Financial Aid & Financial Literacy

Learn how Willapa Valley used this free financial literacy program.
Learn how East Valley held a sign-up campaign to boost sign ups and create long-term sustainability for the CBS.
This presentation is from GEAR UP West 2017. Judge Karen Overstreet and CENTS Director Anthony Leahy have designed a free activity that empowers students to assemble critical information so they can wisely finance their postsecondary education. The activity has been utilized at numerous high schools in Washington as part of the Student Loan Awareness Month (SLAM) campaign, run by the Outreach Committee of the Washington Attorney General's Student Loan Workgroup.
This presentation is an introduction to Washington’s 12th Year Campaign and the FAFSA Completion Initiative. This material is from the Washington State GEAR UP: GPS for College Workshop in February 2016.
This student tracker is designed for school staff to monitor student progress around the college application, financial aid application, and acceptance process. Washington State GEAR UP has adapted and modified this tool with much appreciation from Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago GEAR UP. It includes key action steps that college-going students must complete during their senior year in high school.
This Excel document includes FAFSA filing deadlines for Washington schools, financial aid office contact information, and whether the school requires a supplemental application in addition to the FAFSA.
This resource guide is designed to assist college access professionals who work with high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). The information provided has an emphasis on supporting transgender youth who plan to continue their education at a postsecondary institution.
Use this guide to learn how you can begin finding and applying for money to finance your education!
A simple mistake could cost you a scholarship. It is important to pay attention to every detail. Applicants need to know what is being asked and need to comply with these requirements. Common mistakes are preventable. Show students how scholarships are often scored. Have them read and score the submissions. Debrief and help students learn how to avoid common pitfalls.
If you wish to provide your families with an overview of the financial aid process, this power point presentation can be downloaded for your own use. You should be able to modify the graphics, add or delete slides to fit your own school, your needs, or the time period allotted. However, the slides we've included in this template contain the basic information we feel families should have in order to make sense of the financial aid process and to get started. By Washington Financial Aid Associatio

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