.
- State Need Grant (SNG): Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled as an undergraduate student pursuing their first bachelors degree, certificate or associate degree.
- Washington Scholars: Four high school students who have academic accomplishments are eligible for this scholarship.
- Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) Program: Students are nominated by their schools for this award that provides funding for up to two years of undergraduate study.
Scholarships from Washington Colleges and Universities
Scholarships in Washington may also be offered by the colleges and universities that the student attends. These scholarships can be based on financial need, merit, special talent, ethnicity, department, a combination of these criteria and more. Some schools such as the Washington State University offer one application for students that will apply them to all eligible scholarships. Other schools will have different scholarship applications available in their financial aid department.
Cities with a large amount of colleges and universities may have more scholarship, grant and financial aid opportunities available than those with few or no colleges. The top five cities with the greatest amount of colleges and universities in Washington include Seattle, Spokane Colleges, Tacoma Colleges, Bellingham Colleges and Everett Colleges.
Other Scholarships in Washington
Private state scholarships are also an option for Washington students. These scholarships can be located at community organizations, foundations, associations and private businesses. To start you on your private scholarship search, here is a list of some scholarships offered by organizations in the Washington community:
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Washington: Five scholarships are offered to various types of students.
- Washington State Scholarship Foundation: All scholarships offered by this foundation are offered to first-time freshmen who demonstrate financial need and have graduated from a public or private high school in Washington State.
- Washington State Potato Foundation: Students from Washington or Oregon who are seeking a two or four-year degree or technical certification are eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to those enrolled in a agriculture degree program.
- Walter J. Clore Scholarship: This scholarship is offered the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and is only offered to students pursuing a degree in viticulture and enology.
- Central Washington Homebuilders Association Scholarships: Two scholarships are offered to students who are members, family members or an employee of the CWHBA.
- Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) Scholarships: These two scholarships is offered to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in environmental science.
Washington Student Loans
Students who need additional financial assistance should look into student loans to fund the rest of their postsecondary education. The Student Loan Network has a list of Washington colleges and universities with information student loans offered at each school.