Washington will make public college tuition-free for families earning under approximately $50,000/year and significantly expand community colleges after the Legislature passed the Workforce Education Investment Act on Sunday, April 28. This major new workforce education investment will help people get the training and credentials they need for a family-wage job.
The Workforce Education Investment Act will give families making around $50,000 or less (55% of the state’s Median Family Income) a full-tuition scholarship to college or apprenticeship training by creating the Washington College Grant, which incorporates and expands on the State Need Grant. It also provides partial tuition scholarships to families earning up to 100% of Median Family Income (approximately $88,000 for a family of four). The program also invests in preparing Washington students for Washington jobs by expanding the successful Guided Pathways program at the state’s community and technical colleges and expanding high-demand degree programs across the state in fields such as nursing, engineering, and computer science.