What is the Seattle Promise Program?

The Seattle Promise program is designed to provide the financial support and personal guidance students need to succeed in college. The program is open to all Seattle public high school graduates regardless of grade point average (GPA) or income.

Seattle Promise scholars are eligible for the following services:

  • Support applying to Seattle Promise and Seattle Colleges
  • Support applying for and completing financial aid requirements
  • Full coverage of any tuition expenses remaining after other scholarships and financial aid
  • Assistance with choosing and registering for classes
  • Preparation for the transition to college
  • Guidance and mentorship through the first two years of college

Who qualifies for the Seattle Promise Scholarship?

Any Seattle public high school student in the graduating class of 2020 is eligible for Seattle Promise. Students will begin their studies at Seattle Colleges (their choice of North, Central or South) in fall 2020.

*Students who are eligible for Seattle Promise and who are admitted to the Academy of Rising Educators program at Seattle Central College starting fall 2019 will be permitted to attend Seattle Central College as Seattle Promise scholars.

What are the program requirements?

Eligible applicants will complete and submit the following applications to their choice college by their corresponding deadlines:

Application — Complete & Submit Deadline
Federal student aid (FAFSA) or Washington student aid (WASFA) application January 15, 2020 Priority Deadline                                          April 15, 2020 Final Deadline
Seattle Promise scholarship program application February 15, 2020
Admissions application to your choice Seattle College (North, Central or South) February 15, 2020
Financial aid file June 1, 2020

After completing all application requirements, Seattle Promise scholars will attend the following events to prepare for college success.

Events and Milestones Date
Readiness Academy Spring 2020
Summer Bridge Program Late Summer 2020
Enroll full time (min. 12 credits) Fall Quarter 2020

*To remain eligible Seattle Promise scholars are required to attend classes, be in good academic standing and meet with their advisor each quarter.

Alternative Funding Options for Graduating Seniors

There are many other financial aid and funding sources available to assist students if they do not qualify for Seattle Promise. Contact the financial aid office at one of our colleges for more information about your options.