12th Year Campaign
12th Year Campaign and Initiatives
The 12th Year Campaign is Washington’s combination of two national programs: College Goal Washington and the College Application Campaign. The Student Achievement Council administers the campaign with the aim of providing high school seniors with support during the college and financial aid application processes. The 12th Year Campaign plays an integral role in meeting the state’s 2023 education attainment goal of increasing the number Washington adults ages 25-44 earning a postsecondary credential to at least 70 percent.
An important third aspect to the campaign is the FAFSA Completion Initiative. In partnership with OSPI, WSAC maintains the FAFSA Completion Portal, an online tool districts can use to access their students’ FAFSA completion status. This initiative supports the national effort to increase FAFSA completion rates and thus increase the number of students pursuing a college education. The Washington Student Achievement Council also compiles and reports aggregate district FAFSA completion data.
American College Application Campaign
More information on the American College Application Campaign:
Educators interested in participating in the program can find more information, including a sign up form, on readysetgrad.org.
The American College Application Campaign® (ACAC), a national initiative designed to increase the number of students pursuing postsecondary education. In Washington, the Student Achievement Council partners with schools to help first-generation and low-income students overcome barriers and complete college applications. The two goals of the campaign are:
- To assist high school seniors as they navigate the college admissions process.
- Ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application.
College Goal Washington
More information on the College Goal Washington:
Educators interested in participating in the program can find more information, including dates and locations, on readysetgrad.org.
College Goal Washington is part of a national program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In Washington, the campaign also helps students and families file the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The FAFSA is a required part of the federal financial aid application process. The WASFA provides state funds to eligible low-income students who are unable to complete the FAFSA due to their immigration status. The Washington Student Achievement Council, in partnership with National College Access Network (NCAN), is the lead agency in administering College Goal Washington.
College Goal Washington aims to reduce the barriers students face in paying for college. This annual event takes place at numerous locations statewide in October and November. Volunteers administer College Goal Washington events.
Attendees receive help completing an initial FAFSA or WASFA submission and guidance on next steps in the application process. Financial aid counselors attend events to provide students and families with expert advice on the financial aid filing process.
The goals of the program include the following:
FAFSA Completion Initiative and Portal
More information on the FAFSA Completion Initiative and Portal:
Studies have shown that over 90 percent of the students who complete the FAFSA enroll at postsecondary institutions within 12 months of high school graduation. For many students, completing the FAFSA is the first step taken in pursuit of financial aid and postsecondary education.
In order to better assist school district personnel working with college-going students, the Washington Student Achievement Council, in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, offers the online FAFSA completion portal.
The portal allows districts to track whether individual students have filed a FAFSA and whether that submission contains errors. Counselors are able to follow each senior’s progress, provide individual support, and target help to increase FAFSA completion rates. In addition to student-level data, districts may view aggregate district and state-level comparison data and weekly completion statistics.
The Student Achievement Council provides training for participants in the program in both print and video form. In order to begin using the portal, each district must return a signed data usage agreement and designate a district point-person for portal access. For more information, contact Sarah Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.