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Start Next Quarter

Start Next Quarter is a simple, online survey that can pre-qualify you for college funding. The short, anonymous survey lets you know if you qualify for Worker Retraining or Basic Food Employment & Training funds, or an Opportunity Grant.

Opportunity Grants

The Opportunity Grant program is intended to assist low-income students enroll in college for training in high-wage, high-demand career pathways.  All pathways approved under the Opportunity Grant program provide a minimum beginning wage of $13.00 per hour.  Students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant program may be eligible to receive assistance with tuition, fees, books, and some supplies.  The grant may pay for up to a total of 45 credits over a period of three years.

General Student Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for an Opportunity Grant, students must be pursuing an approved pathway, be a Washington State resident, meet the income guidelines, have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filed that establishes financial need, and provide a letter of recommendation at time of intake.

Approved Pathways

  • Accounting
  • Business Office Careers
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics
  • Medical Careers
  • Welding

Income Guidelines for 2018-2019

Listed below are the income guidelines to be used for the Opportunity Grant for the 2018-19 academic year effective March. These are calculated at 200 percent of the 2018 federal poverty levels.
Size of
Family Unit
Annual Gross Income
Cut-off Amounts
Monthly Gross Income
Cut-off Amounts
For each additional person, add

Contact Opportunity Grant Program

Lisa Welch, Program Specialist
(360) 623-8649
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am–5:00pm