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Established by the Legislature in 2007, the College Bound Scholarship program provides financial assistance to low-income students who want to achieve the dream of a college education. This early promise of financial aid is intended to alleviate the financial barriers that prevent low-income students from considering higher education as a possibility.
The scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students whose family’s income meets the guidelines or who are in foster care. The deadline to sign up is June 30 of the students’ 8th grade year.
The scholarship covers the average tuition (at comparable colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
In 2014, 89 percent of the Class of 2018 (8th graders whose deadline was June 30, 2014) submitted complete applications. Furthermore, 100 Washington school districts met or surpassed the 90 percent student sign-up benchmark.
Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year in 2010 graduated from high school in 2014. In comparison, the 2014 four-year graduation rate for low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn’t sign up was 62 percent.
Foster youth in 7th to 12th grade, 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).
Since the program’s inception, more than 200,000 students have applied for the program.