•  FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) Information
    All graduating seniors planning on attending college, vocational or technical school need to complete the FAFSA .  Application and information is online at:  http://fafsa.ed.gov/
    from the U.S. Department of Education:
    State Deadline
    Washington - Enroll as soon as possible after October 1. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    You can complete the FAFSA up until the end of a school year – June 30, – to receive federal student aid, but don't wait. 
    College Deadline
    Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. Each college or university has its own earlier deadline for the FAFSA, known as the priority filing deadline. Completing your FAFSA by that date will help ensure you receive all the aid you're eligible for, including gift aid or loan options from the institution. Contact your school's financial aid office if you aren't sure when this is.  You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

    For More in depth information on Federal Student Aid Programs Click Here 


  • What is the SAT?

    *The SAT is a Standardized Admissions Test for Colleges in the United States.
    It is meant to show schools how prepared you are for college by measuring key skills like reading comprehension, computational ability, and clarity of expression. Because so many students take the test, it also provides schools with data about how you compare to your peers nationwide.

     The SAT is scored out of 1600.

    The Reading and Writing sections on the current SAT have been combined into a single section with a maximum score of 800. All questions are now based on passages. The subject matter of passages are pre-determined. There's 1 passage concerning US and World Literature, 2 for History/Social Studies, and 2 for Science.  Some passages will now contain data and require interpretation of data.

    Writing is known as "Writing and Language."  Greater emphasis on: Logic and expression of ideas, higher-level writing skills, punctuation rules.

    The Math section is still scored out of 800.  Greater emphasis on: data interpretation and graphs; algebra and solving equations; realistic scenarios as prompts for questions.
    Lesser emphasis on: geometry and shapes (like triangles and circles); abstract logic questions.

    The Essay is optional.

    You'll almost certainly need to take the SAT if you're applying to any colleges or universities in the United States, since most require you to submit test scores with your application. Depending on where you want to apply, your SAT score can account for as much as 50% of the admission decision, so a strong standardized test score is vital.

    *Rainier High School hosts the SAT twice a year.  Register for the SAT at:  https://www.collegeboard.org/
  • For University Application Timelines, Web sites, Scholarships and other Application information:
    Click on the "Washington College & University Information" link listed on the far left of this page.
    For Technical College Information:
    Click on the "Technical Colleges" information link listed on the far left of this page.
           "Studies continue to reveal the growing jobs crisis in the United States due to an obvious skills gap. According to workboots.com, 10 million new workers are needed by 2020. Currently, 600,000 skilled jobs are going unfilled, yet 52 percent of our workforce is having trouble finding a good job. This data also shows that Americans believe skilled professions are important, but they don’t want to work those jobs. The connection is not being made, and now is the time to make it. There’s never been a better time to be skilled. It’s basic supply-demand economics, and demand is presently in the trade column."