Washington State Resources

This page offers college-planning resources unique to Washington state.

Washington Higher Education Institutions

  • State Higher Education Agency – Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Explore colleges, universities, and technical schools in Washington state.
  • The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board offers a list of all private career schools licensed to offer diplomas and certificate programs in Washington.

College Planning

  • Big Future by College Board offers college planning and preparation information for student and their families.
  • KnowHow2Go assists students and their families plan and prepare for college from middle school to high school graduation.

Savings Plans

  • GET is Washington’s 529 plan, helping families save for college. With GET, accounts are guaranteed to keep pace with rising tuition and can be used at nearly any public or private college in the country.

State Financial-Aid Programs

  • The Washington Student Achievement Council offers a list of financial aid opportunities.
  • The Washboard is a free, Web-based scholarship-matching clearinghouse for Washington students to search and apply for scholarships. Students can create a profile to search for scholarships and use their profile information to make completing scholarship applications simpler.
  • Through the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, students in certain programs of study may enroll in two-and four-year public institutions in participating states at reduced rates.

Important: To qualify for federal and state financial aid, you must file the FAFSA. To ensure priority consideration for Washington state scholarships and grants, your FAFSA must be submitted as soon as possible after January 1 of the year for which you are seeking financial aid. State financial aid awards are made until funds are depleted.

Benefits for Veterans

Special Programs

Students and their families should complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. State financial aid awards are made until funds are depleted.


Learn more about Washington state residency requirements for students.


College Goal Sunday. For help completing the FAFSA, attend a College Goal Sunday event.
 
The Washboard is a free, Web-based scholarship-matching clearinghouse for Washington students to search and apply for scholarships.