I earned 90 quarter credits at the community college level; do I qualify for the $5,000 increase?
No. To be approved for a scholarship increase (either $5,000 or $7,500), you must be admitted into a four-year college or university, accepted into an eligible high-demand major, and earned at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits. This means that your four-year university must have accepted at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits, which should now be reflected on your official transcript at your four-year college or university. Please see Requesting a Scholarship Increase for additional information.
I found the CIP code associated with my major. Can I email you my CIP code and will that fulfill my requirements to qualify for the Scholarship increase?
No. We need official documentation. To be approved for a scholarship increase, you must submit a letter, on letterhead, from your college or university Registrar or the department from which you will receive your degree. The letter must follow this format, and must state:

• The major you are accepted into (not declared)
• The date you were accepted
• The major CIP code (“CIP” stands for Classification of Instructional Program. Each major has a CIP code and that code defines the major and field of study. Your college official should request the CIP code from your college or university’s Registrar’s office).

I am transferring to a new college where I will be eligible for $5,000 or $7,500. Why do I need to submit an official transcript from the college to which I am transferring?
The college which you are transferring to needs to show the total number of credits that they have accepted, which will verify that you have completed enough credits for junior class standing (90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits) at your new college.
When will the increased scholarship amount be received by the college or university I am attending?
Please see the Payment Information page for questions about payment.
What does “CIP” mean and for what purpose is it used? How can I find out my major’s CIP code?
“CIP” stands for Classification of Instructional Program. Each major has a CIP code and that code defines the major and field of study. The codes were developed to provide a consistent method for tracking, assessing and reporting on program completion. In order to apply for the increase, you will have to ask your Registrar for your CIP code – the Registrar must include it in their letter of verification. Some colleges may provide the CIP code on the Registrar’s website, however, we still need official documentation from the Registrar in order to increase your scholarship.
What can I do if the Registrar’s office doesn’t know what a CIP code is?
Each college or university is required to report to the federal government the CIP code associated with each of the degree programs offered at the institution. However, these codes may not be widely known by everyone in the Registrar’s office. You may need to be persistent to track down somebody who can help you.
I can’t find my exact major on the list, but I think it might fall under one of the other majors listed. How can I find out whether my major is eligible for renewal/scholarship increase?
Each major falls into a national CIP code that the WSOS board has used to designate which majors are eligible. Your exact major may not be listed on the eligible high-demand majors list above, however your major may fall into one of the approved majors on the list, depending on how your school recognizes your major.

If you think your major might be eligible, you can find out for sure by figuring out which CIP code your college is using for your major. To find out what your specific major’s CIP code is, you will need to contact the registrar at your college or university. If your major’s CIP code matches one of the CIP codes on the list of eligible high-demand majors (by alphabet; by category) then you are eligible.

If your CIP code is not on the list of eligible high-demand majors, you are not eligible. However, please complete the Renewal/Update Form anyway so that you can let us know that you’re not planning on renewing your scholarship due to major. This information is critical for development of the scholarship program, and it will allow us to stop following up with you about renewal.

Why isn’t my major on the list of eligible high-demand majors?
We understand that there are some STEM or health care majors that are not included on the list of eligible high-demand majors. The majors eligible for this program were chosen specifically because they lead to high-demand careers in Washington state. The current list of eligible high-demand majors was reviewed and approved by the WSOS Board.
I submitted documentation to increase my scholarship. How will the amount of funding I’m eligible to receive per term be determined?
When we receive your transcript, we review the total number of credits that your college lists as “earned”. This includes both credits you have completed at your college as well as any credits that your college has transferred in (including credits from previous colleges, Running Start and AP or IB).

The number of credits earned determines the level of funding you are eligible for as listed on the Award Amounts page ($2,500, $5,000 or $7,500). Your level of funding gets broken down by quarter or semester as described in Payment Information.

Your fall award amount is based directly on the number of credits on the transcript you submitted. Your award amount(s) for winter and/or spring are based on the number of credits you will have completed by the start of those terms. In doing this we have assumed that you will be making satisfactory academic progress by completing 12 credits per term.

For example:

If you had completed 110 semester credits prior to the start of fall semester, you would be eligible to receive funding at the $7,500 level for fall, as listed on Award Amounts. Funding at the $7,500 level is $3,750 per semester (as listed on Payment Information) so your fall semester award would be $3,750.

Assuming that you pass at least 12 credits fall, by the start of spring semester, you will have completed 122 semester credits. At 122 semester credits, you’re only eligible for funding at the $5,000 level, as listed on Award Amounts. Funding at the $5,000 level for each semester is $2,500, so you would be awarded $2,500 for spring semester.

