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Top 62 Washington Scholarships in March 2024

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Updated: March 3rd, 2024

Known for its beautiful scenery and majestic national parks, Washington State is also home to a number of amazing colleges and universities. Luckily, Washington scholarships are available for students all throughout the Evergreen State! Keep reading to learn more about how you can help fund your education while attending school in the beautiful state of Washington!

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Washington College Grant

Offered by Washington Student Achievement Council

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Washington Student Achievement Council

Are you a Washington resident and incoming post-secondary student? If so, the Washington College Grant may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the…Show More

Are you a Washington resident and incoming post-secondary student? If so, the Washington College Grant may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the…Show More

Are you a Washington resident and incoming post-secondary student? If so, the Washington College Grant may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the grant is awarded to multiple Washington residents who will soon be enrolling in certificate programs, job training, apprenticeships, or college. The amount of scholarship money that each applicant may receive is dependent upon their family size, income, and the cost of their program. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must complete either the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) or the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're a Washington resident and incoming certificate program, job training, apprenticeship, or college student, keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

AFCEA DC STEM Scholarships

Offered by AFCEA DC

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 17, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior & College Sophomore

Offered by AFCEA DC

The AFCEA DC STEM Scholarships are here to support Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. residents' dreams of higher education in the exciting STEM fields. If…Show More

The AFCEA DC STEM Scholarships are here to support Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. residents' dreams of higher education in the exciting STEM fields. If…Show More

The AFCEA DC STEM Scholarships are here to support Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. residents' dreams of higher education in the exciting STEM fields. If you're a graduating high school senior or a second-year student in a two-year community college looking to transition to a four-year college or university, this scholarship is for you. As long as you meet the above requirements and have been accepted to a U.S.-accredited college or university to pursue a full-time STEM curriculum, you're eligible to apply. Eligible fields of study include computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, cybersecurity, management information systems, various types of engineering, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)-related fields of study. So, if you're a STEM-minded, college-bound student from Maryland, Virginia, or D.C., we encourage you to apply. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 17, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior & College Sophomore
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Emmett Comer Scholarship

Offered by Washington Homeschool Organization

1 award worth up to $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Washington Homeschool Organization

Are you a college-bound, homeschooled, high school senior who is a member of the Washington Homeschool Organization? If so, consider applying for the Emmett Comer…Show More

Are you a college-bound, homeschooled, high school senior who is a member of the Washington Homeschool Organization? If so, consider applying for the Emmett Comer…Show More

Are you a college-bound, homeschooled, high school senior who is a member of the Washington Homeschool Organization? If so, consider applying for the Emmett Comer Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $1,000 to the applicant who submits the best ~500-word essay answering either (1) "How homeschooling has prepared [them] for the future" or (2) "What advantages you have experienced through your homeschool education." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth up to $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Esperanza Fund Scholarship

Offered by Esperanza Education Fund 

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Esperanza Education Fund 

Are you an immigrant or the child of immigrants living in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) Metro Area who is a high…Show More

Are you an immigrant or the child of immigrants living in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) Metro Area who is a high…Show More

Are you an immigrant or the child of immigrants living in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) Metro Area who is a high school senior? If so, you might consider applying for the Esperanza Fund Scholarship! This scholarship is funded by Esperanza Education Fund, an organization that strives to help immigrant students achieve their dreams through higher education. Each year, 10 lucky students are awarded the Esperanza Fund Scholarship to help pay for their higher education. If you are a high-achieving student who was born outside of the U.S. or has two parents who were born outside of the U.S, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Illuminating Engineering Society of North America-San Francisco Section

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Offered by Illuminating Engineering Society of North America-San Francisco Section

The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship annually awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to college upperclassmen and graduate students who are attending a university in Northern…Show More

The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship annually awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to college upperclassmen and graduate students who are attending a university in Northern…Show More

The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship annually awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to college upperclassmen and graduate students who are attending a university in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington, and desire to pursue illumination as a career. Graduate applicants must be undertaking a lighting-centered project as part of work towards a graduate degree. To apply, interested students must submit a Statement of Purpose with respect to their lighting education and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation, at least one of which shall be from someone involved with lighting professionally or academically. If you're a college upperclassman or graduate student in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington, and desire to pursue illumination as a career, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Martin Achievement Scholarship

Offered by University of Washington

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $41,000
Deadline Apr 6, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman

Offered by University of Washington

The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state…Show More

The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state…Show More

The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state residents, have earned a minimum of 15 community college transfer credits at a community college in the state of Washington by the scholarship application deadline, and have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in sciences, engineering, math, business, humanities, social sciences, music, art (all academic disciplines are supported), leadership and/or service to the community. Please note that students must apply for this scholarship nearly 1.5 years in advance of when they would hope to transfer to UW. With that said, if you're a Washington state first-year community college student with dreams of being a Husky, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $41,000
Deadline Apr 6, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman
Get Started

