Applying and Paying for College

The PTSA partners with outstanding college application advisors to provide guidance on the various aspects of applying to colleges.

2020-2021 Webinars

The PTSA is hosting the following 3 webinars, free to PTSA members.  Not a member?  Join HERE.  Can't afford the $25 membership?  Select "Non-PTSA Member, scholarship" when you register.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 7-8 PM
“Applying to Colleges during COVID-19”
with Bob Sprung and College Representatives from San Diego State University, Chapman University, and the University of Florida 


  • Changes to the Common App and Coalition for Colleges, including essay changes 
  • Colleges’ Perceptions & Handling of Spring 2020 High School Grading During COVID-19
  • SAT/ACT: From Required to Test Optional. Impact?  Exceptions? Recommendations?
  • Have early action and early decision options changed?
  • Overall impact of COVID-19 on the Application Process
  • Gap Year / Community College Year: Are schools offering deferred admission? Impact on the student’s ability to get into desired school if applying a year out?  Other thoughts?
  • With most tours cancelled, recommendations for getting a feel for a school? 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 7-8 PM 
"The College Essay"
with Bob Spring of Bob Spring College Counseling, LLC.


Bob will be discussing what to do (and what not to do) on college essays using this year’s prompts as he steps students through essay writing.  He has extensive experience in admissions, including nearly 15 years as an admissions counselor and senior associate director of admissions with Duquesne University.

Thursday, October 1, 7-8 PM “Paying for College Without Going Broke” with Paula Bishop


  • Step by Step Procedures for Filling out Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA, the CSS Profile)
    • NOTE: FAFSA Window opens October 1
  • In-depth Discussion of 529 College savings plans and GET
  • The Secrets of Financial Aid for College
  • Myths vs. Realities of Athletic Recruiting and Financial Aid
  • How to Determine if You Qualify for Financial Aid and for How Much Aid
  • Financial Aid Award Letters - Are They Telling the Parents Enough?  Evaluating Awards

Video - College 101: College Application Orientation and COVID-19

Wherever your child is in their high school career, your family can benefit from the presentation video “College Application Orientation" that Sally Fouché made specifically for Issaquah High PTSA. You and your child will be making many college-related decisions: whether to take the SAT or ACT, where and how many colleges to apply to, how to prepare for the application process, and how to apply for financial aid and scholarships.  This presentation addresses all of this, plus, changes to anticipate due to COVID-19.


The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1 every year and is one of the most important things for students applying to college.  Even if you don't qualify for aid, many scholarship programs require that you fill out the FAFSA.  Learn more HERE.

Academic Counseling and College Planning staff at Issaquah High School are a wealth of information for additional questions and personalized information.