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College Access & Support

The 12th Year Campaign, Ready Set Grad, the

Presented by Weiya Liang, Director, College Access & Support


  • Overview of the 12th Year Campaign

    • American College Application Campaign

    • College Goal Washington

  • Overview of

  • Overview of the

  • Q & A

12th Year Campaign Background

American College Application Campaign

  • National initiative designed to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue postsecondary education.

  • WSAC ran two pilots in 2012 and 2013.

  • Pilots took place in Washington State GEAR UP schools and in South King County via the Roadmap to College efforts.

College Goal Washington

  • Part of a national program that helps students and families complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Administered by Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) from 2007-2013.

  • With NELA’s closure, WSAC became the administrating agency in fall 2013.

12th Year Campaign

By combining the American College Application Campaign and College Goal Washington into the 12th Year Campaign, we:

  • Link the college application and financial aid processes.

  • Contribute to the state’s goal of ensuring 70% of adults have a postsecondary credential.

College Application Components

Campaign runs October 13 – November 14, 2014

Activities include:

  • Discover U events:

    • All school staff wear college gear, educators will share their education/career pathways and every student participates in a 10-15 minute college/career exploration activity.

  • College exploration, preparation, application activities.

Participating sites will…

  • Receive a site lead workbook with suggested activities, and a student workbook.

  • Provide a dedicated space and staff support for completing applications.

  • Administer a post-campaign student survey to measure what students worked on during the month.

College Goal Washington Components

Campaign runs January & February, 2015

Activities include:

  • On-site FAFSA completion events.

Participating sites will…

  • Host an on-site FAFSA event.

  • Receive FAFSA and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) training for event volunteers.

  • Connect with financial aid experts (local college and university staff).

FAFSA Completion Initiative

  • New SAIG agreement signed with the US Department of Education.

  • Ready to share FAFSA completion data with school districts.

  • Working with OSPI on a data sharing agreement to get 12th grade student data.

  • Build a portal interface to share district level, individual student FAFSA completion data.

12th Year Campaign

Why sign-up?

  • Receive WSAC materials, including new ideas to support college application and FAFSA completion.

  • Access a network of financial aid professionals.

  • Build and enhance connections with college staff.

12th Year Campaign

How do I sign-up?

  • Contact Anna Batie, WSAC Program Associate for Outreach, for a 12th Year Interest Form ([email protected]).

    • Site lead training for the American College Application Campaign will take place via webinar in late September.

    • Site lead training for College Goal Washington will take place via webinar in late October.

Ready Set Grad


Ready Set Grad

Timeline Management

Updates & Reminders

Students and families may receive updates about events and deadlines.

  • College Bound Sign-up

  • College Application Week and College Goal Washington events

  • SAT/ACT dates

  • College admission and financial aid deadlines

Planning Tools & Resources

For Educators

Many of the programs and initiatives that would previously have been found on the Council site are now housed on Ready Set Grad.

Upcoming Content Additions

Scholarship search:

  • in a nutshell

  • Matches scholarships to your interests and goals

  • Students’ private information is kept confidential

  • Web-based, so you can use it at school, at the library, or at home

  • Serves all ages of students

  • No spam or ads

  • Free resource for Washington students or residents attending college outside of Washington

Weiya Liang, Director

College Access & Support

[email protected]


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