Keeping you on track

Learn how Ready Set Grad can help you stay on track to graduate and succeed.


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Grad : High School Grad & College Admission Standards

High School Graduation Standards

The State Board of Education website provides information on the Washington State High School graduation requirements for each graduating class.

Grad : Career Planning

Everyone’s probably given you a few ideas about what kind of career you should have, but what do YOU want to do? If you don’t know yet, use the list below to help you figure it out! And don’t worry, you have time to decide.

"Explore careers and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Or, for a fun interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search. 

Ready : Preparing for my Education

Below are some deadlines and tasks to consider completing before you leave high school. We left some room below each milestone for you to take some notes and keep track of where you are and where you want to go. When you are done, email this page to yourself, or use our About.Me portfolio building instructions to keep everything together digitally. Return and update your plan whenever you want!

Grad : Resources

Need some more ideas for how to stay organized? Want a template that helps you narrow down your college and career goals and interests? Want to talk to others who are dealing with the same deadlines and tough choices? Check out this list of resources we’ve developed for you!

Set : Applying for Financial Aid

Your financial need is the difference between the amount it will cost you to go to school (cost of attendance) and the amount of money that you and your family are judged able to pay (expected family contribution).

Your expected family contribution will not vary much from school to school. However, each school has a different cost of attendance. Therefore, your financial need, or the amount of aid for which you qualify, may vary from school to school.

Ready : Overview

Congratulations! You’re a senior in high school and graduation is right around the corner. If you’ve been following this website through middle and high school, you’re probably well on your way to attending the college of your choice. If you’re new to Ready Set Grad, welcome!

This year, you need to finish your graduation requirements, determine what you’re doing after graduation, and make sure you have the financial support to make it happen. There are numerous resources to help you get to college here, no matter where you are in the process. 

Set : Managing Your Money

In order to afford college, you need to know what goes into its cost. You may think of tuition, mandatory fees, room and board (food), books, transportation, and supplies. Some of these costs you can’t control, such as tuition. However, if you’re financially literate, you can learn to balance a budget and keep costs down on the items you can control, such as transportation and food.

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. 

Ready : Timeline

Set : Find the Right School


Finding the programs you want to explore—and the schools that offer them—can be time-consuming. Online resources like can help. The site allows you to search by school, location, degree type, and even academic program—from mechanical engineering to creative writing, or special education to biology.