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Washington College Grant

(formerly State Need Grant)

Notice: The 2019 Legislature established the Washington College Grant (WCG) program to replace the State Need Grant. Please revisit this page for further updates on the WCG. 

The Washington College Grant (WCG) program (formerly State Need Grant) helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Students can use the grants at eligible institutions in Washington.


Students eligible for WCG must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a Washington State resident.
  • Have a family income at or below the amounts specified in the following chart:

Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant) Family Income Eligibility Chart 2019-20*

Family size

Annual income*

1 $33,500
2 $43,500
3 $54,000
4 $64,000
5 $74,500
6 $85,000
7 $86,500
8 $88,500
9 $90,500
10 $92,500

*Adusted Gross Income (AGI) + Nontaxable Income

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Attend classes at one of the eligible institutions in Washington.
  • Enroll in an eligible program with a minimum of three credits as an undergraduate student.
  • Pursue a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or an associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not exceed five years of WCG term usage or 125% of enrolled program length.
  • Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.

How to Apply

The application process for the Washington College Grant is simple. All you need to do is complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. To apply online or review your status go to

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to your immigration status, you still may be eligible to apply for the Washington College Grant by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Award Amounts

Washington College Grant amounts vary by the type of school you attend. The chart below shows the maximum you may be eligible to receive if enrolled full time.

Maximum WCG (formerly SNG) Award Amounts 2019-20*




Public Research University of Washington $10,748
Washington State University $10,464
Public Comprehensive Central Washington University $7,020
Eastern Washington University $6,510
The Evergreen State College $6,961
Western Washington University $7,180
Private Four-Year Independent/Private Four-Year Nonprofit Universities and Colleges $9,739
Independent/Private Four-Year For-Profit Universities and Colleges $8,517
WGU Washington $5,619
Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) Community and Technical Colleges $3,694
CTC Applied Baccalaureate Programs $6,510
Private Two-Year Private Two-Year Nonprofit Colleges $3,694
Private Two-Year For-Profit Colleges $2,823

* Actual WCG award amounts may vary due to individual campus awarding policies and available funds.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Have more questions? The Washington College Grant program staff at the Washington Student Achievement Council will be happy to help!

Phone: 1-888-535-0747, option 3