Financial Aid

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Application Process

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The basics for students to get up and running with the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid applicants should apply for admissions to North Seattle College to receive their student ID number. Applications can be submitted online, via the Web Admissions Center. It’s simple, fast and free!

Need help with the application? Get step-by-step application help in ctcLink.

If not applying online, come to the Admissions/Registration Office on campus for great in-person attention. For more information, see the Steps to Admissions and Enrollment.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for the appropriate academic year online. Review our application submission deadlines.

If you are unsure if you should complete a FAFSA or a WASFA, complete the WASFA Eligibility Questionnaire.

Your ctcLink Student Account gives you access to financial aid information, registration, unofficial transcripts, updating your personal information, and much more.

  • Financial Aid Awards are available under, “View Financial Aid” status link.
  • Tasks and To-Dos will list all required documents need to submit to the Financial Aid Office
  • You can upload documents to the Financial Aid Office from your portal as well.

Check out ctcLink Resources for Students, more information and step-by-step instructions.

Students receiving financial aid are required to select a program of study that leads to an eligible degree or certificate at North Seattle College. Students are responsible for making certain they take courses that pertain to their program of study or risk exhausting their financial aid before they complete their degree or certificate.

Advisors in the North Student Success Services can assist you in choosing a program of study and appropriate classes as well as create comprehensive educational plans. If you are pursuing a degree or certificate in one of the Health/Medical, Watch Technology, Early Childhood Education or BAS programs, please see the department for advising and registration information.

If you are unsure of your program of study or career interests, talk with Counseling (206) 934-3676 or visit

**Students taking courses only for admissions to another college or university, should see the financial aid office for instructions on the preparatory loan application process.

Applicants selected for verification are notified of additional documentation requirements via email and information is posted to the ctcLink portal under the “Tasks” tile. All verification documents must be submitted for eligibility determination before funds are awarded. Examples of documents that may be requested from you include, but are not limited to the following:

  • IRS Tax Transcripts
  • Certification of Income and Benefits
  • Verification Worksheet
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Citizenship/Immigration Documents
  • Social Security Card
  • Untaxed Income Verification Documents
  • Sibling or Spouse College Registration Verification
  • Various Institutional Forms as requested by the aid office

Documents can be submitted in-person to the financial aid office, faxed to 206-934-3608, or uploaded to via the ctcLink Student Center.

Complete To-Do FA Tasks

Upload FA Documents in ctcLink

Financial Aid applicants must submit an Application for Evaluation of Incoming Credits form and request official transcripts for all U.S. colleges attended in the last 10 years, even if you do not wish to transfer some credits. You can review your attendance at prior institutions online at

Please visit the Credentials Evaluation webpage for more information.

If you are interested in applying for Federal Direct Loans, you will need to complete the following three requirements:

The Financial Aid Office at North Seattle College reviews applications after all required documents have been received. Students with a complete financial aid application at NSC are notified by e-mail regarding their eligibility. Your financial aid awards including amount and type of aid are posted to the ctcLink Portal.

Financial aid is awarded for the entire academic year beginning with Fall Quarter and ending Summer Quarter. Students who complete their application by the priority deadline are notified first. Applications completed after the financial aid deadline for the quarter being applied for will be reviewed in the order in which they were received. Students may receive funding, if eligible, retroactively.

Please review the quarterly financial aid deadlines.

View FA Awards

Application Submission Deadline

Financial aid at North Seattle College is awarded for the academic year beginning with Fall Quarter and ending Summer Quarter. Students should apply for financial aid each academic year in which they plan to enroll in courses. Students are encouraged to submit their financial aid and admissions application at least one week prior to the deadline to ensure it is received and processed by the deadline date. If the deadline falls on the weekend or holiday, the Financial Aid Office will accept documents received before the close of business on the following working day.

Quarterly Submission Deadlines

  • Fall Quarter: August 31st
  • Winter Quarter: November 30th
  • Spring Quarter: February 28th
  • Summer Quarter: May 31st **

** Summer quarter grant aid and summer quarter work-study requests requires an additional one-page supplemental application form available beginning the first week of spring quarter each year.

Students who do not meet the quarterly deadlines listed will have their financial aid application reviewed, however eligibility may not be determined until after the tuition payment deadline. Students should plan to pay for their tuition and fees or sign up for the deferred tuition payment plan prior to the start of the quarter.

To meet the deadline, students need to complete steps 1 to 5 above.