Disbursement Process

Eligible students will receive their refunds on or after the first day of each quarter provided that they:

  • Registered for a full–time credit load at least 1 week prior to the first class day
    or
  • Registered for less than a full–time credit load and notified the Financial Aid Office at least 1 week prior to the first day of classes
    and
  • Were awarded financial aid at least 1 week prior to the first class day
  • Met all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements during their last quarter of attendance
  • Have selected a refund choice using their Seattle Colleges Card

Delay in Refunds

Students who do not meet all of the above conditions may experience a delay in receiving their refunds. These students should contact the Financial Aid Office, FinancialAid.central@seattlecolleges.edu, after they have completed their registration to inquire about when their refunds will be ready.

Seattle Colleges Card: Your Key to Quick Refund Disbursement

The Seattle Colleges partnered with financial services company Higher One® to provide students with a simple way to receive their financial aid and scholarships: the Seattle Colleges Card.

After you've applied for classes and registered your address with Seattle Central, you will shortly thereafter receive a green envelope that contains your Seattle Colleges (debit) Card.

  1. Activate your account at Seattle Colleges Card as soon as you receive your card, even if you aren't expecting an immediate refund.
  2. Select Your Refund Preference:
    • A same–day deposit to your OneAccount checking account, included with your Seattle Colleges Card. This account is FDIC–insured and has no monthly fee and no minimum balance.
    • Transfer to your personal bank account. Funds available in 2–3 business days.
    • A paper check. Funds available in 5–7 business days.
  3. Enjoy all the Benefits from your OneAccount checking account:
    • No minimum balance and no monthly fees
    • The quickest and easiest access to your disbursement funds
    • Free internet banking features
    • Make purchases anywhere Debit Mastercard is accepted
    • Withdraw cash at Higher One ATMs located on or around campus, with no fees

Discover more benefits of using your Higher One Seattle Colleges Card. If you have questions about the disbursement process, learn more.

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