The Steps to Enrolling were developed to ensure your academic success as you progress through your
program of study at the Seattle Colleges. If this is your first time in college and you plan to earn a degree or
certificate at one of our colleges, you must complete these steps before you can register for classes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Seattle College District operates on an
open door admission policy (District Policy 305). Consistent
with available space and resources, each campus
admits those persons who:
The college does not desire to replace or duplicate the functions of the local public schools; however, persons
under the age of 18 may request special admission on a course-by-course basis, provided they have attained
at least high school junior standing. Criteria for granting admission are: competency at an appropriate academic,
artistic, and/or technical talent level and the ability to participate in an adult learning environment.
Specific admissions procedures are available in the registrar’s office at each campus and at
To apply, students have three options:
For those intending to transfer in credits from another
college or university for evaluation, submit official copies
of transcripts from any community colleges, universities
or technical schools attended.
NOTE: For some programs at Seattle Central,
high school transcripts may be required.
Students may enroll at more than one of the Seattle Colleges
without paying more than the maximum
tuition at any one college; however, additional class
or college fees may be incurred. When applying online,
submit separate applications for each college.
NOTE: Financial aid recipients may receive aid through only
one college. See the Financial Aid office at your home college
four weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter if you plan to
enroll in more than one college in the district.
Students who were not enrolled for the most recent
quarter, but who were previously enrolled at the Seattle
Community Colleges, may enroll during open registration.
Students should update their address information
NOTE: At Central, students may register with currently enrolled
students if not more than five years have passed. Contact the
Registration Office for an appointment.
Students who were dismissed for disciplinary or academic
reasons must see the Vice President for Student Services
(the Dean of Instruction at SVI).
Students who pause (drop out) for a quarter or more
and are interested in graduating should be aware that
they may choose to fulfill requirements in effect from an
earlier catalog, provided:
Students are advised that if they graduate under an earlier
catalog some current transfer requirements of four-year
institutions may not be satisfied.
Residents – U.S. Citizens
To qualify for in-state (resident) tuition applicants must have lived in Washington state for reasons other than
educational purposes for one full year prior to the first day of the quarter in which resident fees are requested.
A financially dependent student may also be eligible for resident tuition if one or both parents or legally appointed
guardian(s) have maintained a domicile in Washington for one full year prior to the first day of the quarter.
Establishing permanent state residency includes compliance with Washington state laws, vehicle and driver’s license
registration and registration to vote in this state, if applicable.
Applicants may qualify for in-state tuition rates without establishing residency if they:
Contact the Registration Office for more information on additional legal requirements to qualify for these exemptions.
Those who do not meet the residency requirements or eligibility for exemption are assessed tuition and fees based on
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed the definition of “resident student” so that
certain students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States are eligible for resident student status
– and eligible to pay resident tuition rates – when they attend public colleges and universities in this state.
To qualify for resident status, students must complete an affidavit/declaration/certification if they are not permanent
residents or citizens of the United States, but have met one of the following conditions:
Students who meet one of the above conditions must also certify that they will be filing an application to become
a permanent resident of the United States as soon as they are eligible to apply. Students must also certify that
they are willing to engage in activities designed to prepare them for citizenship, including citizenship
and civics review courses.
Students who meet these conditions and would like to pay resident tuition rates should contact the college
Seattle Central College
North Seattle College
South Seattle College
Seattle Vocational Institute
Financial aid may be available to help make education possible. Financial Aid offices can help students apply for
grants, work-study, and scholarships. They also provide information on eligibility requirements, student rights and
responsibilities in receiving aid, requirements for maintaining aid, planning a budget, and other financial concerns.
Student expenses include estimates of all school and
basic college living expenses for the academic year (fall,
winter, and spring quarters). Information on student budgets
is available in the Consumer Information brochure
available in the Financial Aid office at each campus and
on the financial aid websites listed above.
Using information provided on financial aid forms, a determination
is made of the amount a student is expected to
contribute toward his or her expenses for the academic
year. The amount a student can pay is subtracted from
the cost of attendance to determine the amount of need.
Students are required to make satisfactory academic
progress in their chosen course of study. Students are
advised to check with the campus Financial Aid Office
Three basic kinds of financial aid are available for students.
