Plan Your Future

Your future awaits.

Don't let COVID-19 derail your plans for after high school.

  • It's not too late to apply for college or training, or to choose a new path.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to keep costs down.
  • High schools and colleges are being flexible about everything from graduation and course requirements to test scores and deadlines.

Learn more and access related resources in the tabs below.
 


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Text "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.

 

    It's not too late to apply, or change your path.

    Career exploration

    Career exploration

    The type and level of education you might need varies depending on the job or career you're interested in.

    COVID information & resources
      • CareerConnect@Home: Every school day during the month of May, at 3:30 PM, students can join an online discussion about different careers available in our state. 

      Four-year colleges

      Four-year colleges

      Washington offers outstanding college options. Every school is different. Keep track of each college’s requirements, and make sure you meet deadlines for applications and related materials.

      • Start working on application essays early. Senior year is a busy time! Starting essays now is a great way for juniors to prepare for college applications during remote learning. 
      • The building is closed, but help is still available. Reach out to your counselor and teachers for help gathering application materials, including forms, test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
         
      COVID information & resources

      Community and technical colleges

      Community and technical colleges

      Washington offers outstanding college options. Washington state community and technical colleges (CTCs) offer a wide variety of programs. CTCs are typically open to anyone who has a high school diploma or GED. Students can train to enter into a job directly, complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree and then transfer, or pursue applied bachelor's degrees for specific career fields. 

      COVID information & resources

      Apprenticeship

      Apprenticeship

      Looking to step right into a good-paying job? In an apprenticeship, you can earn money while learning a trade.

      • Explore Apprenticeship: Learn more about apprenticeships in Washington, and why on-the-job learning might be right for you.
      • Find an Apprenticeship Program: Search for an apprenticeship program by county and occupation, by name, or by employer on the LNI website.
      • Beginning in 2020-21, the new Washington College Grant will provide financial aid to cover costs associated with select approved apprenticeship programs. Stay tuned for more information.

      Planning resources

      Planning resources

      Planning ahead increases options and reduces stress. 

      Choose a path

      Choose a path

      Once you make a choice, confirm that the college or program you plan to attend has everything they need. 

      • Check in with the admissions and financial aid offices. Make sure you know what the enrollment process is and when deadlines occur.
      • Do any necessary paperwork and make sure your file is complete.
      • Submit any required deposits. 
      • Double-check your FAFSA status. You may need to update your tax information or provide additional documentation. If you filed a WASFA, check with the financial aid office to make sure they don't need any additional information.


      Financial aid and scholarships are available to help.

      Applying for aid

      Applying for aid

      There are affordable college and career training opportunities for everyone. The first, best step is to apply for financial aid

        • Sign up for Otterbot, 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 by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.
        • File your FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application now. It's never too late—you can still get money for fall 2020.
        • If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status, you may still qualify for some state financial aid and scholarships using the WASFA.
        • Juniors, you can get started on the financial aid process by talking to your parents or guardians about the process and registering for an FSA ID. Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available October 1, 2020. 
           
        COVID information & resources
        • If someone in your family has lost a job or is working less, colleges may be able to provide more financial aid. Learn more about how to request changes to financial aid if your circumstances have changed.

        State financial aid programs

        State financial aid programs

        Learn more about Washington’s state financial aid programs.

        Private scholarships

        Private scholarships

        Private scholarship deadlines occur year-round, and many are available regardless of income.

        • theWashboard.org scholarship search tool is unique to Washington students. This website allows you to create a profile and then be matched with the scholarship opportunities that fit you. It is spam-free and will never sell your information.
        • Many colleges provide aid in the form of institutional scholarships or grants. Talk to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend for more information.


        High schools and colleges are being flexible.  

        • High schools and colleges are being flexible about everything from graduation and course requirements to test scores and deadlines.
        • Students can still get college credit through dual credit programs during the COVID-19 crisis. 

        Transitioning out of high school

        Transitioning out of high school

        Many high schools are providing flexible or additional options for students to meet requirements in light of the COVID-19 crisis—talk to your counselor for more information.

        • Review the state's high school graduation requirements. Talk to your counselor to make sure you're on track
        • During this period of school closures and remote learning, there are college planning resources that can be done remotely. This Top 5 list is designed specifically to help high school juniors and seniors prepare for, apply to, and pay for education after high school.
           
        COVID information & resources
          • Review the graduation requirements FAQ for the Class of 2020.
          • The pass/fail grading option for high school students has been eliminated statewide. Read more here or watch this video to learn more. 

          College admissions

          College admissions during COVID

          Colleges and universities are being flexible about course requirements, test scores, deadlines, and more. Always check with each college directly for the latest admissions information. Let the admissions office know if you have special circumstances or questions about how to meet requirements and deadlines during COVID-19.

          Dual credit

          Dual credit

          You can still pursue opportunities to earn college credit while in high school through dual credit programs during the COVID-19 crisis. Talk to your counselor for more information.

          • Dual credit programs give students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students who earn college credit are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees.
          • Use the Dual Credit Look-Up Tool to determine which colleges grant credit for which exams and scores.
          • Juniors, if you want to sign up for Running Start this fall, access the new Running Start Verification Form for the 2020-21 school year. The form can be submitted electronically, so you can still enroll during remote learning. 
             
          COVID information & resources
          • Although in-person testing has been suspended, you can still earn exam scores from home for Advanced PlacementInternational Baccalaureate, and Cambridge International.
          • Colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and state agencies in Washington all understand the impact of COVID-19 on dual credit statewide, and they are committed to helping students and their families navigate dual credit programs during these challenging times. Read their full joint statement here.