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College Bound Scholarship Program

The 2020-21 FAFSA and WASFA are now available! Students can complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov or the WASFA at www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa. The colleges that students apply to will use the information they provide on their financial aid applications to determine their eligibility for the scholarship. For more information regarding the scholarship requirements, visit www.collegebound.wa.gov.

The College Bound Scholarship is a commitment of state financial aid to cover estimated tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees and a small book allowance. To qualify, students must have completed a College Bound Scholarship application in 7th/8th grade and meet income eligibility requirements as they enroll in college by completing the FAFSA or WASFA. Additionally, students must graduate from a Washington high school or approved home school program with at least a 2.0 and enroll in college within 1 year of high school graduation.


Accessing your College Bound Scholarship

Attention:  High School College Bound Scholarship Students  (Posted 9/19/2019)


Both the FAFSA and WASFA will open on October 1, 2019. This will allow students to apply for college admission and financial aid at the same time. Students and families will use their 2018 tax information on either the FAFSA or WASFA.


The first Listserv to College Bound high school students has gone out to those who provided their email address. Unfortunately, College Bound does not have email addresses for all students. College Bound students, please contact them at collegebound@wsac.wa.gov so they can be sure your records are up-to-date. Students and families can also reach the College Bound Scholarship site at 888-535-0747, opt. 1 with any updates to your information.

Whitworth college guarantees that any student who is eligible for the College Bound Scholarship and has a 3.25 cumulative, weighted high school GPA will have 100 percent of their tuition covered at Whitworth.  Whatever amount of tuition a student owes after factoring in state and federal grants, Whitworth promises to cover for four years.


College Bound has started a texting service to support seniors with their financial aid applications. The service, which we call “Otterbot,” is available 24/7.

If students have a cellphone number listed on their College Bound application, they will get texts sent to them directly. They can opt-out of the Otterbot messages at any time. 

Students can also text 360-928-7281 and say, “Hi Otter!” to get connected.