A forecast of the number of College Bound Scholarship students likely to attend college will be prepared by the Caseload Forecast Council and sent to the Governor and Legislature under SB 5304, which was signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The forecast information will be used in the preparation of future state budgets.
To date, nearly 80,000 students from low-income families in Washington have become eligible for College Bound Scholarship assistance by signing up for the program in middle school. To actually collect the scholarship money, the students must continue to meet financial eligibility requirements and be admitted to a Washington higher education institution after high school graduation.
The College Bound Scholarship program pays for tuition not covered by other financial assistance programs.
The first College Bound students will start graduating from high school in 2012.