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Steps to Admission & Enrollment

Follow these simple steps to become a North student.

Step 1: Apply

Apply online via the Web Admissions Center. It’s simple, fast and free!

Be sure to include an email address to receive your acceptance message and student ID number.

Note: Out-of-state students should read the state compliance policy before applying.

Note: If you are a new to Washington state, please see the following page:  For those undocumented citizens affected by the HB1079 legislation, see the residency affidavit.

Undocumented” students may qualify for the lower resident tuition rate as well as financial aid. If you are an “undocumented” student who has lived in Washington for at least 3 years before completing high school or the equivalent, see the residency affidavit

If not applying online, come to the Admissions/Registration Office on campus for great in-person attention. (You can also apply online using our computer kiosk stations available in the admissions area.)

See Interactive Campus Map for campus and visitor parking information.

Under 18 and have not earned a high school diploma or GED? Apply for Running Start. Or continue your application process AND, if not enrolled in Running Start, request an exception to the NSC admissions policy by Applying as an Underage Student.

International Student? Apply through the International Programs office.

Health and Medical and I-BEST programs may require acceptance into their programs prior to enrollment. Students interested in these programs may apply to the College at any time.

What’s next? ENROLL as a student.

Step 2: Plan Funding

Estimate your tuition and fees. Tuition and fee tables are available from the Tuition & Fees section.

Visit or call the Financial Aid Office. Applying early for financial aid increases your chances of receiving an award. The financial aid deadline for fall applies for the whole year, so meet the priority deadline even if you don't plan to enroll until winter or spring.

If your employer or another agency will be paying your tuition, contact the Financial Aid Office before registering.

To determine your eligibility for worker retraining support as a displaced worker, contact Workforce Education.

If you do not have enough money to pay your tuition all at once, you may enroll in an online deferred payment plan provided by a partnership between North and nelnet Business Solutions. Get more details on e-Cashier here.

Search the Web for information about scholarships not offered through the school.

Step 3: Placement for Classes

New Students
New students have several options to demonstrate their English and/or math proficiency level.
1.    Take the COMPASS placement test.  For review materials, go to or our study guide page.
2.    Use qualifying ACT or SAT scores for placement.
3.    Seattle Public Schools students: use your high school transcript for placement into intermediate algebra or college level math. Find more information here. A COMPASS placement test is still required for English.
4.    Use qualifying placement tests from other colleges.
5.    Use qualifying college-level Math or English classes.
To use one of these options, you may e-mail, fax or bring your unofficial transcripts or placement test scores to Advising or to a START New Student Orientation and receive entry codes for registration.

Returning Students

Returning students may need to retake the COMPASS test if their most recent math class is older than two years or previous COMPASS math scores are older than one year.  COMPASS English test scores are valid for two years.  Qualifying college-level English composition courses do not time out.

Step 4: Register

Attend a START New Student Orientation

(required for students with no prior college experience)

START New Student Orientation provides an overview of programs, services and the registration process and gives you a chance to meet with an advisor to plan your schedule.

You will have the ability to register after you’ve completed an in-person orientation and demonstrated valid placement test scores or completed English and math at another institution. You are required to show test results from another college/university, indicating math placement within the past year and English within the past two years, or transcripts that indicate that you have taken college level math/English at another institution.

For on-campus orientation information and to sign up, please access the following link:  

Students in Health and Human Services programs, Running Start, Workforce Education, International Programs and Basic Skills (GED, ABE and ESL) all have their own orientations and are not required to go through the START New Student Orientation. These students should contact their program advisors for more information.

Visit the Online Orientation Web pages. Browse/refer to them as often as needed to access the College's Web resources.

Consult the Online Schedule

To help you decide what courses to take, consult the online Course Schedule for the most accurate and up-to-date version of the quarterly schedule.

Register online or in person

With your Student Identification Number (SID) and your class item numbers selected from the course schedule, you are ready to register.

Online registration

Go to Register/Add/Drop Classes

In-Person Registration

Get personal assistance at the Admissions/Registration Office on the second floor of the College Center building or use the registration kiosks available there to register online.

We recommend you view North's Admissions/Registration policies before you register for classes.

Review the list of Common Courses here.

Step 5: Pay and Prepare

Your registration is not complete until tuition and fees have been paid in full or you have enrolled in the FACTS deferred payment plan.

Tuition is determined by the number of courses you take and your residency status. Fees are determined by the number and type of courses you take. These fees do not include classroom expenses like art supplies or course-specific equipment that may be required by the instructor.

The average student will take 10-18 credits per quarter. Full-time is 12 credits. An advisor can help you estimate your typical tuition and fee payments. See the Tuition and Fees pages for full details on tuition and fee charges.

Tuition Payment Deadline

If you register prior to the beginning of the quarter, you must pay your tuition and fees or enroll in the FACTS automatic payment plan within 7 business days of your registration or prior to the start of the quarter, whichever comes first. If you register on or after the first day of the quarter, tuition and fee payment is due immediately upon registration. Students who do not pay tuition by the deadline will be dropped from classes for non-receipt of payment.

How to Pay

You can pay your tuition and fees by credit card online or by deferred payment plan without coming to campus, or in person, at the Cashier’s Office, on the second floor of the College Center Building. In-person payments can be made by cash, check, American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, debit card or financial aid award. Checks must be written for the exact amount and must be drawn on banks located in the United States. A handling fee of $30.75 is charged for any returned checks. Students will be automatically dropped from classes if checks written for tuition are returned for insufficient funds. Students who are dropped for insufficient funds must pay tuition and fees in cash or by credit card.

Financial assistance must be arranged with the Financial Aid Office prior to registration.

Photo ID

Photo identification cards are required for all currently enrolled students at North Seattle College.

Get your photo ID.

Visit the Bookstore

Bring your list of classes to the bookstore to purchase books for your classes. Details are available at the Bookstore's web page.


You are a registered student at North Seattle College!

Remember to attend the first day of classes or communicate with your instructor in advance if you are unable to attend. Registered students who are absent the first day without prior approval of the instructor or department may be withdrawn from classes.

Admissions Contacts

Admissions, Registration, Records and Credentials (ARRC)

Telephone: (206) 934-3663
Fax: (206) 934-3671

ARRC Hours of Operation

If you need assistance after normal business hours, contact ARRC.

Location: College Center, Second Floor


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