Paying for College

To help you achieve your career goals, the Career Services Center can assist with researching and applying for scholarships and other educational funding. Whether you need support to pay for your Seattle Central education or your exploring options at four–year universities. Visit the Career Services Center for more information on national, regional and local scholarships that may be of interest to you.

Financial Support at Seattle Central

The Seattle Central Foundation coordinates the scholarships specifically for Seattle Central students and awards $500,000 in scholarships to students each year. The Seattle Central Foundation hosts workshops and information sessions to help students prepare their applications.

Seattle Central students have access to a variety of other services on campus that can help them research and apply for scholarships. Learn more about resources and events offered by:

Federal Financial Aid can help you pay for school by awarding you grants, Work Study funding, loans and more. You should a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out your funding options. Learn more about Financial Aid at Seattle Central College.


What factors do scholarship base their funding on?

You can find scholarships based on many factors including, but not limited to, area of study, year in school, interests, ethnicity, volunteer experience and grade point average.

When is the best time to apply for scholarships?

There are scholarship deadlines every month, so keep a folder of scholarship information and commit at least 2–5 days a month to searching for scholarships and filling out applications. Start searching for scholarships about a year before school begins as most scholarships award money for the beginning of Fall or summer quarter regardless if the application is due in October or June.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

You should apply for as many as you qualify for. There is no limit on how many scholarships you can apply for or receive.

How can I get the applications for scholarships?

Many scholarship applications are available online at the scholarship information website. Although, some scholarships may require you to write a letter requesting an application. Always enclose a self–addressed, stamped envelope so the scholarship provider can mail you back the application.

What do scholarship applications usually require?

Most scholarships require an application form, a short essay about your goals or a specific topic, letters of recommendation from instructors or employers, and academic transcripts. Some scholarships require information such as financial statements (in order to assess financial need), a list of activities such as volunteer experience or work experience.

What scholarships are available in the Career Services Center?

The Career Services Center has information on national, regional and local scholarships that are not specific to Seattle Central College. Students can find scholarships based on many factors including, but not limited to, course of study, year in school, interests, ethnicity, volunteer experience, and grade point average. You can also learn about scholarships offered by the Seattle Central Foundation that are specifically for Seattle Central students.

Where can I find information about what scholarships are available?

There are a number of online databases that can help you easily access information and application instructions for scholarships.