Making higher education possible

Higher education is the surest path to both opportunity and earning power, and no student should have their dreams denied because of their background or financial circumstances.

That’s why the University of Washington and Washington State University have teamed up. We may be rivals on the field, but together with public colleges and universities across our state, we’re dedicated to helping students not just get to college, but graduate and go on to do great things — in their families, jobs and communities.

We encourage you to learn more about the benefits of higher education and the opportunities that make it affordable and achievable for Washington students. That includes the new Washington College Grant, which expands the financial assistance available to students in our state.

Together, we can ensure that a higher education isn’t just possible, but a reality.

Helping students afford their education

In addition to scholarships and support offered by individual colleges — such as WSU’s Cougar Commitment and the UW’s Husky Promise — there are a number of statewide programs that help young people pursue an education beyond high school.

The newly created Washington College Grant provides additional financial support to students and features expanded eligibility guidelines.

Visit readysetgrad.wa.gov to learn more about the many ways to make education affordable. And make sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, to find out what scholarships and financial aid are available.

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Ewurama Karikari loved math and science in high school, and wanted to pursue a career in engineering. With the help of a program for first-generation students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, in 2019 she earned her UW degree.

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Statewide opportunities

Explore the range of possibilities available at our state’s six public universities and 34 community and technical colleges, which are helping hundreds of thousands of students prepare for their lives and careers.

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