Financial aid may consist of one or more of:
Many different scholarships are offered. Amounts, eligibility
criteria and deadlines vary. Check with the Financial
Aid Office for information and application forms.
Eligible students pursuing approved pathways* may
receive funding to cover tuition and mandatory fees
up to 45 credits (990 clock hours) and up to $1000
per academic year for tools, texts and supplies.
* See “opportunity grants” on college websites for a list
of approved programs. For additional grant information,
Central (206) 934-6937
North (206) 934-3787
South (206) 934-5200
SVI (206) 934-3192
The Seattle Colleges offer hundreds of students free and reduced tuition, books, and fees every
quarter through Start Next Quarter (SNQ).
Interested students can see if they pre-qualify for Opportunity Grants, Worker Retraining, Basic Food Employment
and Training, and WorkFirst funds by visiting this website. Students who pre-qualify for funding are invited to a
Start Next Quarter workshop where their eligibility for funding is confirmed. Funding is limited and may be restricted
to certain courses of study. Potential SVI students can also use SNQ.
Federal and state financial assistance is available for
students attending SVI. Depending on eligibility, assistance
consists of work-study and grants, including Pell
Grants, State Need Grants, and Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grants (SEOG). SVI also participates in Worker
Retraining, WorkFirst funding, the Opportunity Grant Program,
Basic Food and Employment and Training (BFET),
College Bound Scholarship and Passport Scholarship
Financial aid application instructions and funding options
information is given in the Educational Planning Course
described on page 170. Early application is encouraged.
Late applicants may have their entry into school delayed.
In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, students must
maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Veterans Affairs Offices
Central & SVI (206) 934-4147
North (206) 934-7309
South (206) 934-5811
The Veterans Affairs Offices provide services to help veterans
and eligible dependents receive and maintain VA
educational benefits while in school. Benefits handled by
college staff include the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Post 9/11
G.I. Bill, Veterans Education Assistance Program/VEAP,
Reserve Education Assistance Program, Benefits Program
for Dependents and Surviving Spouses, Selective Reserve
Assistance Program, Vocational Rehabilitation Program
and others. The office maintains attendance records
and monitors academic progress, assists in applying for
tutorial and work-study benefits (for some veterans), and
approves eligibility for tuition discounts for eligible veterans,
their spouses and/or their dependents.
To receive benefits, students must contact the Veterans
Affairs campus office prior to the beginning of the academic
quarter. If students are transferring from another
school or are applying through the Veterans Administration,
they must also contact the office to ensure all application
requirements have been met. All veterans must apply for a
credentials evaluation as soon as possible and notify the
office immediately of any changes in address, program,
dependents, enrollment, etc.
It is important that students be aware of all requirements
outlined by the college and the Department of Veterans
Affairs to fulfill educational objectives. Veterans and eligible
dependents receiving benefits are required to maintain specific
academic standards in order to retain benefits. Some
classes or courses of study are not applicable for benefits.
Subject to limitations, Veterans or National Guard
members, and their children and spouses, may be eligible
for tuition waivers. For more information about eligibility,
contact the Veterans Affairs Office at each campus.
Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be certain to complete the
application according to instructions.
When to Apply
All application documents must be accurately completed
and delivered to the Financial Aid Office by the published
deadline date. For exact dates see the “Deadline” section
of the Consumer Information brochure available at each
campus. It is recommended that the student begin this
process as soon as possible.
Students need to apply only once each school year, but
they must reapply every year of attendance. Applications
are processed in the order received. Late applicants must
plan to pay for their own tuition by the tuition deadline and
purchase their own books so that they are ready to begin
class on the first day of school. Aid will be disbursed later
in the quarter to eligible, late-aid applicants.
Students are mailed a financial aid notification letter indicating
award types and amount per quarter. It is important
to read the notice carefully, following all instructions.
Students are also notified by letter if they are ineligible
for financial aid.
Financial aid is first applied to tuition and fees charged at
the time of registration. Any remaining balance is issued to
the student. A student has three options for receiving this
disbursement (also called a refund):
Work-study awards are paid through a payroll check twice
a month as the money is earned. Campus financial aid
offices provide detailed instructions for both disbursements
(refunds) and work-study payments.
