Not sure when to start the college application process? Check out this timeline for senior year!
SEPTEMBER ALL ABOUT FAFSA / ALL ABOUT WASFA
Prepare to apply for the FAFSA or WASFA so you are ready when the applications open on October 1! Need assistance completing your financial aid application? Attend a financial aid event with WA State’s 12th Year Campaign. Your high school’s Career Specialist or Counselor can assist too! There are many district resources to assist families in navigating those next steps.
OCTOBER PARTS OF A COLLEGE APPLICATION
Each college application will have different requirements. Figure out what you need to prepare your application. Request letters of recommendation from teacher and counselors for your college application!
NOVEMBER HOW TO APPLY
Determine what steps you need to complete for your college applications.
DECEMBER SCHOLARSHIPS Check out our curated list of many local scholarships. Research and apply for scholarships NOW.
FEBRUARY UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTERS
Understand your financial aid award letter and determine your next steps.
MARCH MAKING YOUR DECISION
Now that you’ve received your admission letters, determine which college is the best choice for YOU!
APRIL TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE
Make sure you’ve completed everything you need to enroll in the college you’ve selected.
MAY WHAT TO EXPECT YOUR FIRST TERM / COLLEGE RESOURCES YOU NEED TO USE
College is very different from high school. Map out different college resources that will help you
have a successful first year.
It’s never too late to start planning your college or career pathway.
- Explore potential educational pathways using tools like the College & Career Compass or Matchmaker in Xello!
- Consider Washington’s public and private four year colleges and community and technical colleges
- Look into apprenticeships, where you can earn money while learning a trade
- Learn how national service opportunities can advance your education, as well as your career
For more great resources like these, check out the Washington Student Achievement Council website at https://wsac.wa.gov/.