Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.66 / 4.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
62

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
97

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
11

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
30

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Seattle Promise launched in 2018 to create more equitable higher education opportunities for Seattle public school graduates.

The program is a promise to:

- guide students onto a direct path from high school to college to graduation with a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four-year college or university;
- boost career opportunities for all students, especially first-generation and under-served populations; and,
- prepare students to participate in our region's vibrant workforce and economy without taking on overwhelming debt.

The program provides the first two years (or up to 90 credits) of tuition, additional financial support for books, transportation, housing, etc. to those with financial need, and personal guidance to succeed in college. All Seattle public high school graduates are eligible regardless of grade point average (GPA), income or country of birth. The program provides financial support as well as ongoing college and career guidance for students to attend one of three Seattle Colleges (North, Central, and South).

Seattle Promise scholars receive the following services:

- Support applying to Seattle Promise and Seattle Colleges (North, Central or South)
- 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

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.

South Seattle College 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/

South Seattle College offers a tuition payment plan with no interest

South Seattle College has an opportunity grant which supports 11 professional and technical programs.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

South Seattle has a Veterans Affairs Office on site. The office provides assistance regarding veteran-entitled benefits, such as, preparing VA application forms and documentation required by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The office also provides assistance in documenting military training for college credit.

The Student Veteran Center coordinates with the campus Veterans Affairs department and serves as a resource referral to campus departments and community organizations for veterans.

South Seattle also has a President's Advisory Committee on Veterans, which reports directly to the President and informs and advises her/him on all student veterans matters. This advisory committee commits to promote, support, and serve the diverse needs of its veterans to include students, staff, and faculty.

South's Multi-Occupation in Engineering & Technology (MOET) program is designed for people to capitalize on their military or professional work experience and training by providing college credit for that experience and training. https://southseattle.edu/programs/multi-occupation-engineering-technology-moet


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Graduation/success rate includes students who transferred to a 4-year college/university

Veterans Affairs Office, http://www.southseattle.edu/veterans/default.aspx

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