Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 41.59
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Seattle Central College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.82 / 4.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

13th Year Promise Scholarship increases access to higher education for our community's students, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students). The scholarship is open to all graduates from participating high schools, regardless of GPA, income or other factors. All participating students are guaranteed to have one year of in-state tuition covered through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds. Once enrolled as full-time students, participants can pursue the program that best fits their interests, including academic transfer degrees to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, and professional/technical career training for a fast-track into the workforce.

The primary purpose of the TRiO programs is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully enter, persist, and complete a postsecondary education. In general, these programs identify low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities and provides them the assistance, support, and encouragement necessary to enter and complete a college education.


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

TRiO Student Support Services, formerly Student Academic Assistance (SAA), assists with the personal, academic and professional growth of first–generation college students, low–income college students and college students with disabilities. The program helps underserved students complete an associate degree and/or successfully transfer to a 4–year college program.

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:

13th Year Promise Scholarship increases access to higher education for our community's students, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students). The scholarship is open to all graduates from participating high schools, regardless of GPA, income or other factors. All participating students are guaranteed to have one year of in-state tuition covered through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds. Once enrolled as full-time students, participants can pursue the program that best fits their interests, including academic transfer degrees to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, and professional/technical career training for a fast-track into the workforce.


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

The primary purpose of the TRiO programs is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully enter, persist, and complete a post-secondary education. In general, these programs identify low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities and provides them the assistance, support, and encouragement necessary to enter and complete a college education.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The Seattle Central Foundation offers the Emergency Fund and Completion scholarships to non-traditional students, as well as some more general scholarships.


A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The Childcare Assistance Program offers funding, information, and referral resources to students desiring childcare assistance while attending school. Workforce Ed (BFET) can qualify for childcare assistance through BFET program


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Student Support Programs include; 1) the Childcare Assistance Program offers funding, information, and referral resources to students desiring childcare assistance while attending school, 2) the Emergency Fund Program provides a funding avenue for students requiring emergency assistance in special circumstances, 3) Women's Programs provides information about a variety of community financial and other resource assistance to all students (male and female).


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
22

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
31

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
57

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
72

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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