Grants

Federal, state and institutional grants for undergraduate students provide financial aid funding that does not need to be repaid. SPSCC offers the following grants:

Federal Grants

SPSCC participates in the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant programs.  Resident and nonresident students may qualify for these federal grants.

  • Federal Pell Grant: Awarded based on financial need. Students may receive the Pell Grant for a maximum of three (3) full-time (12 credits or more) quarters per academic year. The grant is prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Eligibility is limited to a lifetime maximum of 18 full-time quarters.
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant: Awarded based on financial need. Students may receive the Pell Grant for a maximum of three (3) full-time (12 credits or more) quarters per academic year. The grant is prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Eligibility is limited to a lifetime maximum of 18 full-time quarters.
  • WorkFirst Grant: A federal funding resource designed to support students who are TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients.
  • BFET: The Basic, Food, Employment, and Training is a federally funded program that is designed to help remove barriers and provide students with access to education and skills training opportunities.

State Grants

The State of Washington provides financial aid grant assistance to resident students. Funds are limited. Priority is established by your financial aid application completion date.

  • Washington State Need Grant: Awarded to eligible Washington State residents up to the cost of tuition. Students may also receive funding to cover a small portion of child care expenses. Eligibility at South Puget Sound Community College is limited to eight (8) full-time quarters. Students that have earned an AA or AAS/AAT/AFA degree in the past five (5) years are not eligible to receive the State Need Grant.
  • College Bound Scholarship: Awarded in combination with other state financial aid to cover the average cost of tuition, fees, and a partial book allowance. The scholarship is available to students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade and meet specific eligibility requirements. Information is available online at  www.wsac.wa.gov.
  • DREAMers Grant: The Dreamers Grant is a Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the residency criteria.
  • Opportunity Grant: A state funded program that helps to remove barriers and provide access to low-income students who are Washington state residents, with access to education and training opportunities in high wage, high demand fields.
  • Passport to College: A funding resource from the state of Washington for foster youth who are under 22 and are emancipated from the foster care system.
  • Worker Retraining Grant: A state funding resource designed to help remove barriers and provide eligible unemployed or underemployed students with access to education and skills training opportunities that provide them with the ability to re-enter the workforce.

Institutional Need Based Grant

SPSCC reserves a percentage of tuition revenue and offers these funds to Washington resident students in the form of institutional grants and tuition waivers. SPSCC offers the following institutional grants and waivers:

  • South Puget Sound Community College Grant: Awarded to eligible Washington State residents based on financial need. The grant is available to students enrolled in three (3) credits or more per quarter.