Five Things You Can Do To Prepare for College During "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Attending college in Washington State, and really the whole world, looks a bit different right now. After Governor Jay Inslee's recent "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, you may be thinking it's best to put your college plans on hold. However, both state and federal funding for education is able to serve more students than ever, and many community colleges are making it easier than ever to enroll and register.

We've put together a list of five things you can do now to move toward your education and career goals. 

1. Don't put your goals on hold. Apply to schools.

Go ahead and apply! Most community colleges are free to apply to and offer pathways to every career, plus 2-year transfer degrees to universities. SPSCC's application deadline is April 6 for Spring Quarter, and later for summer and fall. Plus, we've made it as easy as possible to complete all of the Steps to Enroll online.

2. Get money for college. Fill out the FAFSA or WASFA.

Just knowing how much money you'll be given to pay for college can be the relief you need to register for classes. In Washington State, the new Washington College Grant is providing more state-funded "free money for college" to more students than ever, starting in fall 2020.

Under the new grant, funding is extended to middle-income families for the first time ever. The first step toward getting the grant is to fill out the FAFSA (if you are a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen) or WASFA (if you're not eligible to complete the FAFSA). Don't forget to include SPSCC's school code 005372 in your list of schools!

3. Explore career options through a fun online assessment.

If you know you want to attend college but are unsure what to study, check out the SPSCC Career Coach website. You can explore careers, learn about wages and local job opportunities, take a fun and self-revealing online assessment, or request more information.

4. Take a virtual tour and attend a virtual information session.

While on-campus tours and information sessions are currently on pause at most colleges, many are offering virtual tours and ways to engage with online meetings.

Take a virtual tour of the SPSCC Olympia Campus or attend a virtual Admissions Information Session from anywhere!

5. Give yourself a break to reduce stress and anxiety.

Don't forget to give yourself a break from work and home responsibilities (and college applications!). These things can increase the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing during this time.

SPSCC Counseling Services are available to help current SPSCC students through live video appointments using Zoom. But anyone can check out this video from SPSCC counselors Sally and Ross with tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

We can't wait to see you online soon, and on campus as soon as possible. Request Info from SPSCC.


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