Through a partnership with HigherOne, a financial services company serving colleges and universities across the country,
Seattle Colleges Cards are issued to all Seattle College students who receive financial aid.
With the Seattle Colleges Card you have three options to receive your financial aid refund:
Your Seattle Colleges Card will be mailed by HigherOne to your home address in a bright green envelope. To avoid any delays,
visit www.seattlecollegescard.com as soon as you receive your Seattle Colleges
Card to activate it and select your refund preference.
For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at:
You have three options to select how you wish to receive your financial aid refund disbursement. Your selection is called
your "refund preference" – keep in mind that you must choose one.
Carefully read through all of the information for each option and make the selection that is best for you. You can update your
refund preference at any time by visiting www.seattlecollegescard.com
The OneAccount is a checking account that you open with HigherOne and is linked to your Seattle Colleges Card. With the OneAccount you
can use your Seattle Colleges Card for purchases anywhere that Debit MasterCard is accepted.
If you choose this option, your refund disbursement is available the following business day after the Seattle Colleges sends the funds
to HigherOne. This is the first day of each quarter for students that have an active award, are in good academic standing and finalized
their class schedule one week prior to the quarter start date.
There may be fees associate with the OneAccount, including PIN based transaction fees. Use the "swipe and sign" method when making
purchases: swipe your card, select the "credit" option and sign your receipt. Review the HigherOne Fee Schedules to learn more about potential
fees associated with the OneAccount and its services.
You are not required to select the OneAccount to receive your financial aid refund. You only have to open the OneAccount if you wish to have
your refund on your Seattle Colleges Card.
2. Transfer to Your Existing Checking Account
You may request to electronically deposit your financial aid refund disbursement to your existing bank account. Visit
www.seattlecollegescard.com when you receive the card and select Automated Clearinghouse (ACH)
Transfer during the card activation process. There is no charge for receiving your refund this way. You will have to complete, print and send
(by mail or fax) an ACH Transfer form to HigherOne.
If you choose this option, your refund will be deposited in your bank account within 2-3 business days after the Seattle Colleges sends the
funds to HigherOne.
3. Paper Check
You may request to have your financial aid refund disbursement issued in a paper check. Visit www.seattlecollegescard.com when you receive the
card and select paper check during the activation process.
Checks are mailed by HigherOne to your address on file at the campus you receive your financial aid from (Central, North, South, or SVI) 5-7
business days after the Seattle Colleges sends the funds to HigherOne.
Seattle Central Community College
Broadway Edison-Main Building - 1st floor across from The Buzz
North Seattle Community College
College Center Building - 1st floor near Espresso Cafe
South Seattle Community College
Jerry Brockey Student Center (JBM) Across from Game Room
Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI)
First Floor Lobby
The Seattle Colleges Card is issued to all students who receive financial aid after completing their financial aid files. The debit card is sent by mail to the address on file at the college making the award (Central, North, South, or SVI).
Top Five Ranked Questions
You can track your card status online at www.seattlecollegescard.com using the "Where's My Card" feature. You may also visit the Financial Aid Office for assistance in tracking your card.
You have two options when making purchases with the Seattle Colleges Card: selecting "credit" or "debit." Both options draw money from your OneAccount.
When you select the credit option you will be asked to sign your receipt instead of entering your PIN. By selecting the credit option you will not be charged the $.50 PIN transaction fee.
Purchases made using the debit option are subject to the $.50 PIN transaction fee.
HigherOne notifies you by email and/or text message alert when your refund has been processed by HigherOne into your OneAccount. You can also check your account balance online at www.seattlecollegescard.com
If you lost your Seattle Colleges Card, you can request a replacement card at www.seattlecollegescard.com under the Customer Service drop down menu. You will be charged a $20 replacement fee.
If you choose the OneAccount, you can use the card anywhere that Debit MasterCard is accepted. There are fees for PIN-based transactions (see Fee Schedule). To avoid fees, select the "credit" option. In most cases, you will be asked to sign a receipt when you make purchases with the card.
The OneAccount is a free checking account service from HigherOne. Review the OneAccount information online at www.seattlecollegescard.com for more details.
You are not required to open the OneAccount. You can choose to have your financial aid refund deposited into your current checking account or have a paper check mailed to your home address.
You are not charged to receive your refund, regardless of your refund preference. If you select the OneAccount you will not be charged for standard banking services such as zero minimum balance, online bill pay, check writing, etc.
However, there are fees for other services such as wire transfers, PIN based transaction fees, etc. Read the HigherOne Fee Schedule carefully to learn about potential fees and how to avoid being charged.
The debit card must be activated in order to select your refund preference. HigherOne will not be able to disburse your financial aid refund if you do not activate the card.
Visit www.seattlecollegescard.com to activate your card and select your refund preference. You have three options to choose from: the OneAccount, transfer to an existing bank account or have a check mailed. Each preference is easy to choose and confirmed to make sure there is no mistake.
Yes, you can update your refund preference at any time online at www.seattlecollegescard.com. Select "Financial Refunds" then "Refund Preferences" from the main menu to update your refund selection.
There are no fees when you use the HigherOne ATM with your Seattle Colleges Card. There are four convenient ATM locations:
There are fees for using another bank's ATM (see HigherOne Fee Schedule).
You may contact HigherOne by phone at 877-405-0827 Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
You may login to your Seattle Colleges Card account online at www.seattlecollegescard.com.
For questions regarding your current financial aid status, your award notification or refund disbursement, contact your Financial Aid Office.
SCCC Financial Aid
Telephone: (206) 934-3844
Fax: (206) 934-6319
Regular Business Hours: M-W-Th-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NSCC Financial Aid
Telephone: (206) 934-3688
Fax: (206) 934-3608
Regular Business Hours: M-T-TH-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Wednesday.
SSCC Financial Aid
Telephone: (206) 934-5317
Fax: (206) 934-7947
Regular Business Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
SVI Financial Aid
Telephone: (206) 934-4977
Regular Business Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Community 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 Community 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 Community 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 Community 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.