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The Washington College Grant (formerly Washington State Need Grant) program helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone their skills, or retrain for new careers. Students can use the grant at public two- and four-year colleges and universities and many accredited independent colleges, universities, and career schools in Washington.

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Guidelines and Policies

How to Apply

  1. Students will automatically be considered for a Washington College Grant when they file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students eligible for the Washington College Bound Scholarship receive priority funding for the Washington College Grant provided they apply in a timely manner as funds are limited.

  2. For more information about the Washington College Grant, check out its website at

  3. For answers to other questions, contact the Washington Student Achievement Council.


Students eligible for Washington College Grant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Washington state resident, for at least one year prior to starting attendance at DigiPen.

  • Provide documentation of residency verification (if dependent, one from student, and two from parent(s); if independent: two from student). For required verification, please visit, call, or email the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Meet State Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for Washington College Grant recipients is set forth and approved by the state of Washington and is different than DigiPen’s SAP policy.

  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

  • Have a family income of equal to or less than 70% of the state median (see chart below).

  • Enroll with a minimum of three credits as an undergraduate student in an eligible program.

  • Pursue a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or an associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.

  • Not exceed five years, and ten semesters, of Washington College Grant term usage or 125% of enrolled program length.

  • Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.

Students with family incomes equal to or less than 50% of the state median are eligible for up to 100% of the maximum grant. Students with family incomes between 51% and 70% of the state median are eligible for up to 70% of the maximum grant.


Grant amounts vary by the type of school attended and enrollment status.

Conditions of Award

The following are the conditions students agree to upon accepting a Washington College Grant.

  1. Students do not owe a refund or repayment on a Washington College Grant, a Pell Grant, or a Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, nor are they in default on a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under the Perkins, National Direct, or Federal Family Education Loan programs. In addition, they are not in default on a loan made through a state conditional loan or a conditional scholarship program.

  2. This grant is awarded to assist in meeting students’ educational expenses; should they withdraw from classes, repayment of all or a part of the grant may be required.

  3. Students can choose to voluntarily make financial contributions to the Higher Education Coordinating Board in recognition of this Washington College Grant. All voluntary contributions will be used to provide financial assistance to other students.

  4. The offer of a Washington State College Grant is subject to and conditioned upon the availability of funds. The Higher Education Coordinating Board and the institution through which this grant is awarded reserve the right to withdraw, reduce, or modify the grant due to funding limitations or due to changes in circumstances which affect students’ eligibility for the grant.

  5. Students are not pursuing a degree in theology.

To be eligible for state financial aid, state regulations require students to make satisfactory progress in an eligible degree or certificate program. Students must be in good academic standing with DigiPen Institute of Technology and the policy applies to all semesters that state aid was received. If a student is not meeting federal SAP regulations, it will also impact state aid eligibility.

If students do not meet the state requirements, they will be placed on financial aid warning or have their financial aid terminated. If placed on warning, students must make satisfactory progress in their next two semesters of enrollment or their state financial aid eligibility will be terminated.

General Policy Requirements


All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 of higher.

Minimum Credits Completed

To establish and maintain eligibility for financial aid, students must pass a minimum number of credits each semester and a minimum number of credits for the academic year, whether or not they receive aid. Generally, students must pass half-time credits for each semester and the equivalent credits related to enrollment/financial aid status by the end of the academic year.

Completion of Credits

You must complete:Warning status if you only complete:Cancel status if you complete less than:
Full-time (12+ credits)12 credits/semester6-11 credits/semester6 credits/semester
3/4 time (9-11 credits)9 credits/semester5-8 credits/semester5 credits/semester
1/2 time (6-8 credits)6 credits/semester3-5 credits/semester3 credits/semester
Less than 6 creditsAll credits registeredNo warning semester availableAll credits registered

Grades of I (incomplete), AU (audit), W (withdrawal), F (failure), FN (failure for never attending), and FS (failure for stopping attendance) do not count as completed credits.

a) Semester: Students are expected to complete all credits for which they enroll. Credit completion progress will be reviewed each semester and status will be determined according to the chart above. (Two consecutive warning semesters will result in termination of state aid.)

b) Annual: The annual requirement is based on the student’s enrollment and state aid received. Generally, a student who attempts full-time enrollment for two semesters each year must pass at least 24 credits by the end of spring semester.

