Obtaining a college education is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. However, with the increasingly high costs of tuition, figuring out how to pay for your education can be discouraging, or just downright scary.
Along with aid from the U.S. federal government, you'll want to check out the variety of grant and loan repayment programs available directly from the state of Washington.
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board provides information about financial aid policy issues and is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of all state-funded financial aid programs. Grants and scholarships they manage include:
- Financial Aid for Education (FAFE)
Each year, Assistance League of Seattle provides scholarships for tuition and books to Greater Seattle area community colleges. The goal of these scholarships is to help students in need who seek an education but may not qualify for traditional scholarships.
- American Indian Endowed Scholarship
The American Indian Endowed Scholarship helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to a Native American community to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies.
- Washington State Need Grant
The State Need Grant program helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone their skills, or retrain for new careers. Students can use the grants at public two- and four-year colleges and universities and many accredited independent colleges, universities and career schools in Washington.
- Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE)
The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence honors three vocational students from each of the 49 state legislative districts for outstanding achievement in vocational/technical education.
- Washington Educational Opportunity Grant
Grants are available to Washington residents with an Associate of Arts degree who are pursuing further education. Applicant must be a resident of one of thirteen selected Washington counties, and be accepted for enrollment at a college or university.
- Washington Health Professional Loan Repayment Program
The Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship programs were created to address the critical shortage of health care professionals in Washington State.
- WICHE Regional Graduate Exchange
Washington residents can enroll in eligible programs in 14 western states at reduced tuition rates through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) student exchange programs. Participating states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.