Ready : Timeline
There are many key milestones in your child’s education. You may think of deadlines like college applications at the beginning of your child’s senior year. However, there are several stops along the way to graduation that will set them up for college success. Explore our interactive timeline for students, which you can sort by grade, or check out some of the big milestones for your family below.
- Low-income students in Washington should apply for the College Bound Scholarship by June 30 their 8th grade year.
- Students should take challenging classes, such as Honors, AP, IB, Running Start, or Tech Prep classes, to give them a leg-up. Often, these classes give college credit, saving time and money.
- Students going to a four-year college will need to take either the ACT or the SAT in 11th or 12th grade, along with any SAT subject tests, if required by the schools to which students are applying. If you are low-income, your student may be able to get a waiver for the test fee. Ask your child's high school couselor for more information. If your child is a College Bound Scholarship student, get more information here.
- Help your child apply for scholarships.
- Students going to a two-year college usually take the ASSET and COMPASS exams.
- Students joining the military must take the ASVAB exam.
- To apply for financial aid, the most important step is applying for the FAFSA or WASFA. Students in 12th grade should do this as soon as possible after October 1 their senior year.