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Preparing for College? Ready Set Grad is a resource offered by the Washington Student Achievement Council to help you find, pay for, and complete your education path that’s right for you.

Looking for a place to begin your financial literacy education? View our financial planning and debt management tips.


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Budget Your Expenses with this easy budgeting worksheet. The single best step you can take now to towards financial literacy and avoiding unnecessary debt is to minimize your expenses. Create a spending plan and stick to it! This budgeting worksheet is a great place to start.


Is debt already a big concern for you? Get help before the problem becomes even worse. Act now to avoid greater problems later. 


Estimate your student loan payments with our Loan Repayment CalculatorThe loan calculator will provide an estimate of your monthly repayment obligation once you leave school and start repaying your student loans.

Get a Job! Earnings from employment is an important resource to consider to help pay for educational costs. A part-time job of 15 hours per week at minimum wage during the academic year can provide enough income to pay full-time resident, undergraduate, tuition for a quarter. Add on a summer job and you can pay tuition for another quarter, plus books. Your earnings can also reduce student loan borrowing saving significant interest charges in the future. See the WWU Student Employment Center website for job opportunities both on-campus and off-campus. The center lists part-time jobs and work study positions.

Apply for Scholarships. The WWU Scholarship Center offers tips on searching for scholarships and lists private and institutional scholarship opportunities.

Research average salaries for your intended major or career. Western’s Career Services Center provides employment and earnings information on graduates of WWU along with national employment and pay scale information.

Keep your financial aid eligibility in satisfactory status. financial aid programs require aid recipients to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Include in your financial literacy the knowledge of the requirements. If you have federal, state, or institutional financial aid, see our Requirements webpage for details on keeping your financial aid eligibility.

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