Financial Aid

Choosing an academic program that supports your career goals is an important decision. Early Achievers Grants and Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals are two student financial aid resources that are prioritized for students who are employed by Early Achievers facilities.

Check with your college to find out about these and additional financial aid options. A degree in ECE is affordable with the many financial aid opportunities available. 

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid 101

What is financial aid? How does it work? Find information about that here!

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Financial Aid Facts

Find out about 2017-18 financial aid facts here. 

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Federal Student Aid

Get help paying for college. Submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who are interested in grants, work-study, and student loans must fill out a FAFSA. The FAFSA also determines eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant. 

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Washington Application for State Financial Aid

Low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's residency and eligibility requirements may apply for the Washington State Need Grant by filling out the free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

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College Goal Washington

If you need assistance applying for financial aid, help is available! College Goal Washington is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete the FAFSA or the WASFA. Events take place throughout the state each January and February. To find a site near you, please visit the link below.

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Scholarships

Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals is a comprehensive scholarship program that supports early learning professionals who wish to expand and enrich their expertise in early childhood education. This scholarship supports students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree or coaching credential.

For more information, contact us at scholarships@wa.childcareaware.org or 866-308-3224.

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Early Achievers Grants

This scholarship program is administered by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. It supports students pursuing an associate's degree or an Early Childhood Education stackable certificate. Applications are available through participating Washington community and technical colleges.

To apply, please contact an Early Achievers Grant point of contact. Follow the link below for a list of program contacts. 

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Opportunity Grant

Many colleges offer general opportunity grants. Please check with your local college for more details. 

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The Washboard

The Washboard is a free scholarship matching service that helps connect Washington residents with scholarships. Scholarship seekers fill out a profile, and The Washboard matches you with scholarships that fit. 

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Washington Student Achievement Council

Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.

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Ready, Set, Grad

Ready, Set, Grad is a website managed by the Washington Student Achievement Council. It includes information about how to apply to and pay for college in Washington State. 

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