Students receiving support from outside agencies should
make certain the agency has sent its authorization to
the Financial Aid Office at least a week before the tuition
If a student withdraws from school or drops more than the
required credits to maintain aid, financial aid stops. Tuition
refunds are not returned to the student but credited to the
appropriate financial aid account. In the case of official
withdrawal, students may be required to repay a percentage
of their cash disbursement and/or tuition and fees. If
a student drops out without notifying the school, he/she
may be billed for the entire amount. Repayment is required
before receiving consideration for any further aid, to register
for future quarters, or to have transcripts released to
another institution. Students should contact the campus
Financial Aid Office for details.
Information in this publication regarding financial aid is
subject to change without notice and does not constitute
an agreement between the colleges and the students.
Most new students are required to take the COMPASS
placement test (SVI students see below). COMPASS is
an untimed, computerized test used by the colleges to
evaluate reading, writing and math skills and to determine
the appropriate math and English course placements.
Possible exemptions to taking the test are recent proof
of college-level English and math with a 2.0 or better
GPA, other recent placement test scores submitted via the Placement Reciprocity form, some training
or performance courses.
Contact the Testing and Assessment Office, your college
website, or www.beforeyoutest.org for details about taking
the test on your campus, and
for current fees and guidelines.
Preparing for the test helps to ensure the most accurate
test results and the best course placement. There are
several options to prepare: A free two-hour workshop is
available at all three colleges, usually twice a week. The website
provides all the information you need about the COMPASS
and on-line resources for test preparation, including who should take the tests, when and where. It also explains accomodations for
disability and retaking a test. Current cost for the COMPASS Test
is $19 (for 2014-15).
Some students also take the ESL COMPASS along with
the Standard COMPASS Test to assess their English
skills. If a student’s skill set is good, the computer moves
the student into the Standard COMPASS for further
assessment and placement.
Central Testing Office
North Testing Center
South Student Assessment Services
SVI students take the CASAS Test. There is no fee
for this test. Students prepare for the test by attending
the Educational Planning Course described on page 170.
SVI students for whom English is a second language
take an ESL placement test.
SVI Educational Planning and Registration
START:New Student Orientation
Participation in the orientation is mandatory for new
students entering the Seattle Colleges. New Student
Orientation provides an overview of programs and services,
and the opportunity to meet with an advisor and register
for courses online.
The Seattle Colleges provide educational advising to new and enrolled students (District Policy 315).
Advising is available to help plan a course of study and select the appropriate classes. At North and South, advisors
provide information on Professional-Technical programs and academic transfer programs as well as admission requirements for
At Central, the Workforce Education Manager provides information on Professional-Technical programs, and advisors provide information
on academic programs as well as admission requirements for four-year institutions.
Advising centers maintain a broad collection of catalogs/transfer guides from colleges, universities, and vocational schools.
The Seattle Colleges require official enrollment
before a student may enter any class. Official enrollment
is the process of registering for classes and payment of
tuition and fees.
Students may register for classes by using campus online
services (see below) or completing an enrollment form,
and then paying tuition.
The Seattle Colleges operate on a quarter
system. The quarterly course schedules are published
approximately 6 weeks before the start of a quarter and
are available online, or can be downloaded and printed. Registration information
is provided to all new and currently enrolled students.
Current students receive priority in registering.
Check the academic calendar at seattlecolleges.edu/calendar/.
Online registration via the college websites is available for students seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Students can use online services to register/add/drop classes, get quarterly grades, look up registration appointments,
check financial status, change their PIN, or pay for classes by credit card or deferred payment plan.
For more registration information, visit the campus website or contact the campus Registration Office.
Registration websites can be reached by selecting a college at seattlecolleges.edu/enrollnow.
SVI: SVI does not have online services at this time.
Please see SVI for enrollment through the Educational Planning Course.
EMAIL: Email is the primary mode of communication with students at the three campuses.
These emails may include information about admissions, deadline dates, registration, waitlist status updates,
dropping for non-payment, residency, transfer credit evaluation and graduation.
Students should keep their email addresses current with their college.
Students may not attend any class unless they have officially
registered and paid tuition and fees. (Exception:
students who are enrolling using a space-available waiver.)
Instructors may not allow a student to attend their class
if the student’s name is not on the class roster. Students
who are officially enrolled in credit classes must be in
attendance or communicate with the instructor no later
than the first scheduled class. Students who are absent
without prior approval of the instructor or the division/
department chair may be withdrawn by the college.
