Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2014
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STARS v1.2

South Seattle College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired 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?:
Yes

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

South Seattle Community College has been part of TRIO programs for over 20 years. All 3 main TRIO projects are active at South. SSS, Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search. Over 4 TRIO grants are currently active at South Seattle, including pre-college programs.

http://www.southseattle.edu/trio/


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

South Seattle Community College has recently re-entered participation in federal financial aid and loans.

SSCC has largest community college foundation in the state; a mix of need, merit, and affinity scholarships are offered through the Foundation to help low-income and under-represented students. http://www.southseattle.edu/foundation/

SSCC has a "13th year program" which guarantees a first year of tuition for students from select high schools in Seattle which have a high percentage of low-income students. http://www.southseattle.edu/13th-year/

SSCC offers a tuition payment plan with no interest

SSCC has an opportunity grant which supports 11 professional and technical programs

No application or processing fees.


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

Long TRIO history gives emphasis in low-income and first generation programs infused in college.

Mandatory training for staff each year on the college's specific populations.

Financial literacy program in development. Resources for students and staff on how to become adept at managing school related expenses.


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

Pre-college TRIO programs and 13th year scholar program both give assistance to low-income students preparing to enter college.

Outreach department partners with local high schools to provide materials to help students transition into college.

SSCC participates in the Roadmap Project; a regional college access program that aims to boost college attainment in south Seattle.

Orientation is focused on student success at the colleges. Intro to South brings high-school juniors onto campus for a day to talk about how to prepare for college education.

Basic and Transitional studies helps students move into college level programs from ESL, they also help them as they transfer.


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

13th Year Scholar Program http://www.southseattle.edu/13th-year/

Program specific scholarships are offered through multiple programs at SSCC and are need based.

General need based scholarships bare offered through the Foundation.

Childcare grants for need base students who have children in childcare at SSCC.

SSCC has an Emergency Fund which helps pay one-time costs for tuition and books that would otherwise prevent students fro attending SSCC.


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

Re-collg TRIO programs have parent workshop and parent night.

13th year scholar program has parent outreach as part of it.

Running start does parent orientation for high-school students taking college level courses during high school.

Outreach department attends high school parent nights to provide information on application and financing for SSCC.


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

See above answers for outreach department, 13th year scholar program, and TRIO programs.


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

SSCC has open enrollment process, no enrollment fee, open access institution.


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

SSCC has state and federal aid, and institutional aid available, just re-entered federal loan programs


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