Financial Aid Overview
State 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.
In 2012-13, over $310 million in state aid was disbursed, allowing more than 81,000 students at 72 campuses to receive assistance. Approximately 98 percent of the combined Opportunity Pathway funds supported need-based programs. Of the remainder, one percent was directed to workforce programs and one percent to merit programs.
Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 70% of median family income.
Part-time employment opportunities for low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students.
Need-based grant for low-income undergraduates whose current income is at or below 65% of median family income.
Scholarships and support services for eligible former foster youth.
Scholarships for needy undergraduate students with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian community.
Four-year merit scholarships to high school students in the top 1% of their class from each legislative district.
Two-year merit scholarship for outstanding vocational students from each of legislative district.
Loan repayment assistance students pursuing or in primary care health fields.
Loan repayment for public defenders and prosecutors.
Loan program for certificate training program.
Supports prospective and current teachers to obtain shortage-area endorsements.
Conditional loans or repayments toward federal loans for students pursuing credentials or working in high-demand teaching fields.
Conditional loans for a cohort of students who major in math or science and work in a related field in Washington.
1 These programs have been suspended and are not funded to serve new students.
2 Washington Scholars scholarships are not currently funded, but Scholars continue to be named and receive non-monetary recognition.