College Bound Scholarship deadline near for 8th-graders


Eighth-graders from low-income families can sign up for the College Bound Scholarship program until June 30.

The College Bound Scholarship program, which is administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, pays college tuition, fees and a $500 book allowance to eligible students who graduate from high school, enroll in college and meet other requirements.

This year’s seventh-graders may also sign up for the program, although they still have another year to complete the process. Eligible eighth-graders who don’t complete their applications by June 30 will lose their chance to receive future college financial help under the program.

To be eligible, a Washington student must meet income requirements for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program, be a foster youth, or be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. As part of the signup process, students commit to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship and seek admission to an approved two- or four-year college or university, or an approved private career school.

Continued financial eligibility and compliance with other conditions of the program will be rechecked prior to awarding College Bound Scholarship money.

Students and parents who want to sign up should contact their local school counselor or the HECB by calling (888) 535-0747 or emailing collegebound@hecb.wa.gov.

Additional program information is available on visit the HECB website at www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.