Pay for College

The 12th Year Campaign can help you with two important steps you need to take to go to college, applying for college and financial aid.

After you apply for admissions to your post-high school options, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). You can do this at a College Goal Washington event. It's a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete applications.

Check out the 12th Year Campaign Student Workbook and the handouts below for high school juniors and seniors. They will guide you through the college admissions and financial aid application process. 

Get Help from Otterbot!  Otter the Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education.

  • Access Otterbot via text message 24/7 by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.
  • Text Otter at any time for help; it will provide you with answers or direct you to helpful resources.
  • If Otter receives a question it cannot answer, it will send the message to a financial aid expert from the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Federal and State Financial Aid Application

Washington State Financial Aid

College Bound Scholarship

Washington College Grant

Information for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth/Students in Foster Care

  • Fostering College Knowledge. If you have been in foster care at any time after age 13, money and resources are available to help you go to college - including vocational training, 2-, and 4-year options - for most Washington State schools. 
  • SchoolHouse Connection. Have you experienced homelessness? Are you considered an unaccompanied homeless youth?  Find resources to help you pursue your path after high school.
  • http://independence.wa.gov This website is for foster youth. It contains info on college access, scholarships specifically for youth in foster care, jobs, housing, self-advocacy, and more. 

Scholarship Support

  • Scholar Snapp. This free tool helps students can save time by reusing their information — including contact details, essays, transcripts, etc. — from one application to another. Students can fill out one application and simply import it, or “snapp” it, to their Scholar Snapp profile. 
  • Scholarships. From WCAN. Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese

Understanding Financial Aid