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Grants

Types of College Grants

Grants are the best type of financial aid because they don't have to be paid back. To apply for government grants, you must first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on financial need, not grades or class rank.

State Need Grant

The State Need Grant is awarded based on financial need, not grades or class rank. There are more people eligible for the State Need Grant than there are funds available, so submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early. Check with your college financial aid office for priority deadlines.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant helps students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Program-specific Grants

Early Achievers Grant

The Early Achievers Grant helps employed child care providers and early learning educators complete certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education.

Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE)

Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE) can help eligible Basic Food Assistance recipients get training at Highline College, North Seattle College or South Seattle College.

Get Started

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for federal and state financial aid. Colleges use the FAFSA to determine your level of need.

For instructions on how to complete the FAFSA, visit the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial.

Once a college admits you and receives your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, it will offer you a financial aid package. This package will include different types of financial aid for the year. The financial aid office can help you and your family with the application process and answer any questions.

Washington state allows undocumented students to apply for the State Need Grant.

IMPORTANT: If you are an undocumented student, be sure to fill out the WASFA rather than the FAFSA. (WASFA stands for "Washington Application for State Financial Aid.")

Learn more about financial aid for undocumented students/DREAMers.

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