Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.10
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Seattle Central College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ian Siadak
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the Vice Chancellor
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:


Seattle Central serves roughly 350 students through its participation in TRiO.

TRiO Services:
Academic advising
Personal counseling / mentoring (with clinically trained counselors)
Career exploration / career support
Transfer student planning
Financial aid guidance
One–on–one tutoring
College visits / tours
Scholarship resources
Library (with career, academic and personal growth resources)

Who Is Eligible For TRiO?
Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees pursing their first associate degree. Students must have a demonstrated need for academic assistance as determined by the counselor in line with DOE guidelines. Students interested must also meet one of the following requirements:

Low income students (student's family must meet federal income eligibility guidelines)
First generation students (student's parent(s) has not received a baccalaureate degree)
Documented students with disabilities (as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act)

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

State need grants for low-income students have kept pace with tuition increases at the college.

The Seattle Central Foundation awards over $500,000 in scholarships each year, all are need based. http://www.seattlecentral.edu/wp/foundation/scholarships/

Roughly 3% of all tuition revenue gets put into student aid for low-income students.

Student government uses a portion of S&A fees to give childcare scholarships to low-income students, even those who are not enrolled in college level courses.

Seattle Central has an emergency fund which helps students cover one-time costs that would otherwise prevent them from being able to stay in school. These costs can include anything from tuition to car-repairs to rent.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

TRiO participation, see above.

Seattle Central participates in the College-Bound program which offers support services and financial aid guarantees to students in WA public schools who are on free and reduced lunch programs.

Seattle Central participates in College Success which offers scholarships and support services for foster youth.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Seattle Central offers the Seattle Promise; a guaranteed scholarship for students who demonstrate needs, maintain full-time enrollment, and maintain a 3.0 GPA


The Seattle Central Foundation also offers $500,000 per year in need based scholarships


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

Seattle Central participates in a yearly free city-run College-Bound event which showcases financing and support services available through the college. The event is designed for prospective students and the parents of prospective students.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

See information on College-Bound and College-Success programs above. Targeted outreach to low-income students on free and reduced lunch and also to foster youth.

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Open enrollment college; no restrictive admission policies.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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