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Why the state’s education “need grant” is failing the neediest students
The Washington State Need Grant helps undergraduate students in the lowest income brackets pursue degrees that will benefit their future. It supplements federal financial aid programs, which fail to allow for costs of living. These days, not everyone who needs the SNG is getting help from it.
Residents of Washington state who demonstrate a financial need, with a family income less than 70 percent of the state’s median (an increase from previous years) qualify for the SNG. Recipients must also submit an approved Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be registered for three credits in an eligible program during their first undergraduate degree pursuit. The amount rewarded to the student depends on their school’s tuition and fees.
The most recent release of the annual report on state financial aid programs, “Keeping College Affordable”
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