Scholarships & WAFSA/FAFSA
College Bound Scholarship
“In 2007 the Washington State Legislature established the College Bound Scholarship. This program was created to provide state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost. The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public college rates), some fees, and a small book allowance.
Eligibility for the scholarship is a two-part process. Students in 7th or 8th grade whose family meets the income requirements must submit and complete an application by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Then students must meet the College Bound Pledge requirements and income-eligibility as determined by the student’s financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA) in their senior year of high school.
Note: Foster youth in grades 7–12 (up to age 21) who have not graduated from high school are automatically enrolled. They are considered to have a complete application for the College Bound Scholarship via a data exchange between the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).” https://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-bound
If you are uncertain if you signed up for the college bound scholarship when you were in 7th or 8th grade contact: Sarah Weiss
Associate Director of College Access & Support
For additional information about the college bound scholarship head over to Ready Set Grad: https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/college/college-bound-scholarship-program
Dollars for Scholars
“Students who fill out one application on our website are eligible for the Whatcom Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Round as well as other scholarships that are available nationally through our partnership with Scholarship America. Eligibility is based on information the students provide on their comprehensive application.”
The Whatcom County 2020 scholarship round for graduating seniors:
Opens: January 2020
Closes: February 2020
Passport to careers
“The Passport to Careers program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college, apprenticeships, or pre-apprenticeship programs. Under the Passport to Careers program, there are two sub-programs:
Passport to College
Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities
Through the Passport to College program, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs.
The Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program will assist students participating in registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs with covering occupational-specific costs such as tuition for classes, fees, work clothes, rain gear, boots, and occupation-related tools.”
“We connect Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE. Whether you’ll be attending in state or out, you save time by entering your profile once and letting us find the scholarship opportunities that fit. theWashBoard.org is spam-free and will never sell your information.”
TheWashboard is like a dating website for vetted scholarships. The more detailed your profile, the more matches you will receive.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
“WSOS is now offering two scholarship programs for Washington state students pursuing a credential in high-demand Washington state industries. Our Baccalaureate Scholarship is for Scholars pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM or health care field. The new Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) is for Scholars pursuing a degree or certificate in a high-demand trade, health care or STEM field such as nursing, welding, or information technology.
Opportunity Scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as living expenses, food and more.
Our Baccalaureate Scholarship application opens each year in January. The CTS application opens three times a year in May, October and January. Follow the links below to explore the scholarship that aligns with your career pathway.”
scholarships specific to Native Students
American Indian College Fund
Here you will find information on college prep as well as a huge amount of scholarships to choose from.
American Indian Graduate Center
“Established in 1969 to assist American Indian college graduates who wanted to continue their education at master's, doctorate and professional degree levels.”
American Indian Services
“As AIS scholarship provides more than education...it plants a seed of opportunity & hope.”
“Learn more about the availability of Cobell Scholarship funds, deadlines, eligibility and all related forms necessary to complete the application process as administered by Indigenous Education, INC.”
On Ready Set Grad’s website they host an amazing amount of information on financial aid of every type. We recommend starting there and working through their PowerPoint presentations to start off on the right footing: https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/college/financial-aid-101
PRO TIP: Write down your FSA ID and password in a safe place you can remember! It is really hard to retrieve it if you lose it!
FuturesNW Financial Aid workshops
If you have questions, want an expert to look over your forms and check for mistakes, we have great news! We host events twice a year to help families fill out the FAFSA or WAFSA. Our Calendar has details for all those events, and you are likely to find one near you.
WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
State Financial Aid for Undocumented Individuals and Select Non-Citizens
“Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. These students still need to meet other program requirements.” https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa
For a complete, step by step lesson on how to complete your WAFSA click here: https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2018.wasfa.instructions.pdf
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa