About 40 percent of UWT students receive need-based grants from the State. That fact comes to us from PP&E major Adán Espino Jr. Last week, Seattle Times reporter Katherine Long interviewed Espino, then cited him in her article on proposals under consideration by state legislators to increase funding for the state’s need-based grant program. If passed, one proposal would turn this grant program for college students — which is currently underfunded — into an entitlement program, so that all students eligible for aid would receive it. Currently, only 70,000 out of the 90,000 students in the state eligible for a grant, receive one.
Espino is the UWT’s legislative liaison this year; he’s been spending the quarter in Olympia representing UWT students during this year’s legislative session. The student lobbyists have all been pushing hard for fully funding the state’s need based grant program. That effort seems to be paying off!