Students who apply for financial aid are more likely to go on to more education after high school. But last year Washington ranked 49th in the country for federal financial aid applications—we can do better.

WSAC has developed a new toolkit of resources to help educators and other supporters encourage students to complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yi8PltuCfLiIK8Pv9TywdRgJD-euHviNfY9sJMH-riw

The toolkit contains a variety of promotional materials:

  • Information about Otterbot, a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting “Hi Otter” to 360-928-7281.
  • A messaging slideshow that schools can use on hallway monitors and cafeteria screens, and in career centers.
  • Pre-made handouts, flyers, and signage to post or distribute to students and families.

A financial aid application is required to access most state, federal, and institutional aid, including the new Washington College Grant (WCG). WCG gives more money to more students for more kinds of education. Eligibility has expanded to include more low- and middle-income families. And the grant can be used for multiple pathways beyond just a four-year degree, including community or technical college, apprenticeships, and other training.

For more information about WCG and financial aid applications, please visit wsac.wa.gov/wcg.