Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seattle Promise?

Seattle Promise is a college tuition and student success program designed to provide the financial support and personal guidance needed to thrive in college. The program is open to all Seattle public high school graduates regardless of grade point average (GPA), income or country of birth.

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 (for up to two years or 90 credits) 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 is eligible for Seattle Promise?

Students at all Seattle public high schools’ in the graduating class of 2020 are eligible for Seattle Promise. They will begin their studies at the college of their choice (North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College) in fall 2020.

How do I get started?

Seattle public high school seniors are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible in the fall of their senior year.  Learn more about the application process or get start and apply now. Questions? Contact one of our Seattle Promise specialists; visit during their office hours at your high school or contact them directly.

Will students be able to go to any of the three Seattle Colleges?

Seattle Promise students in the class of 2020 can choose to attend North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College

Are there plans for Seattle Promise to expand to 4-year institutions?

Seattle Promise is currently focused on guaranteeing students 90 college credits at Seattle Colleges. The city of Seattle continues to work with partners to explore how to reduce barriers for students and increase educational opportunities, but no plans are in place at this time to expand the Seattle Promise to four-year institutions.

Can I transfer to the University of Washington after participating in Seattle Promise?

Seattle Promise students are eligible to apply to transfer to the 4-year institution of their choice, however the Seattle Promise scholarship can only be used at one of the three participating Seattle Colleges (North, Central, South).

I earned college credits in high school through Running Start or another program. 

Am I eligible for Seattle Promise?

Seattle Promise will fund up to 90 credits toward a student’s first associate degree. Students who participated in Running Start and/or who earned college credits while in high school are eligible for the program if they have earned fewer than 90 credits and have not yet completed their first associate degree.

How do I get started?

Contact the student success specialist who is partnered with your high school. Apply by February 15 of each year.

What if I don't qualify? What are my alternatives?

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.

What happens if I don’t earn 90 credits in two years?

Seattle Promise funding will stop once a student earns 90 credits or is enrolled for two years. Students who don’t earn 90 credits in the two years they’re in the program should work with the Financial Aid office toward the end of their program to explore additional funding options (if needed).

Will Seattle Promise fund developmental education courses if I need them?

Yes! Seattle Promise will fund required developmental education courses. These credits do apply toward the 90 credit limit, and students should work with the Financial Aid office toward the end of their program to explore additional funding options (if needed).

Who oversees Seattle Promise?

Seattle Promise is jointly managed by the city of Seattle, Seattle Colleges, and Seattle Public Schools. These organization are supported by Seattle’s Levy Oversight Committee, established by the city council to review and make recommendations regarding levy-funded programs including Seattle Promise. 

Seattle Colleges and the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning annually review the program's performance indicators to measure the quality and quantity of services to Seattle Promise students.

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