State Need Grant (Paying for College) – FAFSA


The State Need Grant (SNG) program helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Students can use the grants at eligible institutions in Washington.


Students eligible for SNG must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Washington State resident.
  • Have a family income at or below the amounts specified in the following chart:

State Need Grant Family Income Eligibility Chart (2017-18)

Family size Annual income*
1 $31,500
2 $41,500
3 $51,000
4 $60,500
5 $70,500
6 $80,000
7 $82,000
8 $84,000
9 $85,500
10 $87,500

*Adusted Gross Income (AGI) + Nontaxable Income

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Attend classes at one of the eligible institutions in Washington.
  • Enroll in an eligible program with a minimum of three credits as an undergraduate student.
  • Pursue a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or a first associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not exceed five years of SNG term usage or 125% of enrolled program length.
  • Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.

How to Apply

The application process for the State Need Grant is simple. All you need to do is complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. To apply online or review your status go to www.fafsa.gov.

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to your immigration status, you still may be eligible to apply for the State Need Grant by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For more information go to www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.

Award Amounts

State Need Grant amounts vary by the type of school you attend. The chart below shows the maximum you may be eligible to receive if enrolled full time.

Maximum SNG Award Amounts 2017-18*
Institutions Award
Public Research University of Washington $9,553
Washington State University $9,553
Public Comprehensive Central Washington University $6,431
Eastern Washington University $6,090
The Evergreen State College $6,411
Western Washington University $6,638
Private Four-Year Independent/Private Four-Year Nonprofit Universities and Colleges $9,553
Independent/Private Four-Year For-Profit Universities and Colleges $8,517
WGU Washington $5,619
Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) Community and Technical Colleges $3,620
CTC Applied Baccalaureate Programs $6,090
Private Two-Year Private Two-Year Nonprofit Colleges $3,620
Private Two-Year For-Profit Colleges $2,823
Dependent Care Allowance $906

* Actual SNG award amounts may vary due to individual campus awarding policies and available funds.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Have more questions? The State Need Grant program staff at the Washington Student Achievement Council will be happy to help!

Email: finaid@wsac.wa.gov
Phone: 1-888-535-0747, option 3


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