Cash Assistance

Student Financial Aid

NSC Student Financial Aid Office. Access to grants, scholarships, and loans from federal, state, and private sources to support the costs of attending college. Aid is available for all students regardless of residency documentation status.

  •,  (206) 934-3688
  • Current students may schedule an appointment with their financial aid advisor directly through Starfish or by email. Instructions for scheduling an appointment in Starfish is available here.

NSC Workforce Education Office. Workforce Education provides tuition assistance funding for students enrolled in at least one Workforce Education program and an eligible program of study (primarily career and technical education and basic and transitional studies).

COVID-19 Emergency Funds. The U.S. Department of Education has made grants available to Institutions from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). North Seattle College will provide funds to students with demonstrated financial need, in their pursuit of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provide grants for education-related expenses such as tuition and fees.

NSC Emergency Assistance. Funding for emergency support to continue studies. Emergency assistance can provide, technology needs, laptop for coursework, childcare, bus pass, auto repairs/gasoline, medical/dental costs, housing/utilities, and tuition, fees, textbooks/supplies, if no other resource is available.

Income Support for Low-Income Households

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF provides temporary cash for families in need.. Program can pay for childcare expenses through the Child Care Subsidy Program, help with job search, and enable you to qualify for WorkFirst tuition support through the Workforce Education Office

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, provides low-income residents with monthly benefits to buy food. See for more information about Basic Food program eligibility.

  • You can apply for Basic Food Assistance online or by phone at (877) 501-2233.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program is to help low-income families afford their energy bills (natural gas, electricity, heating oil). Payments go directly to the energy company on behalf of the recipient. Available to all Washington residents with household income at or below 150% of the poverty level.

  • Go here and click on the county where you live to find information on LIHEAP agencies and how to make an appointment for eligibility determination.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. Supplemental nutrition and food program for low-income women who are pregnant, new mothers, or have children under five years of age. Can be combined with SNAP program. Provide funding for nutritious foods including baby formula/food.

  • Go to the Meridian Center for Health just north of the campus, 10521 Meridian Ave N, 2nd Floor. or (206) 296-4990 then select '2' for Public Health WIC/MSS services.