NOTE: Students should not assume that they have been dropped if they have not attended class on the
first day; instead, they should officially drop or withdraw.
After initial registration, students may add classes*
through the end of the 10th day of the quarter (through the
8th day in Summer Quarter). Instructor permission may be
required. Students may add classes online during designated
time periods, or may complete an Add/Drop form in
person at the Registration Office.
NOTE: Students may petition for a late registration* based
on documentation demonstrating extenuating circumstances.
Late registration petitions will only be considered for those
students who attended classes prior to the 10th day of the
quarter (8th day for summer). A per-credit late fee will be assessed.
*Adding classes and late registration policies do not apply to SVI
To drop a course, students must complete the official withdrawal procedure, as listed in the campus quarterly schedule:
NOTE: Students cannot officially drop a class by simply
informing the instructor of the withdrawal or by ceasing
to attend class. Students must complete an Add/Drop
process through online services or at the Registration
Office, before the course withdrawal is considered official.
Students should check the quarterly schedule for online
service availability. Instructors have the option of issuing a
failing grade to students who do not go through the official
Students must maintain a current email address, telephone
number and mailing address with the college to
receive correspondence regarding registration status,
financial aid, grades and other information.
Updates may be made via web online student services at
each of the college websites or at the Registration Office.
Seattle Colleges Lowers Tuition Rates for Non-Residents and Out-of-State Students
Starting Winter Quarter (January 2016), non-resident and out-of-state students will see a significant drop in their tuition. That means big savings if you are earning a degree or planning to transfer. For example, a non-resident/out-of-state student taking 15 credits will see their tuition drop from $3,080 to $1,500 a quarter.
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No, it only applies to non-resident U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Close, but not exactly. Your tuition consists of three fees: building, operating, and S&A. The out-of-state tuition waiver targets the operating fee. Those fees are the same as in-state residents. The building fee, which is set by the state, is being assessed at the same rate. View the tution table with comparisons.
The low tuition is now a Board of Trustees policy. It will remain in effect until the board changes its policy.
They will also receive a much lower tuition rate. The same rules and prohibitions apply to them.
Enroll now or visit our colleges for more information.
Students are not officially registered until tuition and fees have been paid in full to the college or contracted for full
payment with a deferred payment plan for monthly tuition payment (see below). Payments must be received prior to
the posted tuition deadline. Payments can be made online through the college website, through the mail or in person at the cashier's office.
VISA, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for online payment of tuition and
fees (except at SVI). These credit cards, debit cards and checks in the exact amount of the tuition and fees are also
accepted for payment at the cashier’s window. Cashiers are located near the Registration Offices at each of the
Seattle Central College(206) 934-4108
North Seattle College (206) 934-3627
South Seattle College(206) 934-5388
Seattle Vocational Institute(206) 934-4947
Each of the Seattle Colleges offers a deferred payment service through a third-party sponsor. Enrollment in
this program enables students to make automated monthly tuition payments from a bank account, debit card or credit
card. Students must have a tuition/fee balance of $100 or more to be eligible for this option. Students taking Continuing
Education classes and International students are not eligible for this option. For further information:
Tuition at community and technical colleges in Washington State is charged by credits, rather than by part-time or
full-time status. In addition to credit load, tuition is also determined by residency*. International students are
required to carry a credit load of 12 or more to maintain their status. Tuition and fees are set by the Washington State Legislature and are subject to change.
*See Residency Requirements.
Lower Division Courses = Courses between 001 - 299
Upper Divison Courses = Courses above 300
For each credit between 19 and 25 —
Resident ........................................................ $ 102.75
(U.S. citizen; INS Permanent Resident)
Non-resident .................................................. $ 115.98
(U.S. Citizen; INS Permanent Resident)
International .................................................. $ 279.26
For each credit between 19 and 25 —
Resident .............................................................. $ 234.43
(U.S. citizen; INS Permanent Resident)
Non-resident ........................................................ $ 247.66
(U.S. citizen; INS Permanent Resident)
International ........................................................ $ 598.84
Tuition Rates for Distance/eLearning, BAS Degrees, International Students
Tuition Rates for Distance/eLearning:
Tuition Rates for Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees:
Tuition Rates for International Students:
Costs for Non-credit Classes and Pre-College Courses
Several programs have lower tuition rates, including Adult Basic Education, GED
Preparation, pre-college level English as a Second Language (ESL) and Running Start.
