Washington State Scholarships and Grants

Take Care of Those College Expenses

Washington State, like other states across the country, supports a wide range of scholarships, grants and college loans for its resident students. These programs are sponsored by Washington’s state government, and administered through the Washington Student Achievement Council. The underlying purpose of all of these state supported financial aid programs is to make college more accessible to the resident students of Washington State.


The first step in every college-bound student’s search for state, or Federal, supported financial aid is to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine the student’s eligibility for government funded financial aid, and the ultimate level of that financial aid. The FAFSA is also used by many independent scholarship, grant and loan providers in the determination of financial aid awards. College-bound students should make filling out the FAFSA a priority in their search for college funding.

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General Scholarship and Grant Programs

Like many states across the country, Washington provides a variety of general grants and scholarships for its resident college-bound students. A combination of merit-based and need-based programs, these grants and scholarships are designed to put a college education within the reach of a greater number of deserving students. As with all state-based financial aid programs, the terms and availability of Washington’s grants and scholarships are subject to change according to available funding.

The following selection of general grants and scholarships will give resident students in the state of Washington an idea of the financial aid programs that may be available to them.

Subject Specific Financial Aid Programs

Many states, Washington included, support financial aid programs designed to benefit students with specific career paths. These programs may take the form of scholarships, loans or loan repayment plans. In many cases these will be award-for-service programs, offering financial aid in return for a predetermined term of service in a high need profession within the state.

Washington State currently supports the following subject specific financial aid programs.

The state of Washington supports a wide variety of financial aid programs for its resident students. In addition to the programs listed here, the Washington Student Achievement Council also administers a number of Federal programs including the Pell Grant, and the Federal TEACH Grant. Washington State is determined to help its resident students find the necessary funds to finance their higher education. Students are encouraged to visit the dedicated website of the Washington Student Achievement Council for more information on preparing for college and applying for financial aid.