Student Stories
Student Stories


Behind every enrollment there is a story of a student eager to learn and contribute.

There are more than 35,000 such stories among our 10 member colleges. Here are a few students who have volunteered to share their story with you…

State financial aid is often discussed in multi-million dollar increments. While figures and facts can illustrate the importance of these programs in increasing access, affordability and capacity, individual students can relate their personal success and hope for the future.

At ICW member colleges, all recipients of the State Need Grant are low-income, and all are Washington residents. Over 80% are first-generation, non-white, over 24 years old, or transfer students. They make up 20% of the undergraduate student body at ICW institutions. All are an investment in Washington’s future.

The students below represent the thousands of students receiving the Washington State Need Grant attending an ICW member institution. All receive other financial aid, including federal Pell Grants, work-study, loans and institutional aid.