FAFSA is an application for financial aid that can go toward tuition and other expenses for most colleges and universities. FAFSA offers both grants (which is like free money) and loans (which you'd have to pay back later with interest) to students as they qualify. FAFSA opens October 1 and typically ends in June, but the earlier you apply, the better financial aid award you can be offered. Visit Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) to create your signature for your FAFSA account.
WAFSA is an application for financial aid that can go toward tuition and other expenses for most colleges and universities, specifically for students who aren't eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. WAFSA offers scholarships and grants (which is like free money) to students as they qualify.
This is an LGBTQ scholarship for people who have resided for at least one year in the State of Oregon or in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum counties in Washington. Scholarship values vary and the application must be postmarked before April1.
These scholarships are for high school seniors and current college students. Scholarship values vary and applications are typically due late April to mid-May.
The nominee must be a 12th grade high school student living in Clark County (home schooled students are eligible). The nominee’s activities and projects must advance the work and philosophy of General George C. Marshall. Scholarship is worth $3,500. Applications are typically due mid-February. Youth runners-up receive a $500 scholarship provided from the Klinge/Meyer Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.
This is a list of scholarships for Washington students, both for those who are intending on going to WSU and those who aren't. Scholarship values and due dates vary.
For female students enrolled in the 12th grade at a Clark County high school. Number of scholarships awarded vary. Scholarship is worth $1,500. Applications are typically due in spring.
The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM, and health care occupations. To be eligible, Scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing, or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges or with an approved apprenticeship program sponsor. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship program. These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees, and other costs of attendance, such as housing, transportation, food, and more. Applications open early January and close at the end of February. Check website for additional information and further eligibility.
Financial assistance for youth likely to age out of foster care and will attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college. Unlike scholarships, this program reimburses you for receipts you submit for tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, transportation and other education related costs. The maximum award is $5,000 per academic year. Awarded while funds last. Check website for additional information and other eligibility requirements.
Financial support for students who demonstrate advocacy, accountability and perseverance, and have shown a commitment to improving their community. It is open to any student regardless of immigration status. Earn up to $5,000 for your education. Applications typically due October 31.
This program provides scholarships to youth who have been in Washington state, federal or tribal foster care between 13 and 18, and gives them priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs. Number and value of scholarships vary. Students must be enrolled in an eligible college, apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program in Washington by their 22nd birthday. To apply, review this FAQ and complete the one-page Passport Consent Form.
The Pride Foundation awards scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight ally student leaders in Washington State. Scholarships can be used for any post-secondary education. Apply for more than 50 different scholarships with just one application. Applicants must be a resident of Washington State, but may study elsewhere. Scholarship values vary. Application opens in October and closes in January.
This is a database of scholarships for Washington students. Scholarship values and due dates vary. You will create an account and, based on your responses, be connected to different scholarship opportunities.
The Washington College Grant offers free money for career training, college, or an apprenticeship and is one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country; it is open to any student regardless of immigration status. The amount you receive depends on family size, income, and the cost of your school or program. For example, if your family of four makes:
Financial assistance for youth in foster care, tribal care, guardianship or dependency guardianship with a 2.0 GPA or a GED and who will attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college. Earn $2,000 to $4,000 for your education. Applications open December1 and are due January 31, with supporting materials due in mid- to late-February. Check website for additional information and further eligibility.
This scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in a high-demand STEM or health care field at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state. It can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA or a passing GED score. Applications open early January and close at the end of February. Check website for additional information and further eligibility.
This page on Clark College's website contains information about, and links to, different scholarships for Clark students. Scholarship values vary. Deadlines are usually late winter or early spring for the following academic year.
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This planning module helps create a road map that guides you through the steps it takes to go from high school to college, including what to do when and how to track your progress.
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This board advocates, coordinates and directs Washington's 34 public community and technical colleges. Its mission areas are education for adults, workforce education and academic transfers. This website contains information on registering for college, paying for college and starting a career.