The Washington College Grant (WCG) is the state's largest financial aid program and provides grants to low-income students to pursue postsecondary education. The WCG is an entitlement program with guaranteed grants for students who qualify. To qualify, a student must meet the following criteria:
The WCG award amounts vary based on the institution the student attends and the student's family income. Financial need is based on the state's median family income (MFI) and the student's family size. The WCG awards are prorated based on the student's family income level as follows:
|Median Family Income||Grant Award Amount|
|0-55 percent of state MFI||Maximum Award|
|56-60 percent of state MFI||70 percent of maximum award|
|61-65 percent of state MFI||60 percent of maximum award|
|66-70 percent of state MFI||50 percent of maximum award|
|71-75 percent of state MFI||24.5 percent of maximum award|
|76-100 percent of state MFI||10 percent of maximum award|
The maximum WCG award covers tuition and services and activities fees for 15 quarter credits or the equivalent at the state's public institutions. For example, the 2021-22 maximum award for students attending the University of Washington is $11,339. For students attending private institutions, the maximum award amounts vary based on statutorily set amounts. For example, the maximum award for a student attending a private non-profit institution is $9,739. A student is eligible to receive the WCG for five years or up to 125 percent of the published length of the student's program.
Washington College Grant Expansion.
The WCG income eligibility thresholds and award amounts are expanded per the table below:
|Median Family Income||Award Amount|
|0-70 percent of state MFI||Maximum Award|
|71-80 percent of state MFI||50 percent of maximum award|
|81-90 percent of state MFI||25 percent of maximum award|
|91-100 percent of state MFI||10 percent of maximum award|
Beginning with the 2022-23 academic year , the WCG recipients who are receiving a maximum WCG award are also entitled to receive a bridge grant. A bridge grant is an annual stipend provided in addition to the WCG to provide supplementary financial support to low-income students to cover higher education expenses beyond tuition and fees, such as books, lab fees, supplies, technology, transportation, housing, and child care. The bridge grant award amounts are as follows:
To receive the full bridge grant for which the student qualifies, the student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Students who are enrolled less than half-time will receive a prorated bridge grant. Bridge grants are applied to a student's financial aid package after all other gift aid has been awarded.