Your award would look something like this:

Total WSOS award for 2014-2015: $6,250

Fall Semester 2014: $3,750
Spring Semester 2015: $2,500
Please note that if you complete more than the 12 credits per term, and you reach enough credits for the next level of funding mid-year, you may submit an updated transcript to us at that time and we will increase your award for any terms at the start of which you had completed enough credits for an increase.

In addition, please note that if you exceed 225 quarter credits, or 150 semester credits, you will no longer be eligible to receive WSOS funding. If that will happen mid-year assuming that 12 credits are completed per term, you will not receive funding for any terms after which we have determined that you will reach that limit.

What number of credits will my award amount be based on?
The number of “earned college credits” is defined by your college, and is listed at the bottom of your transcript. In accordance with financial aid policies, transfer credits and credits from AP, IB, and Running Start that your college has accepted and listed on your transcript count toward the total number of “earned” credits as defined by your institution.

For determining your award amount, “earned college credits” is used twice:

If you first applied for WSOS as a college student, we use your number of “earned college credits” on the transcript you submitted with your application to determine whether you will receive $2,500 for one, two or three years.

Students who applied as high school seniors have up to three years of funding at the $2,500 level if needed (however, we encourage you to apply for the increase as soon as you meet the criteria, even if you haven’t received three years at the $2500 level).

(2) When you apply to increase your scholarship to the $5,000 level, we base your eligibility for the increase on the current number of earned college credits listed on the transcript you submit at that time. To be eligible for the increase, your transcript must show at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits as “earned college credits”.

How will my award amount be determined per term after my scholarship has been increased to the $5,000 level?
After you are approved to receive the increase to $5,000, your award amount for the first term after you submit your transcript will be based on the number of earned college credits listed at that time. Your winter quarter and/or spring quarter/semester award(s) will be based on our projection that you will earn 12 credits each term.

For the following academic years, as long as you continue to renew and meet the eligibility requirements of your scholarship, your award amount will be projected based on the amount that you received the previous year.

For example:

When you provided us your transcript to increase your scholarship to the $5,000 level, you were approved at the $5,000 level for all three quarters: fall – $1,668, winter – $1,666, spring – $1,666.

The next academic year, your scholarshi is renewed, and WSOS assumes that you have now earned enough credits for your scholarship to be increased to the $7,500 level for all three quarters: fall – $2,500, winter – $2,500, and spring – $2,500.

The following year, you are a fifth-year senior. When your scholarship is renewed, WSOS determines that you have now earned enough credits for your funding to be decreased to the $5,000 level for all three quarters: fall – $1,668, winter – $1,666, spring – $1,666.
We email you each August when your scholarship is renewed, and at that time, we’ll confirm the award amounts for the coming academic year. Some students may reach the next level mid-year, in which case you may receive disbursements of different amounts. This will be noted in your renewal email.

Many students complete more than 12 credits per term, and some students attend summer quarter, which means that you may actually reach the next level of funding sooner than WSOS projects.

If you earn enough credits to reach the $7,500 level sooner than we project, you can submit a current official transcript showing that you have earned at least 135 quarter credits or 90 semester credits, and we will adjust your award to base it on the number of credits you have actually earned, rather than the number we have projected you have now earned.

For example:

I attend a quarter school and my award is at the $5,000 level. My $5,000 award is divided by 3 terms as follows:

Fall 2015: $1,668
Winter 2015: $1,666
Spring 2016: $1,666

However, I reached the $7,500 level at the end of Winter 2015 term. I submit an updated official college transcript to reflect my “earned college credits” as 135+ credits. I was approved for an increase to the $7,500 level for Spring 2016 term, and the new award amount for Spring 2016 increases from $1,666 to $2,500.

How much longer is funding available once I request an increase?
Prior to requesting a scholarship increase, the number of years for which you can receive funding will be determined as listed in Award Amounts: up to three years at the $2,500 level, and up to five years total.

However, depending on when you submit documentation to increase your scholarship, you may not receive a full five years of funding.

When you apply to increase your scholarship, your award amount per term and the number of remaining terms remaining will be determined based on the number of earned college credits listed on your college transcript at the time you apply for the increase.

For example:

If you are selected for WSOS as a first year college student, you will have funding available at the $2,500 level for two years. However, due to some AP credits, you reach the number of earned credits required to receive the increase a year early – after receiving funding at the $2,500 level for just one year. Your scholarship is increased to $5,000 for your second year of college. If you continue to renew your WSOS each year, your funding would automatically be increased to $7,500 for your third year, and reduced to $5,000 for your fourth year. If you still needed to attend a fifth year of college, WSOS would not be able to provide any further funding.