College and Career Center
The College and Career Center is open for all students and their parents. The Center provides many resources to meet the interests and needs of students, including career exploration, college planning, scholarships, college visits, volunteer/community service and employment.
Check out Post High School Planning Options
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Melanie Conroy, College & Career Specialist
Are you the Class of 2021? Be sure you check out the College Board’s web-pages that provide guidance and resources to help students stay on track in planning for college.
High school juniors and seniors:
Take steps now to prepare for the future. With all that’s going on in the world, it’s tempting to put off planning for the future. But there are steps you can take now to be ready when the time comes to continue your education.
- Class of 2020:
- It’s not too late to apply or change your path. There are many options for college and career training after high school.
- Heading to college in the fall? Remember to send in final transcripts, make deposits, and finalize paperwork. Don't worry, most colleges are being flexible about deadlines.
- Double-check your FAFSA status—you may need to update your taxes or provide additional documents. If you filed a WASFA, check with the financial aid office to make sure your application is complete. And let them know if your family's financial situation has changed.
- Class of 2021:
- Start looking into career paths and learn more about what kind of education you may need after high school.
- Senior year is a busy time! Working on application essays is a great way to get started on college applications during remote learning.
- Consider dual credit programs, which allow you to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Students who earn college credit are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees.
Don’t let financial aid myths limit your options for the future
Think you can’t afford college or career education? Financial aid helps many students pay for education after high school, and more families in Washington are now eligible. Even if you didn’t qualify before, you might now!
Myth #1: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid.
Fact: Applying for financial aid is the only way to know for sure whether you qualify. With the new Washington College Grant, an eligible student from a family of four making up to around $97,000 per year can receive some money for their education.
Myth #2: Financial aid only pays for universities. That takes four years—I need to start working now.
Fact: Financial aid can be used for many types of full-time or part-time education, including career and technical schools, community colleges, some apprenticeships, and yes, universities too. You have options!
Myth #3: I can’t apply for financial aid, because I don’t know what I’m going to do after high school.
Fact: You can complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application before applying for college or training. You can make your final choice about whether and where to go later, and you’ll know more about what you can afford.
Learn more and apply for financial aid on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
Colleges May Adjust Financial Aid Based on Change in Circumstances
If someone in your family has lost a job or is working less, colleges may be able to provide more financial aid.
Colleges may adjust financial aid based on a student’s or parent’s job loss, reduced income, loss of benefits (like child support), or even extraordinary medical or dental bills. Each situation is different, and colleges’ requirements vary, so students should contact the financial aid office to talk about options:
- If you’ve already filed a 2020-21 FAFSA or WASFA, talk to the financial aid office about your situation.
- If you haven’t applied for financial aid, it’s not too late. Submit your application, then follow up with the college to discuss changes.
College Admission Status Update: Check out this website for information about changes in all things college admissions--events, deposit dates, and more: https://www.nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus
College Admissions Update: It’s Never Too Late! Check out Class of 2020 Action Plan.
College & Career Compass can help you plan for life after high school.
You've probably been thinking about what the current public health and economic crisis means for your future. While the present is uncertain, one thing is clear: education beyond high school is more important than ever.
Continuing your education after high school gives you more options. Research shows college graduates earn more and are less likely to be unemployed. Luckily, there’s a great new tool available to help you prepare and plan for the future—and it’s free!
Check out Washington’s new College & Career Compass:
- Explore educational programs that match your career interests.
- Learn more about the value of college and how financial aid can help you pay for a certificate, apprenticeship, or degree.
- Connect with a campus to get additional support.
Don’t be discouraged. Stay motivated, get ready, and focus on the future. College & Career Compass makes it easy. Learn more at compass.wa.gov.
Considering a WA State Private University?
The member campuses of Independent Colleges of Washington--Gonzaga University, Heritage University, Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Martin's University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, Walla Walla University, Whitman College and Whitworth University---have put together important information about their campuses. Check out their Spring Visit page with the latest "virtual" opportunities including information specific to admissions programming and important updates.
Virtual Conference and College Fair: This event is free to attendees and is designed to help students and colleges connect safely during the COVID-19 crisis. The site promises to be a safe place for students to access information and explore their options. Learn More or Register Now