Ready : What You Need to Know
The deadlines for applications to various schools can vary greatly, so make sure you keep a list of all priority and regular submission deadlines so that you don’t miss out on applying to your top choice.
"Refer to Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid for information about financial aid as you work through the FAFSA process.
Keep an eye out for scholarships or chances to enhance your application based on groups you are a part of, the community you live in, or even just your hobbies! You never know where you might find inspiration for your career path or extra money to put toward school costs.
Tips & Tricks:
Stay organized. You probably have a good amount of stuff on your plate right now, but keeping track of deadlines and taking a breather every now and then will help you stay focused. Sign up for text message updates from Ready Set Grad for reminders about some of your most important deadlines.
Don’t get too stressed. Choosing the next step in your education can be overwhelming—but you’ll do great! Just keep using the tools available on this website and reward yourself when you complete a task, like taking a study break to watch your favorite show or going to hang out with friends.
Ask questions. Teachers, counselors, parents, friends. Asking the people around you about their experiences or goals can help you get a better sense of yours.
College Credit in High School
In some cases, students can receive course credits based on college-level knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom (or from non-college instruction programs), including employment and military training and service. Identifying prior learning that is eligible for college credit can make a student’s education more affordable and reduce the time to a degree or certificate. Below are a few of the most common ways to earn college credit in high school.
Advanced Placement Programs
Advanced Placement programs enable students to take college-level courses while in high school. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) maintains a comprehensive Advanced Placement website at the link above. Interested students should check with their school counselors about the availability of these programs.
Other Dual Credit Programs
Other dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in college-level courses, either at their own school or at their local community college. Check the OSPI Dual Credit website link above for comprehensive information or visit the program links below. As with AP courses, not all schools offer these options. Interested students should check with their high school counselor.
International Baccalaureate Programs
High-quality programs of international education are offered to a worldwide community of schools. Three programs for students aged 3-19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Check availability with your high school counselor.
The Running Start program in Washington allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College.
College Admission Standards
New minimum college admission standards for students seeking admission to a public, four-year college or university, went into effect in fall 2012. An academic road map for middle and high school students, the new minimum standards do not guarantee admission but do establish a foundational level of academic achievement needed to do successful college work. Visit the Washington Student Achievement Council website for details.
Check out our dual credit lookup tool to find out how your AP, IB, or Cambridge test scores apply as college credit.
Your residency and citizenship status can have an impact on things like financial aid and the cost of tuition.