George & Susan Carter Scholarship

Offered by Washington Wine Industry Foundation

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 12, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Washington Wine Industry Foundation

The George & Susan Carter Scholarship annually awards a $1,000, auto-renewing scholarship to one Washington state resident/student pursuing a post-secondary degree in viticulture or enology.…Show More

The George & Susan Carter Scholarship annually awards a $1,000, auto-renewing scholarship to one Washington state resident/student pursuing a post-secondary degree in viticulture or enology.…Show More

The George & Susan Carter Scholarship annually awards a $1,000, auto-renewing scholarship to one Washington state resident/student pursuing a post-secondary degree in viticulture or enology. This scholarship was created to help students of limited means achieve their educational goals by providing financial assistance for up to four years of study at the associate, bachelor, or graduate level. To learn more about the George & Susan Carter Scholarship, we recommend checking out this summary of each of the WWIF’s Scholarship’s Requirements. If you’re a student from and attending school in Washington State with a passion for studying viticulture or enology, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 12, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Eddison Hermond Memorial Scholarship Fund

Offered by Maryland Restaurant Association Education Foundation

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline Apr 14, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Maryland Restaurant Association Education Foundation

The Eddison Hermond Memorial Scholarship Fund annually awards between $1,000 and $2,500 to multiple Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Delaware residents who are currently in…Show More

The Eddison Hermond Memorial Scholarship Fund annually awards between $1,000 and $2,500 to multiple Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Delaware residents who are currently in…Show More

The Eddison Hermond Memorial Scholarship Fund annually awards between $1,000 and $2,500 to multiple Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and Delaware residents who are currently in their final year of high school or enrolled in college and pursuing hospitality-related coursework. The scholarship is presented by the Restaurant Association of Maryland to honor the life of Eddie Hermond. Eddie was a longtime manager of Victoria Gastro Pub, Manor Hill Tavern, and an active member of the Maryland National Guard who lost his life in the 2018 flood in Ellicott City while trying to save the life of another. If you are a Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, or Delaware resident who will soon be or is currently pursuing hospitality-related coursework, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline Apr 14, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Washington CPA Foundation Associate Accounting Scholarships

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Washington CPA Foundation

20 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 14, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by Washington CPA Foundation

Introducing the Washington CPA Foundation Associate Accounting Scholarships – an incredible opportunity exclusively for Washington state students who will be entering their first or second…Show More

Introducing the Washington CPA Foundation Associate Accounting Scholarships – an incredible opportunity exclusively for Washington state students who will be entering their first or second…Show More

Introducing the Washington CPA Foundation Associate Accounting Scholarships – an incredible opportunity exclusively for Washington state students who will be entering their first or second year of college in the upcoming Fall. Applicants must also be planning to major in Accounting or be considering Accounting as a major. If you’re a current high school senior or in your first year of college and plan to enroll in a Washington state college/university in the upcoming Fall, we encourage you to apply. Don’t miss out on this chance to fuel your academic journey and pave the way for a successful future in accounting!Show Less

20 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 14, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

INCIGHT Scholarship

Offered by INCIGHT

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by INCIGHT

The INCIGHT Scholarship is funded by INCIGHT, an organization that unlocks the potential of individuals with disabilities through employment, education, and independence. Every year, their…Show More

The INCIGHT Scholarship is funded by INCIGHT, an organization that unlocks the potential of individuals with disabilities through employment, education, and independence. Every year, their…Show More

The INCIGHT Scholarship is funded by INCIGHT, an organization that unlocks the potential of individuals with disabilities through employment, education, and independence. Every year, their INCIGHT Scholarship awards $500 to multiple Washington, Oregon, and California residents who will be attending institutions of higher education and have any type of disability. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship

Offered by Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation

Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing…Show More

Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing…Show More

Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing medicine in the Northwest? If so, consider applying for the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards at least $10,000 each to multiple osteopathic medical students who can demonstrate a commitment to practicing medicine in the Northwest, an understanding of osteopathic principles and practices, and previous volunteer leadership. While applicants do not need to be from the Pacific Northwest themselves, select scholarships will be reserved for applicants from Alaska, Montana, and Washington who are dedicated to returning to their home states, as well as a scholarship for a female student from Oregon who is attending the WesternU Oregon Campus College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR. If you're an osteopathic medical student passionate about practicing medicine in the Pacific Northwest, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship

Offered by Washington Thoroughbred Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Washington Thoroughbred Foundation

The Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to Washington state residents OR students attending a Washington school from any background wishing to pursue a…Show More

The Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to Washington state residents OR students attending a Washington school from any background wishing to pursue a…Show More

The Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to Washington state residents OR students attending a Washington school from any background wishing to pursue a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine practice only), equine science, racetrack management, equine business management or pasture management as it pertains to horse farms, equine or racetrack marketing and/or communications and other related fields. If you're a Washingtonian pursuing an equine-related career, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started
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How to win Washington scholarships

In order to win Washington scholarships, you should look for scholarship opportunities that reflect your interests. Additionally, you should then connect your interest back to the grand state of Washington. 

