Financial Aid & Funding

Seattle Colleges, along with several others that recently converted to ctcLink, are experiencing technical difficulties related to student financial aid disbursements for Spring Quarter. After tuition has been paid in ctcLink, students should expect an additional one-to-two business days before refunds are available via BankMobile. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to process refunds as quickly as we can. We appreciate your patience and anticipate processing tuition payments and refunds the first week of Spring Quarter, which begins April 5.

Financial Aid

Seattle Central College students qualify for federal grants and loans. If you have not already done so, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to learn more about Financial Aid that may be available to you.

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Learn more about how to apply for financial aid:

Tuition waivers for out–of–state and non–resident

Seattle Central College offers an operations tuition waiver that significantly reduces the cost of enrolling at Seattle Central for most non–resident students.

Tuition waivers and benefits for Veterans and dependents

Are you a veteran who needs assistance paying for college? You may be eligible for a variety of benefits to help support you during your time at Seattle Central.

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Workforce Services

Workforce Services programs provide funding for tuition, fees, books and transportation as well as emergency financial assistance and other resources to qualifying students enrolled in a career–focused program. Services include:

  • Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET): Available to students receiving federally issued Basic Food Benefits (food stamps) through DSHS who are enrolled in a Professional/Technical program.
  • WorkFirst program: Available to students receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and are enrolled in an ESL, Adult Basic Education, GED®or Professional/Technical program.
  • Worker Retraining Program: Available to qualifying students who are enrolled in a Professional/Technical Program and receive or have exhausted unemployment benefits, are "displaced homemakers," are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, or were formerly self–employed.
  • Opportunity Grant: Available to low income adults pursuing an approved program. Students may receive funds to cover tuition and mandatory fees up to 45 credits, and up to $1,000 for books and supplies per academic year.

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Payment Plan

Don't have money to pay your tuition all at once? Seattle Central College is pleased to offer this payment plan from Nelnet Business Solutions to provide students with a low–cost option for budgeting tuition and fees.

Support for Former Foster Youth

The College Success Program provides individual support services, financial resource planning, scholarship assistance and emergency funding.

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Support for Dreamer (Undocumented) Students

  • Qualify for In–State Tuition Rate: HB 1079 is a law that allows Dreamers who have resided in Washington State for the 3 years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma (or its equivalent) at a Washington school, to pay in–state tuition at state colleges and universities. After applying for admission, Dreamers should complete the Washington Higher Education Residency affidavit (pdf) and submit to the Admissions Office in BE1104B1.
  • Financial Assistance: The Washington Dream Act (SB 6523), enables students who are eligible for in–state tuition as part of HB 1079 to be considered for educational funding from the Washington State Need Grant. Visit the Ready Set Grad website to get started.
  • Scholarships: Additional matching scholarships may also be available. Visit the WashBoard website to learn more.

College Bound Scholarship Program

The program promises tuition (at public institution rates) and a small book allowance for income–eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate. For more information please Contact College Bound staff at or phone 1.888.535.0747.


The Seattle Colleges Foundation awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships each year. The majority of our scholarships are awarded in the Spring for the following year, some are available on a quarterly basis.

Additional information and resources about external scholarships is available on the scholarships page.

AmeriCorps Education Award

Students who have completed their service in AmeriCorps programs can use their education award to help pay for tuition at Seattle Central. After applying for admission to Seattle Central and registering for classes, use the My AmeriCorps portal to authorize payment to Seattle Central College. Learn more on the AmeriCorps Educational Award website.

Federal Direct Loans

Students may qualify for Federal loans from the U.S. Department of Education, which have relatively low interest rates, to help finance their education.

Tuition Reimbursement

More and more employers are offering tuition reimbursement as a benefit to both full–time and part–time employees. Does your employer offer education incentives that you don't know about? Ask your Human Resources Department.