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Cougar Completion Grant

WSU’s Commitment to Degree Completion

WSU is committed to helping Cougs complete their journey to degree, and we know that there are many factors that can make this challenging. We are so excited to announce the The Cougar Completion Grant, which aims to reduce financial barriers for both currently enrolled and previously enrolled students by providing financial support for those nearing completion of their first bachelor’s degree.

This is a one-time grant of up to $2500* depending on student need and available funding.

  • *Some exceptions may apply.


What are Completion Grants?

Unmet financial need remains a significant hurdle to degree completion for many students in their final year of college when financial aid may be insufficient to cover students’ expenses. Almost 15% of students who have completed 75% of their required credits leave college before degree completion, which is often due to financial reasons.

Many public universities are now offering completion grants to make sure students with unmet financial need and a successful academic record do not drop out due to financial constraints. In 2018, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) shared lessons about completion grant programs in a learning brief.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Cougar Completion Grant, you must be an undergraduate student pursuing your first bachelor’s degree. You will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to complete all remaining degree requirements within one semester;
  • Be in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 or above);
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress1;
  • Exhibit financial need as evidenced by an Expected Family Contribution of $20,000 or less;
  • Be nearing or at the end of aid eligibility, including loans;
  • Must meet WSU University Standards;
  • Complete the Cougar Completion Grant Eligibility Verification form.
  • 1. Students not meeting SAP need to complete a SAP appeal before applying for the grant


How to Apply

The Cougar Completion Grant eligibility verification form is now open for
2023-2024 Academic Year.
Cougar Completion Grant Eligibility Verification Form

  • Completing this form does not indicate an approval of funding.
  • Students will be notified regarding the outcome of their submission.