‘Gigantic Expansion’ of Washington’s State Need Grant Means Free College for Poorest Students
Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review
Paris Hines, 25, is a single mother at Spokane Community College who takes on odd jobs and visits the campus food bank to support herself as she works toward an associate degree and a paralegal certificate. Ultimately, she plans to become a lawyer.
That endeavor would be impossible without financial aid programs like Washington’s State Need Grant. Under a new system that raises taxes on about one-fifth of Washington businesses, many more low-income students will benefit from the State Need Grant, rebranded as the Washington College Grant, starting in 2020.