The College Bound Scholarship Program (CBS) was established in 2007 to provide guaranteed four-year tuition to students from low-income families. The first CBS awards were granted to the graduating high school class of 2012. Eligible students for the CBS include those who:
Beginning in the seventh-grade, eligible students are automatically enrolled in the CBS by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). Students and parents are notified of the student's eligibility and the scholarship's requirements. To receive the CBS, a student must graduate from high school with at least a C grade point average, have no felony convictions, and have a family income that does not exceed 65 percent of the state median family income.
All higher education institutions that participate in the CBS program are required to submit certain CBS data to the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC) annually for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of the CBS program. WSAC is also required to submit student unit record data for the CBS program to the ERDC.
For CBS eligible students enrolling in a postsecondary education institution for the first time beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, a C grade point average is required only for those students seeking direct admission to a public or private four-year institution of higher education.
Additional data points on grade point averages are added to the information that higher education institutions must submit to the ERDC. The ERDC must annually send the CBS data submitted by the higher education institutions to WSAC beginning on July 1, 2024. WSAC must submit an annual legislative report on the CBS data beginning November 1, 2024.
PRO: This is another effort to bring equity to high school students in the College Bound program. This year's goal is to ensure more access for students enrolling in community college if they were College Bound eligible aside from not receiving 2.0 gpa in high school. For every seven Asian students that graduate with over a 2.0 gpa, one is under. For every two and a half white students over that threshold, one is under. The ratio is 1 to 1 for American Indian or Alaska Native students and 2 to 1 for black students. More students will be able to be served by this critical financial aid program.