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Student Achievement Council

RCW 28A.600.100 through.150, and 28B.12, .15, .45, .70, .76, .77, .85, .90, .92, .94, .95, .96, .97, .99, .102, .103, .105, .108, .109, .110, .115, .116, .117, .118, .120, .122, .133, .135, .145

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.

Agency Mission

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.
Request 1,133,179,000
Net change from current biennium 121,400,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 12.0% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
16,965,000 General Fund - Federal 8,342,561 16,965,000 16,799,000
838,493 538,493 General Fund - Private/Local 167,503 300,000 300,000
574,871,000 General Fund - State 512,639,446 574,871,000 541,229,000
93,488,000 Education Legacy Trust Account - State 104,291,000 93,488,000 85,488,000
1,500,000 1,500,000 State Financial Aid Account - State
114,229,000 WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 119,742,755 114,229,000 167,454,000
216,000 Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - State 103,866 216,000 210,000
Opportunity Expansion Account - State
180,504,000 Workforce Education Investment Acc - State 180,504,000 287,378,000
552,000 552,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 553,000
1,720,000 Health Prof Loan Repay/Scholar Prog - State 4,720,000 1,720,000 1,720,000
6,000,000 6,000,000 State Educational Trust Fund Acct - State
990,883,493 8,590,493 Total Appropriated Funds 750,560,131 982,293,000 1,100,578,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
State Financial Aid Account - Nonappropriated 638,463,031
Aerospace Training Student Loan Acc - Nonappropriated 286,775
Opportunity Scholarship Match Trans - Nonappropriated 18,529,758
(732,000) Medical Student Loan Account - Nonappropriated 732,000 732,000
Student Loan Advocate Account - Nonappropriated 350,000
Behavioral Health Loan Repay Prog A - Nonappropriated 1,850,000
(1,759,000) Washington Colleg Savings Prog Acct - Nonappropriated 1,205,145 1,759,000 2,053,000
(498,000) Educator Conditional Scholarship - Nonappropriated 3,304,351 498,000 457,000
(11,366,000) Health Prof Loan Repay/Scholar Prog - Nonappropriated 4,302,440 11,366,000 12,285,000
(1,292,000) State Educational Trust Fund Acct - Nonappropriated 101,586 1,292,000 1,292,000
(13,689,000) Advanced Coll Tuition Payment Prog - Nonappropriated 542,402,479 13,689,000 13,432,000
(150,000) 4 Yr Student Child Care Hi Ed Acct - Nonappropriated 146,459 150,000 150,000
Amer Indian Scholarship Endowment - Nonappropriated 29,526
(29,486,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 1,208,771,549 29,486,000 32,601,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 397,660,542 447,755,271 236,479,445 566,713,000 566,466,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
18,892,111 2.5% (83,875,240) (10.9%) 448,944,284 65.6%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 110.2 108.3 102.6 122.3 118.3