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Education Final 09-15-11 -   1.3.a.1 - Unserved SNG Students

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
1.3.a.1 - Unserved State Need Grant Students
Is the State Need Grant program keeping up with the level of need?
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Data Notes
Data Source: Higher Education Coordinating Board financial aid system.
Measure Definition: Number of fully-eligible State Need Grant students that did not receive a grant due to insufficient funds.  Prior to 2007-08, program eligibility guidelines capped student income at 65% MFI.  Subsequently, the income cap was raised to 70% MFI.
Target Rationale: Determine the extent to which the program is adequately meeting the need for student financial assistance.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: The Strategic Master Plan calls for the state to "maintain its leadership role in providing need-based financial aid by expanding and refining need-based financial aid programs to serve more low-income students."
Relevance: The SNG program is the largest Washington need-based aid program.
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 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • State Need Grant (SNG) funds are allocated to 67 participating Washington institutions based on the number of eligible FTEs reported by the individual schools. There has been an increase in the number of eligible FTEs as a result of the 30% increase in enrollment of needy students.
  • Funds are available to students with family incomes less than 70% of the median family income (MFI), which was $54,500 for a family of four in 2010-11.
  • Fully-eligible students attending institutions that have run out of SNG funds and who do not receive a grant are considered unserved.  In 2010-11, there were nearly 29,000 students in Washington who applied for and were deemed eligible to receive a State Need Grant but did not, due to insufficient funds. The $25.38 million reduction in funding inflated the unserved count by 3,000 students who received local institution funds in lieu of SNG.  This is a four-fold increase over 2008-09, and nearly 14 times greater than the number of unserved students just three years earlier.
  • Over the last five years, the percentage of all SNG eligible students attending community and technical colleges has risen from 58% to 64%. Approximately 69% of all unserved students in 2010-11 were attending community and technical colleges.
  • In 2010-11, 81% of all unserved students had family income at or below 50% MFI.  This percentage has remained fairly constant since 2005-06.