The Washington Student Achievement Council was created in 2012 as the successor agency to the Higher Education Coordinating Board (Ch. 28B.77 RCW). The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. The Council itself is comprised of nine members. Four members represent each of Washington’s major education sectors: four-year public baccalaureates, four-year private colleges, public community and technical colleges, and K-12 public schools. Five are citizen members appointed by the Governor, including one current student. WSAC, as an agency, 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 ten-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 institutions to operate in Washington and by monitoring program quality and finances; represent the broad public interest above the interests of 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 underrepresented middle and high school students for postsecondary education through early outreach and success programs such as College Bound and GEAR UP.
The Washington Student Achievement Council advances educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. In pursuit of our mission, WSAC leads statewide strategic planning to improve educational coordination and transitions; supports Washingtonians through the administration of financial aid, college savings plans, and support services; and advocates for the economic, social, and civic benefits of postsecondary education.
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Operating Budget: Summary
General Fund - Federal
General Fund - Private/Local
General Fund - State
Education Legacy Trust Account - State
State Financial Aid Account - State
WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State
Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - State
Opportunity Expansion Account - State
Workforce Education Investment Acc - State
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State
Health Prof Loan Repay/Scholar Prog - State
State Educational Trust Fund Acct - State
Total Appropriated Funds
2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds
State Financial Aid Account - Nonappropriated
Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - Nonappropriated
Opportunity Scholarship Match Trans - Nonappropriated
Medical Student Loan Account - Nonappropriated
Student Loan Advocate Account - Nonappropriated
Behavioral Health Loan Repay Prog A - Nonappropriated
Washington Colleg Savings Prog Acct - Nonappropriated