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12th Year Campaign

Financial Aid Advising Day logo12th Year Campaign - Supporting Washington's Financial Aid Advising Day

Financial aid matters. Nationally, seniors who complete a financial aid application are 84 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. The rate is even higher for students from lower‐income families. From an apprenticeship program to a two-or-four-year college degree, education beyond high school prepares students for jobs that move them beyond minimum wage. Even a one-year credential program at a community or technical college can increase future earnings. Districts across Washington have an exciting opportunity to provide students with new support by sharing critical information for planning life after high school. Financial aid advising day, created with the passage of ESSB 6141 in the 2020 Legislative session, is an opportunity to focus on educational equity related to students pursuing postsecondary education.

What is a financial aid advising day? 

A financial aid advising day is an opportunity to provide every senior and their family with key resources and knowledge for completing the financial aid application process. Per ESSB 6141, districts with a high school must provide both a financial aid advising day and notification of financial aid opportunities at the beginning of each school year to parents and guardians of any student entering the twelfth grade. The notification must include information regarding: 

  • The eligibility requirements of the Washington College Grant.
  • Information on resources, such as the CSS profile and new financial aid calculator.
  • Any community-based resources available to assist parents and guardians in understanding the requirements of and how to complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) and the Washington application for state financial aid (WASFA).
  • The district’s process for opting out of the financial aid advising day.
  • The full requirements of the financial aid advising day, which can be found in ESSB 6141.

The 12th Year Campaign is here to help!

Together, we can provide every high school senior with the opportunity to apply for education after high school and complete their financial aid application. The 12th Year Campaign boosts college and financial aid application rates in Washington by helping those working with high school seniors and their families complete applications for college admissions and financial aid. 12th Year Campaign sites receive free training, printed materials, and other resources to support their students. 

  • Choose the model of participation that best fits your needs.
  • Order your free materials, explore resources below and access training opportunities. 
  • Get to know your data.
  • Plan your financial aid advising day, pre-work and follow up.

Support Modules

Every module features a resource, video, and Kahoot quiz for your use. Use these modules to help prepare students for your financial aid advising day.

What is financial aid?

What is financial aid? 

Resource: What is financial aid infographic 

Activity: What is financial aid quiz

Video: What is financial aid?

Where does financial aid come from?

Where does financial aid come from?

Resource: 12th Year Campaign workbook and Types of federal financial aid infographic

Video: Where does financial aid come from?

Activity: Financial aid quiz

Financial aid myths

Financial aid myths

Resource: Five Financial Aid Myths infographic

Video: Financial Aid Myths

Activity: Financial Aid Myths quiz

Which application should I use?

Which application should I use?

Resource: Federal aid eligibility infographic

Video: Which Application Should I Use?

Activity: Should you use the FAFSA or WASFA? 

How to create an FSA ID

How to create an FSA ID

Resource: FSA ID worksheet

Video: How to create an FSA ID

Activity: FSA ID quiz

Financial aid dependency status

Whose information will I need for my financial aid application?

Resources: Financial aid dependency information and Who is my parent when I apply for financial aid? 

Video: Whose information will I need?

Activity: Dependency quiz

How to sign your application

How to sign your application

Resource: 12th Year workbook 

Video: How to sign your application

Activity: Application signing quiz

Navigating verification

Navigating verification

Video: Navigating verification 

Activity: Navigating verification quiz

Cost of attendance

Cost of attendance

Resource: College Knowledge website 

Video: Cost of attendance

Activity: Cost of attendance quiz

Understanding award letters

Understanding award letters

Resource: Award letter key components worksheet, living off-campus, and living on-campus

Video: Understanding your award

Activity: Use the award letter worksheets under Resources to assess your award letter. 

Requesting financial aid appeals

Requesting financial aid appeals

Resource: WSAC financial aid appeals website

Video: Requesting a financial aid appeal

Activity: Requesting a financial aid appeal quiz 

12th Year Campaign and Partner Materials

Otterbot 

Otterbot 

Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington students navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Text "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281Learn more.

Financial aid event materials

Use these materials to support financial aid events and discussions - either in-person or virtually.

  • PDF Poster (English) (Spanish) Download or order posters to help advertise financial aid completion efforts. 
  • Postcards: You Can’t Get Financial Aid if You Don’t Apply. Use these postcards to remind students what documents are needed and where to find help when applying for financial aid.  You can order or download these postcards in five languages.
  • FSA ID Worksheet Use this worksheet to help students collect and remember all the information needed to create a Federal Student Aid ID, which is used to sign a FAFSA.
  • Student Survey Please use this survey after any financial aid events or workshops you hold!
  • Financial Aid Night Presentation Slides. This presentation, with accompanying notes and video recording listed below, can be used to “plug and play” a financial aid overview presentation to students and families
  • Financial Aid Night Presentation Notes
  • Financial Aid Night Presentation Video

More materials

More materials 

Federal student aid infographics

Federal student aid infographics

Visit the Federal Student Aid Resources site for downloadable resources in English and Spanish on a variety of topics from “Who’s my parent?” to “Understanding dependency”.

