College Bound Scholarship

  • The College Bound Scholarship is a Washington State program that helps students afford college. Eligible students were signed up by their parent/ guardians in Middle School. Eligibility was determined based on income. 

    The basics of the College Bound Scholarship: 

    • Students (usually the parent or guardian) signed up for the scholarship in middle school.
    • College Bound is a Washington State program. 
    • The Scholarship can be used at 60+ colleges in Washington State. 
    • The Scholarship covers the average cost of tuition, but not room & board. 
    • The FAFSA or WASFA (online financial aid forms) must be filled out in fall of senior year. 
    To remain eligible for the Scholarship, students pledge to: 
    1. graduate from a Washington State High School with at least a 2.0 GPA;
    2. stay out of trouble;
    3. enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation. 

    For details on each of these and other elements of College Bound eligibility, see the materials in the library to the right. 

    In addition to the above criteria, you will still have to be income eligible, as determined by the college with information from the FAFSA or WASFA.
    Do I have to graduate with my high school class to receive College Bound?
    No. You may graduate earlier or later than your original high school class, but you must graduate—a GED does not qualify.
    Do I have to enroll in college right after I graduate from high school to receive the scholarship?

    No. However, you must enroll and earn college credit(s) no later than the fall term (as defined by the college) one academic year following high school graduation. For example, if you graduate in June 2021, you have until fall 2022 to enroll and earn college credit. Be sure you meet all the college’s deadlines for class registration and financial aid to complete enrollment.

    Which Financial Aid application should I file?

    File the FAFSA if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the most common category of eligible non-citizen is that of permanent resident (someone with a “green card”), but there are other categories as well. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at citizens.

    File the WASFA if you are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status. Find more information at

    When do I need to file the FAFSA or WASFA?
    The FAFSA and WASFA will open October 1 every year. If you plan to attend college in the 2021-2022 academic year, you should complete the FAFSA or WASFA as soon as possible after October 1, 2020 and should follow the specific deadlines of the college of your choice. This will ensure that you will receive maximum award you are eligible for. Your college may have additional forms they require for financial aid. To see a list of Washington colleges’ financial aid deadlines, visit the Washington Financial Aid Association’s website at WFAA Resources; look for FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlnes for Washington Colleges
    How much is the scholarship award?
    The College Bound Scholarship will combine with other state financial aid to cover tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance. Thus, the specific amount will vary based on the college and the types of state financial aid that the student is eligible for. However, the College Bound Scholarship commitment is that the costs mentioned above will be covered. Additional financial aid for college expenses beyond tuition will likely be offered. This additional aid may be in the form of federal grants, work study, scholarships, and loans. Students will receive their scholarship through their college or university as part of their financial aid award.

    Additional Scholarships for College Bound Students

    A few colleges in Washington have additional scholarships that will cover even more of your costs than the College Bound Scholarship itself. The information below is current as of 10.27.2017. Students interested in the following scholarships should apply to the schools according to the application deadlines and can contact Mrs. Stephens for the contact information of the college representatives. 
    PLU 253 College Bound Full Tuition Scholarship  
    Pacific Lutheran University offers a scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible and have a 3.3 or higher weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship. Note that the 3.3 is weighted; PLU will add value to any honors/ AP classes you might have taken, so even if your GPA is slightly under 3.3, you might still qualify. Also, if your GPA is now close to 3.3, try to raise it, and you could ask to be reconsidered. 
    Simply apply to PLU and complete the FAFSA or WASFA to be considered. Be sure you list PLU in your FAFSA. 
    See:  PLU 253 College Bound Scholarships for full details. 
    Seattle Pacific Falcon Bound Full Tuition Scholarship  
    To be eligible for this full tuition scholarship (covered by federal, state, and SPU grant and scholarship aid), students must: be eligible for the College Bound program; have a 1220 or higher on the SAT or a 25 composite or higher on the ACT or an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. To be considered, apply to SPU and submit the FAFSA with SPU listed as one of your schools. 
    Whitworth Bound Full Tuition Scholarship 
    Incoming freshmen who meet all requirements for the College Bound Scholarship may be entitled to receive the Whitworth Bound Scholarship, which covers 100 percent of Whitworth tuition (using federal, state and university funds). Admitted College Bound-eligible freshmen who submit their FAFSAs to Whitworth and have a 3.25 cumulative, weighted high school GPA will automatically receive the Whitworth Bound Scholarship, which can be renewed as long as the student maintains College Bound Scholarship eligibility and meets satisfactory academic-progress requirements. Note that this is a weighted GPA. If you have close to but under a 3.25, they may add to your GPA if you took honors or AP courses. 
    See Whitworth Bound Scholarship for details. Whitworth also offers talent scholarships for Music, Theater, Art, and a few more areas. 
    College Bound Website:  College Bound Scholarship on
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