Funding Your Education
Applying for In–State Tuition
To qualify for resident tuition, students must meet the following:
- Resided in Washington State for three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; or
- Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) and resided in Washington State for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma; and
- Continuously resided in Washington State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent
If you meet the above qualifications, submit the following documents to the Admissions Office in BE1104 when enrolling to the college:
- Completed Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit/Declaration/Certification
- Official high school transcript or GED certificate
- Copy of your Washington driver's license or identification card
- Copy of your immigration documents or visa (only if you have this documentation)
- Copy of your I-485 Form/Green Card (only if you have this documentation)
Applying for Washington State Financial Aid (WASFA)
The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is for students who are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA) because of immigration status. Students still need to meet other program requirements.
Once the WASFA is submitted, Seattle Central College can use the financial information provided in the application to determine eligibility to receive the State Need Grant, State Work Study and other funding that may be available.
To qualify for state funded financial aid, students must meet the following:
- Meet Washington state residency requirements
- Graduated from a Washington high school or earned a GED
- Lived in Washington for three (3) years prior to (and continuously since) earning their high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
- Completed the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit/Declaration/Certification
*Please note: Any information provided by students to the institution is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will not be shared with a third party.
To find out if you qualify, complete the free WASFA application to apply for state financial aid.
Other Funding Support
Undocumented students may be eligible for other funding resources through Washington State, Seattle Central College and other programs.
- Seattle Central Foundation Scholarships
- Worker Retraining Program
- Opportunity Grant
- College Bound Program
- State Need Grant
- State Work Study
- Other Scholarships
The following organizations provide information about scholarship opportunities that do not require proof of immigration status. Visit the individual scholarship website for more information on specific requirements.
- Beyond Dreaming – Washington State Scholarship List for Undocumented Students
- MALDEF – Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America
- Latino Educational Achievement Project (LEAP) – Scholarships
- Scholarships A-Z – Scholarship List
- Washboard – Additional scholarships for which you may be eligible
- U.S. Department of Labor – Scholarship Finder
- Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) Guide
- Financial Aid Facts
- College Guide for Undocumented Students: Learn facts about the path to citizenship, how to overcome obstacles and know your rights as an undocumented student, searching for and selecting colleges, applying for college, financial aid and more.
Multicultural Services provides quarterly scholarship workshops with scholarship resources, application strategies, and a scholarship list with upcoming deadlines that do not require proof of immigration status. For more information, visit BE1103 or call 206.934.4005.