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The Central Commitment

Seattle Central makes a bold commitment to provide full tuition to every student who demonstrates financial need, enrolls full time, and maintains a 3.0 GPA. The Commitment Scholarship makes funding accessible, transparent, predictable and reliable, while incentivizing academic success.

In 2016, we expanded our financial-need criteria to support more low to moderate income students, as well as provide completion scholarships to students who are close to graduation. As a result, we increased the number of students we support by over 250%. We will need greater financial support to keep an even bolder promise to students at this level of financial need.

Since its inception in 2013, Seattle Central has awarded over $1.5 million to nearly 1000 students.

Keeping our Commitment

This scholarship program is made possible thanks to vision and generosity of the former Seattle Central Foundation, its board and staff, and the pioneer donors.

Thanks to donors at the college’s annual Believe Gala, as well as the Estate of Eva Gordon, the college established the Central Commitment endowment in 2018 to keep education within reach for Central students for generations to come.

The criteria for this program continue to evolve to provide greater access to students farthest away from educational justice. In 2016, we expanded financial-need criteria, which increased our quarterly cohort of Commitment Scholars by over 250%. The college needs the support of our community to make the promise of free tuition a reality for all students who need financial assistance to pursue and complete their degree.

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Information for Students

Central Commitment scholarships are awarded once per quarter during the first week of classes. Eligible students can expect this scholarship to assist with full coverage of tuition and fees. This scholarship is reserved for current students who meet the following criteria:

To qualify for the Seattle Promise you must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate Financial Need through submission of a WAFSA or FAFSA application (300% of poverty line)
  • Be a current Seattle Central student with 10+ credits already completed or a student transitioning from pre-college level classes.

Other notes on eligibility:

To be considered for this scholarship you must fill out your FAFSA or WAFSA form by the quarter’s priority deadline.

  • This scholarship is only available to first-time degree seekers
  • You will only receive funding if you have a gap between tuition/fees and your financial aid package.
  • It is strongly recommended that you work with an advisor to complete an academic plan after your first quarter receiving the scholarship.