For example, you can apply for an environmental conservation scholarship and discuss your passion for nature because you used to hike in Olympic National Park every weekend. Combining your own interests and the unique qualities of Washington can give you a leg up on the competition and help you to win Washington scholarships.

Resources for writing scholarship essays

Some Washington scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself in order to win Washington scholarships. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships and our overview of common scholarship essay prompts to help ensure you are prepared to win Washington scholarships! Everything you need is at your fingertips with Scholarships360 from guides on how to start a scholarship essay to how to write a 500 word essay

Washington student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, Washington residents owe $28 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $35,510 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 49.3% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Keep on reading to learn more about top scholarships in Washington, as well as merit scholarships from colleges in Washington!

Merit scholarships at Washington colleges and universities

Washington State University

  • Eligibility: Award scholarships based on academic interest, talent, financial need, community service, leadership, career ambitions, campus involvement and other considerations
  • Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition 
  • Deadline: January 31

Seattle University

  • Eligibility: First-year Seattle University students who have strong admissions applications
  • Amount: $13,000 up to $30,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Seattle University

Whitman College

  • Eligibility: Incoming Whitman College students who have excelled academically
  • Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Whitman College

Western Washington University

  • Eligibility: Awards are based on information provided in the application including GPA, personal statement, essay and activities
  • Amount: $2,000 up to $8,000
  • Deadline: Varies

Central Washington University

  • Eligibility: First-year and transfer students with a 3.0+ high school GPA
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $3,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Central Washington University

Gonzaga University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with criteria being reviewed such as difficulty of curriculum, GPA, extracurricular activities, recommendations, quality of writing in the application and option SAT or ACT scores
  • Amount: $14,000 up to $25,000
  • Deadline: Varies

Walla Walla University

  • Eligibility: Varying eligibility depending on scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500 up to $35,595
  • Deadline: Varies

University of Washington 

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with strong academic pursuits, research activities, community service and/or musical talents
  • Amount: $1,500 up to $10,000
  • Deadline: Varies

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition provides students with a lower cost compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Washington universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

Western Washington University

  • In-state tuition: $7,761
  • Out-of-state tuition: $25,668

University of Washington

  • In-state tuition: $12,242
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,740

Washington State University

  • In-state tuition: $29,944
  • Out-of-state tuition: $45,628

How do you get in-state tuition? 

It is clear that in-state tuition is a cheaper option when compared to out-of-state tuition for Washington public institutions. So, how can you get Washington residency for in-state tuition purposes? In order to receive Washington residency, you must physically reside in the state of Washington for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the quarter that you are seeking residency for. Additionally, you must relinquish all valid legal ties with your former state of residence and create these legal ties with the state of Washington. This includes receiving a Washington driver’s license, registering your vehicle in Washington and registering to vote in Washington.

In addition, students under the age of 24 are considered dependent for tuition purposes, unless they can show that they are financially independent from their parents or legal guardians. Therefore, if a student’s parents or legal guardians move to Washington and establish residency, the student may also be eligible for in-state tuition. 

Does Washington have tuition reciprocity?

Yes, Washington state does have tuition reciprocity.  Washington is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) which allows students to pay 150% of a state’s resident tuition which is usually significantly lower than full nonresident tuition. 

Additional Washington resources

FAFSA Guide

On October 1st of every year, the FAFSA opens. In Washington State, students should apply as soon as possible for the best financial assistance.

Washington College Promise Scholarship

The Washington College Promise Program offers scholarships to 65 public and independent colleges and universities in the Evergreen State. The scholarship allows students to graduate with the least amount of debt while pursuing their college degree.

Washington Student Achievement Council

A great website with lots of resources for incoming college students! You can find need-based programs, merit-based programs and workforce programs catered to Washington residents. 

Keep reading

Keep reading for a few more scholarship opportunities for you to apply for. For students seeking financial assistance for college, scholarships are a great way to avoid taking loans. Students should consider applying for scholarships that are specifically designed for their demographic. Women, high school seniors, and Black students can take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships require essays and applications, but others are no-essay or easy to apply for scholarships. Scholarships360 is here to provide valuable resources and access to scholarships for all students! Good luck on your scholarship applications and educational journey!

Frequently asked questions about Washington scholarships

Do I need to be a Washington resident to qualify for Washington scholarships?

Many Washington scholarships require that applicants be Washington residents or attend a Washington public university or college. However, there are some scholarships that are open to non-Washington residents as well. Ultimately, make sure you are researching your scholarships and ensuring you fit the eligibility criteria for them.

Can international students in Washington state apply for scholarships?

Some scholarships in Washington state may be available to international students while others are specifically for U.S. citizens. You should check the eligibility requirements for each scholarship to determine if you are eligible to apply.

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