Last year in Washington, only about half of all graduating high-school seniors filled out the federal paperwork that is the key to unlocking financial aid for college.
It was one of the worst rates in the country, and it mattered because students who apply for financial aid are much more likely to go to college.
But Seattle’s public high schools are doing much better than the state average. That might be because students here have an additional incentive: For the past few years, graduates of a handful of Seattle’s high schools were guaranteed a free year of community college, so long as they filled out the paperwork and met certain deadlines. … Click to read more.