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Wednesday Webinars

Webinar #1 Financial Aid Updates (youtube)

In the first webinar you will learn more about changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA and WASFA, and the resources available through the 12th Year Campaign. We will also discuss the FAFSA Completion Portal, a WSAC tool that allows schools to view their students' FAFSA completion status. 

 Webinar #2 College Bound Scholarship Repledge (youtube)

 The transition from middle to high school can be challenging, especially for low-income and underrepresented youth. The College Bound Re-pledge campaign, championed and led by the Washington College Access Network, is an opportunity to re-engage College Bound Scholarship ninth grade students in high school and remind them of their commitment. This campaign provides a platform to talk to students around the scholarship’s commitment while also connecting behavior, attendance, and class performance to the larger goal of high school completion, postsecondary enrollment, and a successful career.

 Webinar #3 - Implementing the 24-Credit Career- and College-Ready Diploma (youtube)

This webinar will address the 24-Credit Career- and College-Ready Diploma and Personalized Pathways high school requirement for students. 

 Webinar #4 - Dual Credit Updates  (youtube)

All secondary school counselors are encouraged to sign up for this WSAC-OSPI Dual Credit webinar. During this hour, we will cover a wide variety of topics, including new information about the purpose of dual credit; differences between dual credit, credit equivalencies, 2-for-1 courses and cross-crediting; the types of dual credit and challenges/benefits of each; hot topics such as funding issues, co-delivery and transcripting/coding; legislation updates; and updated resources.  There will be time for specific questions at the end of the webinar.

Webinar # 5 - Developing Postsecondary Pathways (youtube)

This webinar discusses ways to help students develop their pathway to postsecondary enrollment from K-12. It will also explore the options have available to them, and prepare them for their college and career plans.

Webinar # 6 - Financial Aid 201 (youtube)

This webinar will explore a more in depth discussion about the financial aid applications (FAFSA and WASFA), process, and awards for you to assist your students. Come learn more about the resources that the 12th Year Campaign can provide to your school's students while they are in the Financial Aid process.




#6 Dual Credit

May 18, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Noreen Light—Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Policy at WSAC
Dixie Grunenfelder, Director of Secondary Education at OSPI
Danise Ackelson, Supervisor of Guidance and Counseling at OSPI

  • Differences between dual-credit programs. 
  • Co-delivery of dual-credit courses. 
  • Coding dual-credit courses on student transcripts. 
  • Grants to help fund dual-credit program elements, including test fees and tuition.

#5 Financial Aid 201—Reviewing Financial Award Letters and Cost of Attendance 

April 20, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Steve Thorndill—Associate Director for Training & Compliance, Student Financial Aid Division at WSAC

  • Review and interpret financial aid award letters that students may now be receiving for 2016-17 academic year enrollment. 
  • Determine each institution’s cost of attendance.
  • Compare how different colleges award gift aid (grants, scholarships and waivers), loans, and work study. 

#4 Washington State Learning Standards and Assessments

March 16, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Aira Jackson—Literacy/English Language Arts Director at OSPI
Randy Spaulding—Director for Academic Affairs and Policy at WSAC
Bill Moore—Director for K-12 Partnerships and Core to College Alignment at SBCTC

  • Resources to communicate with students on their Smarter Balanced scores.
  • College placement agreements.
  • Bridge to College transition courses

#3 Minimum College Admissions Standards

February 10, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4

Noreen Light – Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Policy at WSAC

  • Overview of the minimum college admissions standards, which are the required criteria for admission into four-year public colleges and universities in Washington State. 
  • Updates to the new 2016 policy. 
  • Resources to share with students.

#2 Financial Aid 101

January 20, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Sarah Weiss—Assistant Director for College Access & Support at WSAC 

  • Updates on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
  • Free resources available to use with students on financial aid applications.

#1 Ready, Set, Grad

December 9, 2016 (wmv) (mp4)

Sarah Weiss—Assistant Director for College Access & Support at WSAC 

  • Overview of WSAC's outreach website for students and families,, and how to find info about:
    • Washington’s 12th Year Campaign.
    • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion initiative.
  • Demo of the dual-credit lookup tool.