110,000 Washington Students a Year Will Get Money for College, Many a Free Ride

May 10, 2019 / Heather Nahmias

The Seattle Times - Education Lab

by Katherine Long

May 5, 2019


Starting in 2020, more Washington residents will be able to attend college for less money. For many, it will be free.

About 110,000 low-to median-income students will qualify for help each year, including adults who never got a degree and want to go to school. There will be no more financial-aid wait lists.

The changes come from a sweeping higher education bill that passed along with the Legislature’s budget last weekend, which will help families who make up to the state’s median income – just under $92,000 for a family of four. It has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, who called on the Legislature to expand financial aid, but already, experts are calling it nationally significant.


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