A Longitudinal Profile of State Need Grant Recipients' Educational Progress and Degree Completion

What are the educational outcomes of State Need Grant recipients?
Published: 
February, 2017

This study examined students who received State Need Grants (SNG) for the first time during the 2007–08 academic year and tracked their academic progress and degree completion in Washington public institutions across eight years.

Among the first-time freshmen who received a SNG grant in 2007–08, a total of 2,441 students enrolled in four-year institutions and 12,396 enrolled in community and technical colleges (CTCs). By the fourth year, 37.1 percent of four-year enrollees (in the cohort) completed a bachelor’s degree, and 61.8 percent by the fifth year. The vast majority (89.4 percent) who earned a bachelor's degree earned it by the fifth year. Of four-year enrollees who took a break for a year, most re-enrolled and completed their degree. Among those who transferred to a CTC, few returned and completed a bachelor’s degree, and the majority did not complete any degree. Forty percent of CTC enrollees did not persist past the first year. Most CTC degree completers earned their degree within the first four years of enrollment. Most of those who transferred to a four-year institution completed a bachelor’s degree.

Academic path of SNG recipients who started at 4-year institutions

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Academic path of SNG recipients who started at community or technical colleges

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