Financial Aid & Scholarships
What is FAFSA and why does everyone want you to do it so bad?
FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid." Turning in the FAFSA is your first step in finding out how much student money you may be entitled to. Much of it is free money to assist you attending college. You just need to fill out an application to see how you qualify. [Check out this video that helps explain FAFSA.]
Not planning on attending a 4-year institution?It is a common myth that only 4-year university-bound students need to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA can pay for many trade school programs as well as apprenticeships and community college.
Not sure what to do after graduation?Fill out the FAFSA! You want all your options available to you.
College Bound Scholarship
As part of the College Bound sign-up process, students pledge to:
- Graduate from a Washington State high school with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
- Have no felony convictions.
- Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).
In order to receive the scholarship, students must fulfill the pledge and:
- Be income eligible, as determined by their college with the information from their FAFSA or WASFA.
- Be accepted to an eligible college and begin attending within one year of high school graduation.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, or have DACA status.
Resources are available to support students in fulfilling the pledge
Join the College Bound listserv. College Bound manages a listserv for high school students and their families. The messages are short and informative, and reading these emails is the best way to stay on-track to receive the scholarship.