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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 State Need Grant (SNG) program 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 SNG must meet the following criteria: 

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

State Need Grant Family Income Eligibility Chart 2018-19*

Family size

Annual income*

1 $32,000
2 $42,000
3 $52,000
4 $61,500
5 $71,500
6 $81,500
7 $83,000
8 $85,000
9 $87,000
10 $89,000

*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 a first associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not exceed five years of SNG 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 State Need 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 State Need Grant by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For more information go to Make satisfactory academic progress

Award Amounts

State Need 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 SNG Award Amounts 2018-19*




Public Research University of Washington $9,745
Washington State University $9,734
Public Comprehensive Central Washington University $6,560
Eastern Washington University $6,213
The Evergreen State College $6,540
Western Washington University $6,771
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 $6,213
Private Two-Year Private Two-Year Nonprofit Colleges $3,694
Private Two-Year For-Profit Colleges $2,823
  Dependent Care Allowance $936

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

Additional Resources

Contact Us

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

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