Grants are federal, state and institutional funds awarded on the basis of need, which do not have to be repaid. Most grant programs are from limited annual allocations and award priority is determined by financial need. Below are the most common types of grants that are offered at the University of Washington Tacoma for eligible students.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students. This is the largest federal student grant program. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Your annual award amount is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed on the Student Aid Report (SAR), which is e-mailed directly to you after you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Grants are for undergraduates with low family contributions, eligible for the Pell Grant.
Washington College Grants, which come from state government revenue, are offered to undergraduate Washington residents with financial need who meet the eligibility requirements. Eligibility is determined using a methodology established by the state and administered by the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC). Please visit WSAC’s web page for information on program rules and eligibility formulas. Please note, that in addition to satisfactory academic progress rules, students can receive no more than 15 full-time quarters of WCG in their lifetime.
Tuition Exemption and University Grants are for Washington resident undergraduate students in state-funded programs. These grants are not available to students in fee-based programs. Keep in mind to receive University Grants students must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) each quarter.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides federal grants for students who teach as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, this grant converts to an unsubsidized loan you must repay. If you are in a major that leads directly to an initial teaching certificate and are interested in this program, please visit the Teach Grant site to review the details of this program.