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Does a resource come to mind that you’d like to see represented here to best serve young people experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability?
You feel ready to think about what you want to do after high school. What options appeal to you?
You’ve thought about it a lot and going to school just isn’t appealing to you right now. You know of some friends
who went straight into jobs and are thriving. Maybe you need to acquire certain skills and would be willing to
spend some extra time learning, but would like to entire the workforce as soon as possible.
Here are some organizations that might be able to help.
Apprenticeships allow you to earn money while you learn a specific trade. These programs combine classroom style learning with on-the-job training supervised by a professional.
Some examples of different skills you can learn are construction, healthcare, or culinary arts. Similar to going to college, it will take several years to be fully trained. But unlike college, as an apprentice you will earn money while learning your specific skill. This type of education offers time with experienced professionals, higher pay for skilled trades, quick advancement opportunities and certificate opportunities.
You have a plan and an idea of what type of job you’re looking for.
Maybe you really see yourself working in a salon, in some kind of construction, or in a hospital setting, for example, but aren’t feeling a long term school commitment?
Exploring certification programs could be a great fit for where you are.
You want to continue your education but you have some lingering questions. You may know exactly what
degree you want to pursue, or maybe you don’t. You might need to talk to someone about how financial
aid works or what college would be the best fit for you. Depending on your needs, there are many
different avenues to explore to help you get clear on your next academic adventure.
The cost of college is different at every school. Usually, community and technical colleges cost less, while four-year colleges or universities cost more. A public college located in a state where you live will likely be the cheapest option, because the college will provide a resident tuition rate that is cheaper than an out-of-state rate. If you want to go to a school outside of Washington, check out the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program where students can get in-state tuition in other states. Sometimes private colleges or universities can be a cheaper alternative than a public out-of-state school.
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A tweet from Gov. Inslee that said: A postsecondary credential is one of the best paths to solid financial footing. That’s why Washington established the most equitable financial aid program in the nation — the Washington College Grant.
Life can be unpredictable and because of that you may have to figure out how to pay for unexpected needs. Colleges understand unexpected needs, so many of them offer different types of emergency aid to support students. Check with your financial aid office to see if they offer emergency funding. Emergency funding is provided to students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that block them from being successful at school and hinder degree attainment.
Aid comes in a variety of forms that include grants, loans and/or campus resources.
What if I need money in an emergency?
This will not be an easy process, but if you advocate for yourself and stay connected to your support network, getting an education beyond high school can be a reality for you.
While not all two-year community or technical colleges offer on-campus living options, some of the colleges in this state do offer shared apartments and residence halls. For a list of two-year community and technical colleges that offer housing visit:
Washington Information Network (211) A resource for people to call for human service information and other assistance to meet their transitional housing needs.
The resources listed are only a small sample of the resources on a college campus. These offices were recommended and regularly used by actual college students experiencing homelessness.
Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)
Provides support to individuals receiving federal food assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS):
Disability Resource Office
An on-campus office committed to supporting and sustaining an inclusive campus and help students grow to be confident, self-advocating, engaged members of society, who use their unique talents to enrich the communities they live in. This office can support you by offering course readings in alternative formats, advocating for academic adjustments for students, or even negotiating extra time on tests.
TRiO Program Resources or Student Support Services
These programs provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
Financial Aid Office