Emergency Assistance for Students

Applications for emergency aid are open the 2nd week of the quarter and end on the last day of the quarter.

North Seattle College is proud to support students with emergency financial grants while enrolled in school. We know that unexpected expenses and emergencies can create a barrier to remaining enrolled in school and completing your program of study.

We have multiple sources of funds students can access from one application.  Each funding program has different eligibility criteria, but don’t worry about that. We will match you with the funding that meets your needs.  Funds are limited and not all students will receive emergency grants from these programs.  If we are unable to assist you with a financial grant, we will refer you to community resources as available.

Do I qualify?

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have a recent unforeseen emergency or financial expense that may prevent you from continuing in your program

AND meet all of the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in 6 or more credits for the current quarter (laptop requests only require 5 credit enrollment)
  • Completing a North Seattle College degree or certificate or enrolled in ESL, GED, High School Completion or Basic & Transitional Studies Program
  • Commitment to meet with a Benefits Hub Coach or Workforce Education Navigator for follow-up support and return the follow-up survey

 Eligible Expenses

  • Technology needs
  • Laptop for coursework
  • Childcare
  • Bus pass
  • Auto repairs / gasoline
  • Medical / Dental costs
  • Housing / Utilities
  • Tuition and fees, if no other resource available
  • Textbooks and supplies, if no other resource available

How to Get Started

  1. Complete your general profile using your email address and creating a password on the Emergency Funds application page.
  2. After completing your general profile, make sure to fill out the application for North Seattle College Emergency Financial Grants.
  3. Students will be contacted by email from a member of the emergency assistance team for next steps or if additional information is needed

After approval:

Students who receive Emergency Assistance Funding are required to meet with a United Way Benefits Hub coach or Workforce Education Navigator to receive information and referrals for income support and services.

Students are required to complete the Student Follow-up Survey.

About the North Seattle College Emergency Assistance Grant

The emergency fund is intended to be a one-time short-term solution to help students while they are connecting with long-term support resources. Long-term supports include things like:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to apply for this aid?

  • U.S. citizenship is not required to apply for this funding. Students must meet general eligibility criteria (listed above). All students experiencing a financial emergency are encouraged to apply.

Can I apply if I am currently receiving financial aid and/or Workforce funding?

  • Yes. Students already receiving aid may apply if they are experiencing a financial emergency and need additional financial support.

Can I apply every quarter?

  • Students experiencing a financial emergency may apply more than one quarter. All applications will be considered. However, funding is limited and is not guaranteed.
  • Subsequent requests are currently capped at $500 and require that students have met additional steps. The $500 maximum may be waived in special situations.
  • Students requesting 3 or more quarters of emergency assistance may be required to provide additional information including documentation of emergency and exhaustion of other resources.

Have Additional Questions? Need Help Getting Started?

Email us at: north.successfund@seattlecolleges.edu