Are you a College Bound Scholarship senior planning to attend one of the Seattle Community Colleges next fall? If so, here is a list of
steps you should complete by the end of June. If you wait until the end of summer, you may not get the classes you want or the
financial aid you need. Also, placement test results will be more accurate if you take them during or just after high school.
So plan ahead. Plan ahead so you can enjoy your summer knowing you are all set to begin college in the fall.
Steps to Go to College:
Use the online Web Admissions Center at
https://www.public.ctc.edu/ApplicantWebClient/Applicant or apply in person by going to the Admissions office at the Seattle
Community College you wish to attend.
It is very important to complete the FAFSA in January or you risk not receiving a full financial aid award. You cannot complete
the FAFSA before January 1 for fall admission. Go to www.fafsa.gov. You will need your
parent/guardian’s most recent tax return to complete the FAFSA. Indicate that you want your FAFSA sent to a Seattle Community College.
Use these school codes:
You should have received a Student Aid Report (SAR) when you completed the FAFSA. Make any needed changes or corrections on the FAFSA
website and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload the previous year’s tax information into your FAFSA, if you are eligible to do so.
All students must submit additional information to the college; contact the financial aid office if you are unsure of what additional
information is needed.
If your financial aid process is not complete by the fall quarter completion deadline, you may either have to pay for fall quarter
tuition out of pocket and receive reimbursement when your aid eligibility is determined and finalized. If the deadline below has passed,
continue completing your file and periodically check the financial aid portal and the financial aid office on your status. Financial aid
is awarded year-round, so if you miss the fall deadline, make sure to meet the next quarterly deadline.
Students must take the COMPASS placement test. All College Bound Scholarship students are STRONGLY advised to take the COMPASS prep
workshop prior to taking the COMPASS test to ensure a more accurate placement.
Go to beforeyoutest.org for information about the workshop and the COMPASS test.
Students who have taken the ACT test may not need to take the COMPASS at South Seattle. Contact the college testing center for more
information. Seattle Vocational Institute students do not take the COMPASS, assessment testing is conducted during the educational
planning course (see step five).
All new students are required to participate in orientation. In-person orientation is encouraged,
but an online option is also available.
Go to the college website to find out how to meet with an advisor to plan your first quarter schedule. Students should bring their
COMPASS test results and high school/AP transcript with them when meeting with an advisor. Some colleges give you a chance to meet
with an advisor as part of their orientation process (step five).
Your advisor will help you develop an academic plan and register for fall classes.
You will receive a financial aid award letter from the college once you have completed steps one, two, and three. Contact the financial
aid office if you have any questions. You may not see “College Bound Scholarship” on your award letter until September.
Note: If you have met all College Bound Scholarship criteria, the award will cover the tuition and fees (based on
public college rates) that are not covered by other state financial aid awards, plus a small book allowance.
See a college counselor to address any issues or barriers that may affect your college success. The counselor can also refer
you to college and community resources to help support yourself while you are attending college.
Resource Links and Phone Numbers
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NORTH Seattle Community College
Seattle CENTRAL Community College
SOUTH Seattle Community College
Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI)
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.