Students are eligible for financial aid (Federal and State Grants as well as Work Study) consideration if they are:
- A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Able to submit an official transcript verifying completion of High School or a GED®.
- Attending SVI for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate (minimum length of two quarters).
- Making satisfactory academic progress as defined by SVI’s financial aid.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria.
- Not in default on any previous student loans and do not owe a repayment on a grant.
- Registered with Selective Service (if male), as required by law.
Other Financial Resources
If you are a Washington State resident (12 month minimum) and your family income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level then you may qualify for the Opportunity Grant. This grant helps cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies for one academic year. It also offers support services for emergency child care and emergency transportation.
Start researching scholarships now for next year. Seattle Vocational Institute accepts scholarships from all sources: institutional, state, federal, community based, tribal, private party, and corporate scholarships. If you are looking for scholarships the WashBoard connects Washington Students with scholarship providers.
If you receive unemployment benefits or have exhausted unemployment benefits within the last two years you may be eligible for Workforce assistance.
WorkFirst provides tuition assistance to parents currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). If you are working in paid employment for at least 20 hours per week or more and have a monthly income within 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level you may be eligible for WorkFirst assistance.
If you are currently collecting unemployment benefits, or have exhausted unemployment benefits in the last 24 months, you are a displaced homemaker, you were formerly self-employed, or you were honorably discharged from the military in the last 24 months, then you may qualify for Worker Retraining assistance.
Labor and Industries (L&I)
If you cannot work due to an on-the-job injury you may qualify for assistance.
The college accepts vouchers for students receiving funding support from any public or private agency such as the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Basic Food Employment and Training
Offers funding for those currently receiving food assistance through DSHS (food stamps). Rehabilitation or community based organizations must have their signed voucher to the Financial Aid Office at least one week prior to the start of the quarter.
Tuition Waivers for Veterans
Partial tuition waivers are available for veterans who served active duty, their children and spouse. As a veteran, you may be eligible for a partial tuition waiver (50 percent in–state tuition rate) if you are an undergraduate pursuing your first bachelor’s degree with no more than 225 credits.
You may be eligible to receive a waiver of all tuition and fees (100 percent in–state tuition rate) up to 200 college–level credits if your parent or spouse was an *eligible veteran or national guard member who:
- Became totally disabled as defined in RCW 28B.15.385; or
- Who lost his or her life while engaged in active federal military or naval services; or
- Who is determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action.
Students sign up for the State of Washington tuition reduction in the Veterans’ Affairs office at Seattle Central College, Room BE1104C after talking to the SVI registrar.
Eligible veteran: One who served in active federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge.
Students sign up for veterans educational benefits at the Seattle Central College, Veterans’ Affairs Office, Room BE1104C. Other forms like credit evaluations and course approvals may be required depending on the total number of credits earned and students’ major status. VA Applications are available from the Veterans Affairs office, or they can be downloaded from the Veterans Administration website. Detailed information on each chapter can be obtained from the GI Bill website.
Support for Former Foster Youth
You may be eligible for the Passport Scholarship. For eligibility criteria, check with the financial aid office or criteria.
Check with your Human Resources department to see if your current employer offers education assistance.
SB 6523 – Real Hope Act
Washington Dream Act students will be able to complete a free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For more information visit Ready Set Grad.
WASFA Program Requirements:
- Must meet Washington state residency requirements.
- Must have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED®.
- Must have lived in Washington for three years prior to (and continuously since) earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
- Must sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply.*
- State Need Grant funds (SNG) only (depends on availability of SNG at school and meeting eligibility requirements such as income).
- Funds are not guaranteed, students must apply early.
- Students complete a WASFA not a FAFSA.