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Aim Higher Washington Trainings

Aim Higher Washington Trainings and Strategy Sessions

These trainings and strategy sessions will be offered in partnership with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), Council of Presidents (COP), and Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW). These trainings will cover content-based areas such as financial aid basics and financial aid application navigation. A series of strategy sessions to support implementation of what is learned in the content-based trainings will also be offered. Our workshops were created for:

  • K-12 staff such as school counselors, career counselors/specialists, administrators, and teachers.
  • Any college staff who work with students such as student services, admissions and outreach, advisors, residence life, financial aid staff, and more.
  • Community-based organization staff.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about and teach their community about financial aid!

Content-based trainings

These sessions are designed to address knowledge gaps and promote a better understanding of the financial aid process.

Financial aid basics

Financial aid basics

In this session, participants will learn the basics of financial aid. We will cover federal and state aid programs including grants, scholarships, work study and loans. We will also discuss when and where to apply for financial aid. Participants will leave with a better understanding of postsecondary funding. This session will prepare participants to help with basic financial aid questions. High school clock hours will be available.

Interested in clock hours? Register prior to the event via pdEnroller. You must register for both the Zoom meeting and with pdEnroller and stay for the entire training to be eligible for clock hours. 

Interested in clock hours? Register prior to the event via pdEnroller. You must register for both the Zoom meeting and with pdEnroller and stay for the entire training to be eligible for clock hours.

Financial aid navigation

Financial aid navigation

In this session, participants will learn about the financial aid process and how to help others navigate applying for financial aid. We will cover how to apply for postsecondary funding with the FAFSA and the WASFA. We will also discuss common challenges and errors as well as next steps. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to help others with this important process. This sessions will prepare participants to assist students as they apply for financial aid and train others. High school clock hours will be available.

Interested in clock hours? Register prior to the event via pdEnroller. You must register for both the Zoom meeting and with pdEnroller and stay for the entire training to be eligible for clock hours.

Interested in clock hours? Register prior to the event via pdEnroller. You must register for both the Zoom meeting and with pdEnroller and stay for the entire training to be eligible for clock hours.

Strategy sessions

These sessions will aid participants in developing strategic efforts to support specific populations with financial aid completion. Each session will feature best practices and will include individual and group planning time.

Supporting high school students

Supporting high school students

In this facilitated discussion we will discuss the unique challenges high school seniors face as they apply for postsecondary funding. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues to discuss ways to increase financial aid access and completion. High school clock hours will be available.

Late spring/summer dates and registration information coming soon!

Supporting current college students

Supporting current college students

In this facilitated discussion we will discuss the unique challenges current college students face as they apply for postsecondary funding. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues to discuss ways to increase financial aid access and completion.

Late spring/summer dates and registration information coming soon!

Supporting returning adults

Supporting returning adults

In this facilitated discussion we will discuss the unique challenges current returning adults face as they apply for postsecondary funding. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues to discuss ways to increase financial aid access and completion.

Late spring/summer dates and registration information coming soon!