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Continuing Education

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Ready : Preparing for My Education

Making the decision to go back to school is huge, and can have a great impact on you and your family. Congratulations on making the first step to continuing your lifelong learning process. There is an ever-increasing number of nontraditional students returning to school, so you’ll be in great company.

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.

Ready : Resources

Here are some great resources from the state and our local universities to help you continue your education.

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction: Continuing Education Information

University of Washington

Ready : What You Need to Know

Did you know that college graduates live longer, healthier lives, are more likely to stay employed, are more likely to enjoy their work, can change careers more easily, and earn $20,000 a year or more, on average, than high school graduates? These are great reasons to go back to school to further your education and career. Whether you’re looking into a certificate program, community or vocational-tech college, or four-year institution, you’re making a positive choice.

Residency & Non U.S. Citizenship

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 : Resources

Here are some great resources from the state and our local universities to help you continue your education.

Colleges and Universities

Grad : Earning Credit

If you're heading back to school, remember that past college coursework and even prior experiences might be eligible for college credit. 

Helpful resources


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 : Find the Right School

Do you want to stay close to home, or move far away? Are you really into sports, or want a school that has more art and cultural activities? Are you hoping to live on campus in a residence hall, or in an off-campus apartment?

"Cool Tool: White House College Scorecard helps match your interests with potential colleges! 

Ready : Timeline

There are many deadlines for the college application process to which you should pay attention. Because each school is different, start out by making a personalized calendar with the dates of the deadlines for the schools to which you’ll be applying.