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Student Achievement Council

RCW 28A.600.100 through.150, and 28B.12, .45, .70, .76, .77, .85, .90, .92, .95, .97, .102, .105, .106, .108, .109, .110, .115, .116, .117, .118, .119, .120, .122, .133, .135, .145

The Legislature created the Washington Student Achievement Council in July 2012 (RCW 28B.77). The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. The Council has three main functions: 1) lead statewide strategic planning to increase educational attainment; 2) administer programs that help people access and pay for college; and 3) advocate for the economic, social, and civic benefits of higher education. Strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy includes: propose goals and recommend resources to increase educational attainment by means of a 10-year roadmap and a short-term strategic action plan; propose improvements and innovations needed to address the state’s evolving educational needs; advocate for higher education and educate the public on the economic, social, and civic benefits of postsecondary education; connect and align the work of educational programs, schools, and institutions to support student transitions from secondary and postsecondary education to the workforce; facilitate analysis and research to increase educational attainment and system development; assess the need for additional degrees and programs throughout the state; improve student success by setting minimum college admission standards and by supporting students' transitions through all phases of education; protect education consumers by authorizing out-of-state institutions to operate in Washington and by monitoring program quality and finances; represent the broad public interest above the interests of the individual institutions of higher education. Program administration includes: ensure the quality of state financial aid programs and services that support educational access and affordability; provide college savings opportunities through the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) and Dream Ahead programs; prepare under-represented middle- and high-school students for postsecondary education through early outreach and success programs such as College Bound and GEAR UP.

Agency Mission

The Washington Student Achievement Council advances educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. In pursuit of our mission, the Council leads statewide strategic planning to improve educational coordination and transitions; supports Washingtonians through the administration of financial aid, 529 college savings plans, and support services; advocates for the economic, social, and civic benefits of postsecondary education.
Request 935,778,000
Net change from current biennium 155,075,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 19.9% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
16,793,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Federal 12,262,805 16,793,000 16,969,000
816,740 516,740 General Fund - Basic Account - Private/Local 264,464 300,000 300,000
513,340,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 512,126,735 513,340,000 676,774,000
104,291,000 Education Legacy Trust Account - State 40,671,000 104,291,000 93,488,000
122,350,000 WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 170,034,627 122,350,000 116,262,000
208,000 Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - State 60,986 208,000 216,000
Opportunity Expansion Account - State 6,000,000
553,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 553,000 552,000
4,720,000 Health Prof Loan Repay/Scholar Prog - State 4,720,000 1,720,000
763,071,740 516,740 Total Appropriated Funds 741,420,617 762,555,000 906,281,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 18,141
State Financial Aid Account - Nonappropriated 607,569,590
Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - Nonappropriated 424,896
Opportunity Scholarship Match Trans - Nonappropriated 41,354,000
Medical Student Loan Account - Nonappropriated 732,000
Washington Colleg Savings Prog Acct - Nonappropriated 1,757,000
(465,000) Future Teacher Conditional Scholar - Nonappropriated 3,478,475 465,000 499,000
(4,178,000) Health Prof Loan Repay/Scholar Prog - Nonappropriated 3,539,407 4,178,000 11,366,000
(1,292,000) State Educational Trust Fund Acct - Nonappropriated 368,989 1,292,000 1,292,000
(12,063,000) Advanced Coll Tuition Payment Prog - Nonappropriated (662,158) 12,063,000 13,701,000
(150,000) 4 Yr Student Child Care Hi Ed Acct - Nonappropriated 148,896 150,000 150,000
Amer Indian Scholarship Endowment - Nonappropriated 25,936
(18,148,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 656,266,172 18,148,000 29,497,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 374,354,491 370,449,414 169,323,973 449,362,000 486,416,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
3,889,472 0.52% (215,462,599) (28.5%) 396,004,613 73.4%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 106.7 106.6 105.9 120.2 116.2