Consult with the appropriate department for costs.
Non-credit Continuing Education classes have varied rates. Please see the Registration
Office or Quarterly Class Schedule of any of our colleges for information about these
special rates and fees, or for information about enrolling, paying fees, or more detail:
Student fees vary each year and are approved by the State
Legislature or the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees.
Students pay a variety of fees each quarter. Typical fees
For current fees related to registration and attendance,
go to the quarterly class schedules.
Special Program Fees
Please refer to the quarterly schedule for each campus for
other fees, program-specific fees, and class fees, including
those related to Adult Basic Education, GED, High School
and Apprentice programs.
Non-Credit & Community Service Program Fees
Please refer to quarterly class schedule for each campus
for fees associated with non-credit and community
Please refer to the campus website or class schedule
for other fees, such as GED fee, transcript fee, testing
or placement fees, or work experience evaluation fee.
Permanent Washington state employees working 50% of
full-time equivalency (FTE) may register on a space-available
basis using the State Tuition Waiver. For detailed information on this waiver, please contact your Human Resources department or go to this website:
Waivers for Veterans
See 'Financial Assistance for Veterans' section on the
Steps to Enrolling page located under
Step 2: Plan Your Funding.
The Washington State Legislature has approved other tuition waivers. That information can be found by visiting
the financial aid office at each of our colleges.
There is preliminary information available at
Student injury and sickness insurance is available to students registered for 6 or more credits. Provided by
Summit America Insurance Services, L.C., the policy provides broad coverage at a comparatively inexpensive
rate. Student insurance must be purchased during the first two weeks of each quarter. For more information,
Tuition and fees (those that are refundable) will be
refunded if complete or partial withdrawal from classes
is accomplished within the first twenty (20) calendar days
of the regular college quarter starting date (District Procedure
605.30.1). Fees and tuition refunds are returned
automatically once students have officially dropped online
or in person with the refund schedule below:
Withdrawal resulting from classes
canceled by college . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%
During the first five (5) instructional days
of the college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%*
From the sixth (6) instructional day through the
twentieth (20) calendar day of the
college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50%*
No refunds after the first twenty (20) calendar
days of the college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%
*Subject to administrative fee of $6.00.
There is no charge for dropping classes if no refund is
involved. Allow at least two weeks from the time of payment
for refund processing.
Refunds to financial aid recipients will be refunded to the
appropriate financial aid account as required by federal
and state regulations, including those students who are
dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Students may be required
to return financial aid funds to the college if federal or state
regulations require the college to do so.
International students who attend one of the Seattle Community
Colleges on a visa and make advance payments
must have enrolled at the college in the quarter for which
they are requesting a refund and must provide documentation
establishing extenuating circumstances, such as visa
denial or medical reasons.
Withdrawal prior to 1st class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
During the first 5 calendar days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80%
From the 6th through the 14th calendar days . . . . . . . . . 50%
No refund after the 14th calendar day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%
Before 48 hours prior to first day class . . . . . . . . . . . .100%*
No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours
of start of class or after class begins . . 0%
*Subject to administrative fee
Seattle Central College: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .varies
Due to the wide array of programs offered by Seattle Central’s Continuing and Professional Education, refund
policies are tailored to specific programs and courses. For specific refund information, call (206) 934-5476.
Disciplinary Reasons: No refund will be given to a student who is dismissed from the District
for disciplinary reasons. (Policy 605.30.4)
Failure to follow procedures:
No refund will be given to a student who fails to follow official withdrawal procedures. (Policy 605.30.4)
Summer quarter, short or irregular courses:
Shorter courses, programs and summer quarter will also be refunded, but on appropriately shortened time frames.
Parking fees will be refunded only in the case of 100% withdrawal from the college, in which case the
fees will be refunded on the same schedule as tuition. (Policy 605.30.7)
Tuition is subject to change by the Washington State
Legislature and approval by the State Board for Community
and Technical Colleges. The Seattle College
District reserves the right to change any of its fees or
charges without notice.
Costs and expenses that result from collecting unpaid
tuition and fees will be added to the total owed to the
colleges, according to state laws RCW 28B.10.293 and
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.