All credits attempted, including credits attempted before the student applied for or received financial aid, are monitored at the end of each academic year or before financial aid is awarded for the academic year.

Maximum Time Frame

Students can receive state financial aid to complete their program of study, up to 125% of the published credits required to complete the program. All attempted courses are counted, including: incompletes, withdrawals, repeated courses, and transfer credits. When students have completed their program or have attempted 125% of the credits in their program, they will be ineligible for state aid. Students in programs with additional required courses to complete the degree or who have exceptional circumstances that prevented them from completing their degree within the time frame can submit an appeal.

In cases where students need to take required prerequisite courses in order to to enter classes in their program, an exception to the time frame can be made by submitting an appeal to the Office of Financial Aid.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

Probation Status and Warning

Students who do not meet the State Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements outlined above will be put on their first warning status and receive a written warning that they must improve their academic performance in order to maintain state financial aid eligibility. Students on warning status for unsatisfactory academic progress must make satisfactory progress within their next two semesters of enrollment. Students must be enrolled in at least 3 credits to receive state aid and must complete all credits for which they receive financial aid with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Students who have two consecutive warning semesters, or who fail to complete the minimum number of credits for which they have registered (see Completion of Credits table, above), will have their financial aid eligibility terminated. Students who lose eligibility must reinstate their eligibility using one of the two options described below.

Reinstatement of Eligibility

When aid has been canceled due to unsatisfactory academic progress, students may use one of the following options to reinstate eligibility in their next semester of enrollment.

  1. Students can re-establish their financial aid eligibility after successfully enrolling in and completing (without receiving state aid) at least 3 credits. Students must complete all credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  2. Students may appeal the cancellation of their financial aid by indicating in writing to the Office of Financial Aid (a) reasons why they did not achieve academic standards and (b) reasons why their aid eligibility should not be terminated or should be reinstated. Students should include appropriate documentation (letters from physicians or instructors, etc.) to support the statements in an appeal. Each appeal will be considered as precedent. Financial aid cannot be reinstated for a prior semester.

Reinstatement: 125% Maximum Time Frame

Students who have attempted the maximum time frame of 125% of the required credits but have not completed their program are considered to not be making satisfactory progress and thus become ineligible for additional state aid. Students with exceptional circumstances may submit an appeal for additional eligibility along with an Educational Plan from their academic advisor. The appeal must explain the exceptional circumstance that prevented them from completing the program within the maximum number of credits. An Educational Plan signed by the advisor and listing the remaining courses required to complete the degree is helpful in making a determination and in some cases may be required. Appeals will be considered only for the remaining required coursework.

Transfer Students

Credits from prior schools that are accepted and applied towards a degree at DigiPen Institute of Technology will be counted in the total maximum time frame limits of eligibility for aid at DigiPen Institute of Technology. Until an official Transfer Credit Evaluation is completed by the Registrar, all prior credits will be assumed to be transferable.

Withdrawal and Unofficial Withdrawal

Students who officially or unofficially withdraw from classes after receiving state financial aid may be required to pay the funds back to the financial aid program(s). Unpaid amounts due will be referred to our Business office for collection. Students are ineligible for further financial aid until the previous funds are repaid.

Additional Information

Second Degree Program

Students are eligible to receive state aid for multiple associate degrees as well as their first bachelor’s degree. Quarters of Eligibility Remaining (QER) will still apply to all associate programs as well as a first bachelor’s program. Students can receive a maximum of ten semesters of state aid. Students in their second bachelor’s program are ineligible for state aid.

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