Have more questions? The State Need Grant program staff at the Washington Student Achievement Council will be happy to help!

Phone: 1-888-535-0747, option 3

Ready Set Grad

Ready Set Grad is a program to help ensure every student in Washington State has access to the tools, information, and support they need to graduate high school and make college accessible and affordable. New for 2016-17: Starting October 1, 2016, students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA or WASFA. This means you will no longer wait until January to file for financial aid. If you have filled out the FAFSA then you do not need to file a WASFA application. 


The State Need Grant (SNG) program provides need-based financial aid to income-eligible students pursuing postsecondary education. Eligible students have a household income that is less than 70 percent of the state's median family income.

  • Be a Washington State resident.
  • Enroll in an eligible program with a minimum of three credits as an undergraduate student.
  • Pursue a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or a first associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not exceed five years of SNG term usage or 125% of enrolled program length.
  • Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.

Grant recipients can use the financial aid at Washington's eligible institutions, including public two- and four-year colleges and universities and many accredited private/independent colleges, universities, and career schools in the state.

The application process for the State Need Grant is simple. All you need to do is complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. To apply online or review your status go to

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to your immigration status, you still may be eligible to apply for the State Need Grant by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). 


New users completing the WASFA questionnaire for the first time will be asked a series of questions to determine if the WASFA is the appropriate financial aid application. If it is, the WASFA application is provided. If not, a link to the FAFSA is provided. 

Requirements for Eligibility: 

  • A Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID, Work Authorization, or hold Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) status from the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Residency in Washington for at least one year prior to college enrollment. 
  • The completion of a Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA)
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