The goal of the Opportunity Grant is to help low-income adults reach the educational tipping point — and beyond — in high-wage, high-demand careers. Reaching the tipping point allows the least prepared individuals to complete 45 credits, receive a credential, and increase job skills and knowledge through career pathways. The approved high-wage, high-demand career pathways provide a minimum beginning wage of $13 per hour in Washington State, except a minimum $15 per hour in King County.
Eligible students pursuing approved pathways may receive funds to cover tuition and mandatory fees up to 45 credits and up to $1,000 per academic year for books and supplies. The amounts listed are for the lifetime of the grant within any community college in Washington State.
Individual student support services are an important part of the program and may include a single point of contact, one-on-one tutoring, career advising, college success classes, emergency childcare, and emergency transportation. Legislation allows $1,500 for these “wrap-around” services.
Who Qualifies for the Opportunity Grant?
Students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a Washington State resident.
- Must have a completed and current year FAFSA/WASFA.
- Family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal level for the lifetime of the grant.
- Must be at a 2.0 GPA (good academic standing).
- Cannot be receiving active Vet benefits, state assistance, or other third party aid that cover tuition and books.
- Students who have not earned a prior certificate and/or degree. (Students with Bachelor's, AA degrees, or a certificate can be considered for Opportunity Grant on a funds available basis. Students who have not earned a certificate and/or degree will always have priority.)
- Must be in one of the following eligible non-transfer programs of study:
Students must demonstrate financial need and meet the listed guidelines in the chart below.
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