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 (public two- and four-year colleges and universities, and many accredited independent colleges, universities, and career schools) in Washington.
To be eligible for a State Need Grant, you must:
Submit an approved FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov .
Have a family income of equal to or less than 70 percent of the state median, see: Family Income Chart
Be a Washington state resident.
Enroll at an eligible institution in Washington.
Enroll, with a minimum of three credits, as an undergraduate student in an eligible program.
Be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or first associate degree.
Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
Not have exceeded five years of SNG term usage or exceeded 125% of program length.
Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.*
*If you owe a repayment on a Washington State Need Grant, please read
SNG Repayment Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
2012-13 Maximum SNG Award Amounts*
Sector/Type of School
Median Family Income
University of Washington
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Central Washington University
The Evergreen State College
Eastern Washington University
Applied Baccalaureate Programs
Public Community & Technical Colleges
Private Four-year Universities & Colleges
Four-year Private/Proprietary Colleges
- New students
Two-year Private/Proprietary Colleges
- New students
Dependent Care Allowance
*Award amounts noted above represent the maximum possible SNG award.
Actual SNG award amounts may vary due to individual campus awarding policies.
You will be considered for a State Need Grant when you file a FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - go to: www.fafsa.gov to apply online or review your status.
For more information on applying for aid, contact your high school counselor or college financial aid office.
State Need Grant Program
Washington Student Achievement Council