Are you a College Bound Scholarship senior planning to attend one of the Seattle Colleges next fall? If so, here is a list of
steps you should complete by the end of June. If you wait until the end of summer, you may not get the classes you want or the
financial aid you need. Also, placement test results will be more accurate if you take them during or just after high school.
So plan ahead. Plan ahead so you can enjoy your summer knowing you are all set to begin college in the fall.
Steps to Go to College:
Use the online Web Admissions Center at
https://www.public.ctc.edu/ApplicantWebClient/Applicant or apply in person by going to the Admissions office at the Seattle
College you wish to attend.
It is very important to complete the FAFSA in January or you risk not receiving a full financial aid award. You cannot complete
the FAFSA before January 1 for fall admission. Go to www.fafsa.gov. You will need your
parent/guardian’s most recent tax return to complete the FAFSA. Indicate that you want your FAFSA sent to a Seattle College.
Use these school codes:
You should have received a Student Aid Report (SAR) when you completed the FAFSA. Make any needed changes or corrections on the FAFSA
website and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload the previous year’s tax information into your FAFSA, if you are eligible to do so.
All students must submit additional information to the college; contact the financial aid office if you are unsure of what additional
information is needed.
If your financial aid process is not complete by the fall quarter completion deadline, you may have to pay for fall quarter
tuition out of pocket and receive reimbursement when your aid eligibility is determined and finalized. If the deadline below has passed,
continue completing your file and periodically check the financial aid portal and the financial aid office on your status. Financial aid
is awarded year-round, so if you miss the fall deadline, make sure to meet the next quarterly deadline.
Students must take the COMPASS placement test. All College Bound Scholarship students are STRONGLY advised to take the COMPASS prep
workshop prior to taking the COMPASS test to ensure a more accurate placement.
Go to beforeyoutest.org for information about the workshop and the COMPASS test.
Students who have taken the ACT test may not need to take the COMPASS at South Seattle. Contact the college testing center for more
information. Seattle Vocational Institute students do not take the COMPASS; assessment testing is conducted during the educational
planning course (see step five).
All new students are required to participate in orientation. In-person orientation is encouraged,
but an online option is also available.
Go to the college website to find out how to meet with an advisor to plan your first quarter schedule. Students should bring their
COMPASS test results and high school/AP transcript with them when meeting with an advisor. Some colleges give you a chance to meet
with an advisor as part of their orientation process (step five).
Your advisor will help you develop an academic plan and register for fall classes.
You will receive a financial aid award letter from the college once you have completed steps one, two, and three. Contact the financial
aid office if you have any questions. You may not see “College Bound Scholarship” on your award letter until September.
Note: If you have met all College Bound Scholarship criteria, the award will cover the tuition and fees (based on
public college rates) that are not covered by other state financial aid awards, plus a small book allowance.
See a college counselor to address any issues or barriers that may affect your college success. The counselor can also refer
you to college and community resources to help support yourself while you are attending college.
Resource Links and Phone Numbers
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