State Need Grant

If you are a student, parent, or educator looking for State Need Grant information, please visit the State Need Grant page on our agency's consumer information site, readysetgrad.org

The State Need Grant (SNG) program provides need-based financial aid to income-eligible students pursuing postsecondary education. Eligible students have a household income that is less than 70 percent of the state's median household income.

Grant recipients can use the financial aid at Washington's eligible institutions, including public two- and four-year colleges and universities and at many accredited private/independent colleges, universities, and career schools in the state.

Institutions Seeking Participation in State Financial Aid Programs

Minimum Institutional eligibility standards for participation in state financial aid programs are defined in RCW 28B.92 and WAC 250-20.

Eligible institutions seeking participation in state financial aid programs should contact WSAC at finaid@wsac.wa.gov to obtain specific application instructions.

Applying institutions are subject to a rigorous review and evaluation process, including but not limited to assessments of historical performance outcomes, administrative capacity and staffing qualifications, accreditation status, status in Title IV programs, compliance audits, and financial strength.

Current Applications for Participation

  • None at this time​

State Need Grant Awards

State Need Grant amounts vary by the type of school attended. The chart below shows the maximum award recipients may be eligible to receive, if enrolled full time.

 

2015-16 Maximum Award Amounts*
Institution Award

Public Research:
     University of Washington
     Washington State University


$10,344
$10,351

Public Comprehensive:
      Central Washington University
      Eastern Washington University
      CTC Applied Bachelor's Degree Programs
      The Evergreen State College
      Western Washington University

$7,284
$6,871
$6,871
$7,262
$7,522

Public Community & Technical Colleges

$3,541

Private Four-Year Universities & Colleges

$8,517

WGU-Washington

$5,619

Private/Proprietary Colleges

$2,823

Dependent Care Allowance

$964

  *Award amounts noted above represent the maximum possible SNG award.  
   Actual SNG award amounts may vary due to individual campus awarding policies.

 

2015-16 Maximum Award Amounts

MFI Range

 

% of Award

 

0-50%
100%
51%-55%
70%
56%-60%
65%
61%-65%
60%
66%-70%
50%

Median Family Income (MFI) Cutoff Amounts

MFIs for 2015-16 SNG Program
(rounded to nearest $500)
Family Size
50%
55%
60%
65%
70%
1
$22,000
$24,000
$26,000
$28,500
$30,500
2
$ 28,500
$31,500
$34,000
$37,000
$40,000
3
$ 35,000
$38,500
$42,500
$46,000
$49,500
4
$ 42,000
$46,000
$50,500
$54,500
$58,500
5
$ 48,500
$53,500
$58,500
$63,000
$68,000
6
$ 55,500
$61,000
$66,500
$72,000
$77,500
7
$ 56,500
$62,500
$68,000
$73,500
$79,500
8
$ 58,000
$63,500
$69,500
$75,000
$81,000
9
$ 59,000
$65,000
$71,000
$77,000
$83,000
10
$ 60,500
$66,500
$72,500
$78,500
$84,500