Lawmaker says college aid program needs funding
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s largest college aid program would get more money and a new name under a proposal heard in a key budget committee.
The Spokesman-Review reports the State Need Grant, which offers scholarships for low-income students, would eventually cover all eligible students under the new name: the Washington Promise Scholarship.
Although the program covered 68,205 students last year, 22,600 who were eligible received nothing because money ran out.
Sen. Guy Palumbo, a Democrat from Maltby, was the prime sponsor of the Washington Promise legislation. He says coming up with the money is a top priority this year.
The proposal would retain the same eligibility requirements as the State Need Grant.
Students from a family between 51 and 70 percent of the state’s median family income would receive a prorated award.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com