College and Career Pathways one-pagers

College and Career Pathways one-pagers

College and Career Pathways An outline of potential postsecondary pathways.

College Means What do we mean when we say college? Help students understand the diversity of the term.

How to Become an Apprentice Help students interested in apprenticeships understand how to pursue this pathway.

Technical and Special Colleges An overview of technical and specialty colleges.

Military Pathways An overview of the different pathways related to joining the military.

LGBTQ+ and College Access Supporting LGBTQ+ students through the admissions and financial aid process.

Youth in Foster Care Supporting youth in foster care through the admissions and financial aid process.

Financial Aid and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Supporting unaccompanied homeless youth with the financial aid process.

Information on Student Loans A brief overview of student loans.

Translated resources

Translated resources

Puget Sound College and Career Network radio spots on College Knowledge in Spanish

GEAR UP family guides in seven additional languages

Check out the College Knowledge Project section of this site for those materials

The College Knowledge Project 

Over the past several years, a team of organizations worked together to create the College Knowledge Project, consisting of 23 student-tested and approved digital handouts compiled into a workbook designed to support college and career education planning. Full workbooks can be ordered through the 12th Year Campaign and digital copies can be found via the Washington College Access Network website. Lesson plans are also available for each chapter of the workbook to be used to guide students through the College Knowledge content. 

The College Knowledge Project

The College Knowledge Project is a collaborative effort of:

  • Community Center for Education Results (CCER)
  • Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN)
  • College Success Foundation/Washington College Access Network (CSF)
  • Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC

College Knowledge hard copies

College Knowledge hard copies

Order your hard-copy College Knowledge workbooks via the 12th Year Campaign. Workbooks are currently available in English and Spanish.

College Knowledge handouts

College Knowledge handouts

Visit the Washington College Access Network website for specific College Knowledge chapters or one-pager handouts.

College Knowledge lesson plans

College Knowledge lesson plans

Created by CCER in collaboration with classroom teachers, these lesson plans were created to support implementation of the College Knowledge workbook content. Choose what’s most useful for you from these ready-to-use Google Slides.

12th Year Campaign Training

Access these trainings to deepen your understanding of financial aid. Regional training may be offered by other organizations such as local community-based organizations. Please contact us if you are looking to connect with a local community-based organization or would like to schedule or join a WSAC-led training.

Recorded trainings

Recorded Trainings

Visit the WSAC YouTube Channel for recorded training on financial aid and other related topics.

Live virtual fall trainings

Live virtual fall trainings

Financial Aid Application Line by Line, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. Join the 12th Year Campaign as we walk through the FAFSA and WASFA. Learn about common errors, best practices, and resources to help student complete a financial aid application.

Financial Aid Advising Day Wednesday Webinar September 23 at 1:00pm. Join the WSAC with their partners at OSPI for a presentation about how to plan and coordinate your Financial Aid Advising Day. 

Annual spring workshops

Annual spring workshops

Each spring, WSAC hosts FREE regional financial aid workshops to support school counselors and other school and community-based organization staff with financial aid training and program updates to support students applying for and accessing financial aid. Visit www.wsac.wa.gov/spring for additional information.

Statewide virtual student and parent events

Statewide student financial aid filing events

Statewide student financial aid filing events

The 12th Year Campaign will be hosting statewide virtual financial aid informational and filing events and supporting several regional events this year. Interested in co-sponsoring and having your school or district join one of these events? Let us know by emailing Christina Winstead, Assistant Director of College Access and Support at christinaw@wsac.wa.gov.

Student registration information 

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
10/6/20 5:00-8:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
10/15/20 11:00am-2:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
10/24/20 11:00am-2:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
10/28/20 5:00-8:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign SW WA Regional FA Event (tentative)
11/10/2020 11:00am-2:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
11/19/2020 5:00-8:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
12/1/20 5:00-8:00pm
Register in advance

Parent town halls

Dates coming soon!

Data

College Bound Scholarship sign-up data

College Bound Scholarship sign-up data

Learn about your district’s College Bound Scholarship pipeline by visiting our sign-up dashboards.

FAFSA Completion Dashboard

FAFSA Completion Dashboard

Understand your district’s FAFSA completion trends and others throughout the state.

Student-level FAFSA completion portal

Student-level FAFSA completion portal

Access student-level FAFSA completion data by utilizing the WSAC’s FAFSA completion portal. Districts must have a signed data sharing agreement on file. Email fafsa@wsac.wa.gov to confirm your district has theirs in, get an account and gain access.

Watch our video on how to use the FAFSA completion portal.