If you are a student, parent, or educator looking for College Bound Scholarship eligibility information, applications, or other resources, please visit the College Bound page on our agency's consumer information site, readysetgrad.org.
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 covers the average tuition (at comparable colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
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. 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).
The Northshore School District has a history of success in engaging families to pledge for the College Bound Scholarship. Recent data shows that for the Class of 2023, 85% of the eligible Northshore School District students have signed the College Bound Scholarship pledge (72% State Average), which is an increase from 77% the previous year (Class of 2022). For more data and information regarding the College Bound Scholarship, click here: College Bound Scholarship
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE LINKS:
WSAC College Bound – Overall a great resource to reference for any College Bound information: www.collegebound.wa.gov
12th Year Campaign – Contains information and resources to support schools and partners with the financial aid process. Incudes resources with information about the different college and career pathways available to students, translated resources, and much more: https://wsac.wa.gov/12th-year-campaign
12th Year Campaign Key to Success Financial Aid Resources Hub – A one stop shop to financial aid trainings, scholarship search, translated materials, presentations and more: https://padlet.com/christinaw12/cxbz1z64bch5jbsf
Financial Aid Resources for Students – For students; these resources will help students with completing financial aid and admissions applications: https://padlet.com/christinaw12/t6jfitu7m8in10xc
CSF Scholarship Services Financial Aid Hub – you can find step by step videos on how to complete the FAFSA and/or WASFA. The videos are in English and Spanish. You can also find staff trainings such as Financial Aid 101, Award Letters, FAFSA/WASFA, and much more: https://sites.google.com/csfscholars.org/csf-financial-aid-hub/home