Set : Paying for My Education - 7th Grade
Anyone can go to college! It may seem expensive, but there are many ways to pay for it that help make it more affordable for students and families. Most scholarships and grants are available to high school or college students, but there are a couple that should be considered now:
The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge. Students who were in foster care between grades 7 and 12 grade are automatically enrolled in this program. Students who are eligible but don't know if they're enrolled should call the College Bound office at 888-535-0747 to check their enrollment status.
It’s important to understand that there different kinds of aid students can receive. Merit-based aid is granted based on good grades, academic performance, or other special abilities and talents such as athletics. Need-based aid is given to students who would not otherwise be able to afford college. Your family’s need is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) application you will complete in your senior year when applying to colleges.
Overview of Federal Financial Aid Process
More information on how to get help paying for school is available on our Finding Money for College page.