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Apply for Financial Aid

Seattle Central College is accepting Financial Aid Applications – Federal Grants are available. Application steps are available online at Financial Aid or by visiting the Financial Aid Office, Room BE1104C, 206.934.3844. Financial Aid

Worker Retraining Program

Provides funding and other resources to individuals receiving unemployment benefits and those who have exhausted their benefits within the last 24 months, to acquire the skills they need to return to work. If interested, go to Start Next Quarter and register for the next available orientation or call 206.934.3854 for more information. Start Next Quarter

Basic Food Employment & Training

Provides funding and support services for those that are currently receiving basic food assistance through DSHS (food stamps). If interested, go to Start Next Quarter and register for the next available orientation or call 206.934.3854 for more information. Start Next Quarter

WorkFirst Tuition Assistance

Provides tuition assistance to parents currently receiving (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families–DSHS) TANF. Parents enrolled in ESL / ABE or Professional Technical programs may be eligible. For information call WorkForce Services at 206.934.3854.

Opportunity Grant

Provides 45 credits of tuition total and up to $1000 in books per academic year to students in Opportunity Grant eligible professional / technical programs. Students must be Washington State residents, meet low income requirements and have no previous degree. Students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher. If interested, go to startnextquarter.org and register for the next available orientation. For information call 206.934.3854 or pick up an application in the Student Support Services office at 907 E Pine St. Opportunity Grant

Payment Plan

Don't have money to pay your tuition all at once? Join our new online payment plan and start budgeting for your education today. The sooner you start, the lower your monthly payments will be. Seattle Central is pleased to offer this payment plan from Nelnet Business Solutions to provide students with a low–cost option for budgeting tuition and fees. Online payment plan

Tuition Waivers for Veterans

Are you a veteran who needs assistance paying for college? Visit Veterans Affairs or call 206.934.3844 for information. Veterans Affairs

Support for former Foster Youth

The College Success Program provides individual support services, financial resource planning, scholarship assistance and emergency funding. For more information stop into Room BE4174, call 206.934.3169.

Tuition Re–imbursement

More and more employers are offering tuition reimbursement as a benefit to both full–time and part–time employees. Does your employer offer education incentives that you don't know about? Ask your human resources department.

Undocumented Student In–State Tuition Rate

Undocumented students who have resided in Washington State for the three years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma (or its equivalent) at a Washington school can pay in–state tuition at state colleges and universities. Students must complete and submit the HB 1079 affidavit available from admissions.

SB 6523 – Real Hope Act

Washington Dream Act students will be able to complete a free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For more information visit Ready Set Grad.

WASFA Program Requirements:

  • Must meet Washington state residency requirements.
  • Must have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED®.
  • Must have lived in Washington for three years prior to (and continuously since) earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply.*

Students granted deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) must also complete and sign the affidavit.

WASFA Awards:

  • Begins fall 2014.
  • State Need Grant funds (SNG) only (depends on availability of SNG at school and meeting eligibility requirements such as income).
  • Funds are not guaranteed, students must apply early.
  • Students complete a WASFA not a FAFSA.


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Use a Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
Qualified tuition and fees paid in 2010 may be claimed against federal income taxes. For information on eligibility requirements and credit amounts contact the Internal Revenue Service and search for "Hope and Lifetime Learning Credit" or call 1.800.829.1040.

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