In 2019 the Legislature created the Homeless and Foster Care Students Pilot Program (Pilot Program) to provide assistance and accommodations to students experiencing homelessness and to students who were in foster care when they graduated high school. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) was directed to select four community and technical colleges (CTCs) to participate in the Pilot Program, and the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) was directed to select two baccalaureate institutions to participate in the Pilot Program. In 2021 the Legislature expanded the number of colleges participating in the Pilot Program to eight CTCs and four baccalaureate institutions.
Services provided to students in the Pilot Program include:
The CTCs and baccalaureate institutions may establish plans to develop surplus property for affordable housing.
Participating colleges must provide a joint report to the Legislature.
The Pilot Program is changed to a permanent program and allows all CTCs to participate.