Student Academic Assistance (SAA)* promotes retention, graduation and transfer of underserved students through the delivery of targeted services to empower personal, academic, and professional growth.

Counseling Services

Plan your career goals, choose your major, create a long range academic plan, solve personal problems, reduce your stress, learn effective study skills, assess your interests, assess your personality type, create an individualized college transfer plan, all with the help of our accredited counselors.


Free one–to–one in many subjects including English, math, computers, business, and science. Sign–up appointments available. SAA students are eligible for two hours of tutoring per week for each subject they are taking.

Campus Visits

Each quarter, we take interested students to four–year colleges and universities throughout Washington State to get an inside look at campus life. Campus tours, sessions with transfer counselors, and transportation are all included! Here are some of the campuses we visit:

  • Evergreen State College
  • Evergreen Tacoma Campus
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington
  • UW Bothell Campus
  • UW Tacoma Campus
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington

Other SAA Services

  • A private library with books available for check-out on topics that include career and jobs, college, personal growth, and study skills.
  • Supplemental instruction for Math 084 and ESL for levels 093–099 (Tuesday–Thursday 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Quarterly cultural events.

*SAA is a Student Support Services TRiO project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Participant Eligibility Criteria

Student Academic Assistance is funded to serve 350 students each academic year. Enrollment into the project is determined by space availability and the following criteria:

I. Student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the college (accepted for enrollment means that the student has a Student Identification Number and has completed the START orientation)
  • Be a legal resident of the U.S
  • Have an academic need as determined by a project counselor
  • Not have completed an Associate degree or higher prior to enrollment in the project
  • Intend to transfer to a 4–year institution

II. Student must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Low income (as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • First generation (the parent / parents or guardian with whom you were raised did not earn a bachelor's degree)
  • Low income and first generation (2/3 of all of our students must be both first generation and low–income)
  • Students with a documented physical or learning disability (1/3 of our students with disability must also be low–income)
  • Students who are alumni of foster care
  • Veterans

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