College Planning Resources
Find your path, prepare for your journey, or connect with colleges at College and Career Compass Washington.
- College During Covid
- Campus Pride
- Career Bridge
- Career Cruising
- Common App
- Coalition for College
- College Scorecard
- Colleges That Change Lives
- Common Black College Application
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - HACU
- SAT or ACT
- WA Career Paths
- Washington Community Colleges and Technical Colleges
- WCAN: Washington College Access Network
- Work Colleges
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During the current public health crisis, the Washington Student Achievement Council is sending weekly messages with resources and information about college and career planning, financial aid, and more. Please consider sharing this with students and families in your community.
Don’t let Coronavirus derail your plans for after high school
1. Explore Your Options: The new College & Career Compass tool will help you identify educational pathways that can lead to promising careers and a brighter future.
2. Seize the Opportunity: More families are now eligible for the Washington College Grant, which can be used for multiple pathways beyond just a four-year degree, including community or technical college, apprenticeships, and other training.
3. Ask Questions: Text “Hi Otter” to 360.928.7281 to receive 24/7 real-time answers to your financial aid questions. Amazing fact! Once a student activates this they can text #languages to the phone number. This service is available in 100 languages.
4. Apply! Washington College Grant is one of many state and federal financial aid programs that can dramatically reduce the cost of an education. You’ll never know if you qualify unless you apply.
5. Reassess Your Status: High schools and colleges are being flexible about everything from graduation requirements to SAT/ACT testing. Even your financial aid may be adjusted if your circumstances have changed.
Note that colleges are continuing to update their online resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Connect with admissions and financial aid offices to understand how they are adapting to better serve enrolled and prospective students.
The resources listed above, and a wealth of other information and resources related to financial aid, college, and career education, are available on WSAC's Class of 2020 Action Plan web page.
Have questions about financial aid? High school seniors can sign up for Otterbot—the Washington Student Achievement Council’s free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281. Visit: Otterbot Information
Amazing fact! Once a student activates this they can text #languages to the phone number. This service is available in 100 languages.
The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) is a statewide collective of professionals in K-12 schools and districts, state agencies, college-access providers, postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations who support low-income students in graduating high school and pursuing a postsecondary pathway.
WCAN offers digital handouts (available in these languages: English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese) that addresses 6 chapter topics:
1. All About College & Career
2. Getting Ready
3. College Bound Scholarship
4. Paying for College
5. Applying for College
6.Enrolling in College.
Also available are over 20 different handouts helping students to explore and plan their future.
- You can download individual pages or entire handbooks
- Many of these handouts are also appropriate for students in middle school.
- Digital handouts available in these languages: English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.