Life After High School

The Grandview Heights Public Library, in partnership with Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator is offering a free, ACT Crash Course online. You do not have to be a member of their library to join. Sign-up quickly, these classes fill up fast!
Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm- 6:30 pm online Pacific time
For: High School Students
Costs: Free
Length: Four hours of online instruction (plus a 30-minute break midway through the class)
Registration Link: Register Here
Registration Deadline: 11:55 pm, Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Content: For each of the 5 ACT sections, attendees will rapidly work out and discuss retired ACT questions in a timed setting.
Have on hand: A calculator, pens/pencils, and a notebook.
Complexity/Pace: This is a fast-paced, rigorous, and intensive crash course. Dr. Sampath will analyze a variety of ACT questions from simple to complex.
SAT/PSAT: Students have utilized this course to improve their SAT performance as well.

College and Career Compass will help you discover your path.  Explore nearly 4,000 educational pathways offered by colleges in Washington—from short certificates to prepare you for immediate employment to four-year degrees to support your career choice. 

College Curator has great ideas for getting ready for getting ready for the SAT and ACT as well as tips on Transitioning to College.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a new web tool for college-bound students.  The tool will help you understand your financial aid offer, help you budget the remaining costs, estimate how much you will owe, determine whether you can afford that debt, and more.

Ready to get your Driver's License? Find practice tests for the Washington DOL here:
Driving Test

Health Care Triage is incredible YouTube channel brought to you by the same folks who gave us Crash Course. Watch episodes on taking vitamins, drinking enough water, pregnancy myths, and new information on COVID. The videos are informative AND fun.

Highschool Financial Planning Program Plan for the journey ahead with financial education.  Watch lessons from the HFPP on money management, borrowing, earning power, and more!

How to Adult is also a fantastic YouTube channel brought to you by the folks who put together Health Care Triage and Crash Course. Learn everything from how to budget to how to unclog a toilet! Has free financial literacy units for high school students.  There are lesson plans, teacher guides, and student lessons.  Learn about making personal finance decisions, making money, budgeting, and living on your own. 

Running Start Pilot Scholarship Program Students can receive funding for their fees if they enroll over their eligibility. They may also receive a $10 bookstore voucher for every eligible credit they are enrolled in. The funding is available for Winter Quarter and potentially Spring, if any funds remain.
The funding is first-come, first-served and students must qualify in the following ways:
1.      Qualify for the low-income waiver at SVC and be coded as such in our system (requires proper signatures regarding   Free/Reduced Meals on the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form or an eligibility letter from the school district)
2.      Be enrolled in at least one Running Start course for the quarter they are applying for
3.      Have a college GPA of 2.0 (or have not yet established a college GPA)

Skagit Valley College’s SVC Foundation Scholarship and STEM Scholarship is open for incoming and returning students to apply for. 

  • Foundation Scholarship Application closes Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Cardinal STEM Scholars closes Saturday, May 15, 2021

Skagit Valley College and 5 other community will be hosting another virtual college fair on February 11th and April 20th. This is a great opportunity for perspective students to learn about specific programs, funding options, and student support that each college offers. Below are the links for the upcoming events:

Virtual Events are posted on our events calendar: Recruiters are hosting College Information Sessions as well as Running Start Information Session in both English and Spanish.

 If you are a student who has an interest in attending Skagit Valley College and want to speak to a specialist, please email: and a specialist will connect with you.

Thinking Money For Kids is a game that helps kids learn about earning money and balancing a budget. Private scholarships are one tool to help make college or training after high school more affordable. Students and families in Washington can access to create a profile and be matched with potential scholarship opportunities. Many scholarships are available regardless of income. Businesses, organizations, and colleges award scholarships to students for good grades, community service, athletic ability, or a variety of other qualities or activities.

Washington Student Achievement Council advances educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.  They have great information on applying for financial aid!