College and career planning during school closures

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Resources for college & career planning during school closures

Dear fellow communicator,

Due to the current public health crisis, students and families have less access to schools and planning supports. Students can use their time at home to stay on track with college and career planning, financial aid applications, and more.

Below is draft content you can use in your email campaigns, newsletters, websites, and more. Thank you for any help you can provide in promoting these resources. Please contact us if you have any questions, would like more information, or have other ideas for how we can help get the word out.


Title/Subject: 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. 

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.