State Financial Aid for DREAMers
Financial Aid staff are working remotely and available to answer your funding questions during North’s campus closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Are you currently receiving Financial Aid, Scholarship, or other funding? You can schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor through email, phone or your Starfish account. New to Starfish? Instructions for using Starfish are located here.
Are you new to Financial Aid or have general questions? Give us a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm at 206-934-3688 or emails us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore our webpages for commonly requested information.
Please note, effective Nov. 6, Student Services offices will be closed on Fridays at noon for ctcLink statewide technology conversion training.
On February 26, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the REAL Hope Act (SB6523), also known as the Washington Dream Act. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, this new law expands eligibility for the Washington College Grant to non-citizens who meet the program’s eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below:
- Have graduated from a Washington state high school or obtained a GED®
- Have lived in Washington state for three (3) years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent
- Sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply. Students granted deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) must also complete and sign the affidavit.
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has developed a state application for students who are unable to complete a FAFSA due to immigration status. This free application—known as the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)—is available for students to complete online at www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.
START New Student Orientation provides an overview of programs and services, the registration process, and gives you a chance to meet with an advisor to plan your schedule. START Orientation schedules and on-line orientations are available on the NSC Advising website.
Note: Eligibility for state grant aid does not guarantee an award, as the grants are awarded on a funds-available basis. The sooner you complete an application, the better chance you have for consideration of limited state grant aid funds.
How Often to Apply
Students who meet the eligibility requirements for REAL Hope should plan on completing a WASFA each academic year they are in college. The NSC Financial Aid office maintains priority deadlines for funding at northseattle.edu/financial-aid/application-deadlines. Students do not need to submit a new residency affidavit each year.