Below you will find resources and information to help you in finding ways to fund your college career



CAN recognizes that sometimes you might encounter unexpected financial challenges outside of the educational costs you planned for. Sometimes these challenges can threaten to derail your goal to get a degree.

​The Abbott Fund has been established to provide emergency relief funding to students in one time award amounts of a recommended maximum of $500.

To qualify you must:

  • Be enrolled at least half time at an accredited educational institution or intend to use the Abbott Fund to become at least half time.

  • Meet with a CAN College Team member for a follow up meeting after receiving Abbott Funds.

You're eligible if you:

  • Have a financial hardship resulting from an unexpected academic related expense, emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.

  • Complete all application questions in full and submit supporting documentation as needed.

Examples of expenses covered by the Abbott Fund:

  • Costs related to medical care

  • Books and other essential academic expenses

  • Safety needs (ie. changing a lock)

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, etc.

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs.

Please allow a 2 week review period for requests.

If this need is urgent/time sensitive, please complete your request and send a follow up email to with the subject line: Urgent - Abbott Fund Request.


The FAFSA opens January 1st. The priority deadline is February 1st though we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out on available aid.

Students who meet individual program, income, or residency requirements for the State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply for state financial aid.

From January through April, United Way offers free, walk-in tax preparation assistance at libraries, Goodwill stores, and other public sites across King County. Tax help is available in your neighborhood and in your language from IRS-certified volunteers. They’ll help you get all the credits you qualify for and file your return electronically, so you’ll get your refund fast. The best news: No appointment needed and no fees to pay.


Who is a DREAMer?

The Department of Homeland Security defines DREAMers as individuals who meet the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

DREAMers are granted a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to Immigrants who meet these criteria: Unauthorized immigrants who are under the age of 31; entered the United States before age 16; have lived continuously in the country for at least five years; have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors; and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military.


​Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

Beyond Dreaming Scholarship List

MALDEF's Scholarship

​HB 1079 Affidavit

College Help for Undocumented Students

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We will continue to add resources as we learn of them. Please email us if you have additional resources for us to share.


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