Additionally, the Seattle Housing Authority strongly encourages 7th and 8th graders to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship.
- Must be a public housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), or affordable housing resident for at least the previous six months
- Must be a US citizen
How to apply:
Sign up in 7th or 8th grade and get full college tuition paid
- The family receives basic food or TANF benefits
- The family's income falls within the program's established guidelines
- The student is in foster care or is a dependent of the state
In order to be eligible, students must sign up by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year. Students only need to apply once.
- Graduate from a Washington state high school with a 2.0 GPA or higher. GEDs do not qualify
- Demonstrate good citizenship and not be convicted of a felony
- Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) and be accepted to an eligible program or college
There are several ways to apply:
- Complete the online application form at www.readysetgrad.org/college/college-bound-scholarship-program
- Applications are available from the counseling office at all middle schools
- Resident of Seattle Housing Authority Low-Income Public Housing or in a household that receives an SHA Housing Choice Voucher
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Age 21 or under by the application deadline
- Will have graduated from high school or obtained a GED by fall of the year for which the scholarship is awarded
- Plan to attend a post-secondary school full time during the academic year. Post-secondary is defined as community college, technical or vocational school or four-year institution of higher education.
- Completed application form
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Most up-to-date transcript from current school
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step students can take to invest in their future. The FAFSA can help students access money to pay for school in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.
To get started:
1. Create a federal student aid ID at fsaid.ed.gov. Applicants will need their Social Security number.
2. Use your student aid ID to login and complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. Applicants will need information about their own or family money earned in the prior year.
Six facts about federal student aid:
1. Around 20 million students complete the FAFSA each year. No matter household income, the FAFSA is the first step to receiving help paying for college. Federal aid options include Pell Grants, loans and work study.
2. There is no deadline to complete the FAFSA but those who complete the FAFSA earlier often receive more aid because some sources are first-come first-serve.
3. Good grades are not a requirement. GPA is not used to determine qualification.
4. People at any age can complete the FAFSA. Applicants do not need to be a high school senior or recent high school graduate.
5. Federal aid can be used for many types of education. There are all kinds of options for continuing education, and federal aid is accepted at most places. Applicants should complete the FAFSA, even if they don't know yet where they want to go to school. Schools will use FAFSA information to determine aid packages.
6. FAFSA is free to complete. Beware of anyone trying to charge a fee for completing the FAFSA.
Start your application today at fafsa.ed.gov.
Have a question? Call 1.800.4FED.AID (433.3243).