Financial Aid Overview

Affordability

Washington Opportunity Pathways LogoState Financial Aid Programs: Washington Opportunity Pathways

The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the majority of the state’s student financial aid programs, which are known collectively as Opportunity Pathways. These programs help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates, and degrees.

 

Public Purpose

Program

2017-18

 Anticipated Expenditures

Estimated Recipients

Need-Based/
Access

State Need Grant

Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 70% of median family income.

$299 million

69,400

College Bound Scholarship

Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 65% of median family income.

$21.5 million

17,500

State Work Study

Part-time employment opportunities for low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students. Funds include about $5 million in employer contributions.

$12.5 million

4,500

Passport to College Program for Foster Youth

Scholarships and support services for eligible former foster youth.

$1.3 million

375

Merit

American Indian Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships for needy undergraduate students with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian community.

$17,225

14

Targeted Workforce

Health Professional Loan Repayment & Scholarship Programs

Loan repayment assistance for health professionals serving in critical shortage areas.

 

 

Federal/State Loan Repayment Program (FSLRP)

Federal/state match funds. Funds obligated 2016-17 and disbursed 2017-19.

$1.05 million

20

Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

State-only funds. Funds obligated in 2016-17 and disbursed 2017-20.

$4.685 million

75

Aerospace Loan Program

Loan program for certificate training program.

$100,000

13

Alternative Routes to Teaching

Supports prospective and current teachers to obtain shortage-area endorsements.

$1.4 million

230

Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant

Encourages students to enroll in teacher preparation programs and serve in teacher shortage areas. Funds obligated 2016-17 and disbursed 2017-18.

$468,380

50