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.

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. Visit to learn more about the many ways to make education affordable.

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Between two worlds

First-generation student Lysandra Perez, winner of the Crimson Award for undergraduate research, faced new challenges when she started at WSU. Now she hopes to help other students adjust to college life — including her younger brother, one of the newest Cougars on campus.

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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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Building bridges

From his rural Washington hometown of Onalaska, Caleb Huffman came to the UW in Seattle on a quest to connect with others. Supported by the Husky Promise and other scholarships, he was able to expand his perspective by traveling abroad for the first time.

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