Update From the Washington Student Achievement Council

Update From the Washington Student Achievement Council

Student & Family Messaging

Student & Family Messaging

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 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. 

Learn more and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.  

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. 

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“Otter” Chatbot Provides Student Support and Financial Aid Info

Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education.

  • Students can access Otterbot via text message
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week by texting "Hi Otter"
    to 360-928-7281.
  • Otter sends periodic messages with financial aid information, resources, and deadlines.
  • Students can text Otter with questions about financial aid, college planning, and more.