Keeping you on track

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



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Grad : Military Information

The military can offer a diverse and challenging set of experiences and skill development, with travel opportunities and even help pay for part of your education. In order to join the military, you need to not only be physically fit, but having good grades and strength in math, engineering, science and foreign languages can help you move up more quickly.

Grad : Career & Transfer Planning

An important step in determining your career is deciding your focus of study in college. Washington State colleges offer a diverse array of course options. If you know where your interest lies, find a college that will best match your anticipated career path. If you’re not quite certain what you’d like to study, try different classes to see what interests you the most. You might be surprised what jumps out at you.

Set : Managing Your Money

In order to afford college, you will need to know what goes into the 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.

Set : Paying for My Education

The best way to ensure you are eligible for financial aid is to fill out your FAFSA every year. In addition, you can look at the opportunities available to you at the state level for grants, loans, scholarships, and work study. If federal and state level financial aid doesn’t fulfill your need, you can also search for private scholarships. Beware of any online service that requires you to pay to search for scholarships; most can be found online or through your school’s aid offices for free.

Set : What You Need to Know

Now that you’re in college, you need to focus on completing your certificate, program, or degree and paying for your education.

Talk to your counselor frequently to make sure you are on track to graduate on time. Many schools have online programs to help you track your progress toward graduation. These can help you stay on track for graduation, but should not serve as a substitute for talking to your counselor.

Ready : 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!


Ready : Timeline


  • Submit your FAFSA or WASFA beginning October 1.


  • Click here to learn more about college admission deadlines in Washington.


  • Applications for transfer students open for many Washington four-year colleges. Be sure to check the institution’s website to see whether you qualify for an application fee waiver.

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Ready : Preparing for My Education


Congratulations on making it to college! Completing your education is vital—not only to your career, but also to give you the best bang for your buck. In order to finish your degree, certificate, or program, you will need the right support—both academically and financially.