It’s as important as ever to support students as they work toward their educational and career dreams. To create our 2021-22 poster, we partnered with four students who are either in high school or recent high school graduates. These amazing students (all previous winners of our #PlanYourPathWA video contest) provided input about the poster design, as well as valuable insights about what resources would be most useful based on their own experiences.
We are also holding a video contest associated with the poster that asks Washington public middle school and high school students to create a video about one resource they learned about from the poster and how it will help them achieve their post-high school goals. Learn more here. We hope the poster, the resources below, and the contest engage students in accessing available resources that will help them reach their goals.
Financial aid resources
- The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) provides trusted information about how to apply for financial aid, as well as how to plan for your future. WSAC also has videos about the financial aid application process and finding out the cost of attendance.
- By filling out a state or federal financial aid application, students can find out if they are eligible for the Washington College Grant. The grant provides full awards to eligible students from families making $56,000 a year or less, and provides partial grants for families making up to around $102,000 per year.
- You can find resources about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, and more at Get Schooled.
Explore post-high school pathways
- The College Knowledge site includes helpful information about choosing classes and extracurriculars in high school, preparing for post-high school education, applying for and enrolling in college, and more.
- Find out more about the many post-high school options available for students – including apprenticeships, two-year colleges, and four-year colleges – on the GEAR UP WA site.
- The Career Connect Washington Directory can help you find apprenticeships, mentor programs, and other opportunities to explore and prepare for careers that are available across the state.
- Discover your interests with the help of a career interest inventory.
- The High School and Beyond Planning process can help you explore and plan an education-to-career pathway that’s right for you.
What resource is helpful to you? Enter the contest!
Now that you have reviewed the resources and perhaps found one or two that can support you in planning for your future, let us know how you’ll use what you’ve learned by entering the video contest!