Getting Started

Welcome>>1: Getting Started

In this segment, we’ll be discussing how to get started as a student at North Seattle College. This process includes admission, placement testing and paying for college. Of course, it’s not quite that simple. Over the next few minutes, we’ll go over all the steps in more detail. You might want to grab a pen and paper and take some notes.

How to Pay for College
Every student needs to think about how to pay for college expenses. Apply for financial aid — don’t assume you aren’t eligible! The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) online or visit the Financial Aid Office on campus. The financial aid deadline for fall applies for the whole year, so you should meet the “priority deadline” even if you don't plan to enroll until winter or spring. Applying early also increases your chances of receiving an award.

If your employer or another agency will be paying your tuition, contact Financial Aid before registering. To explore eligibility for worker retraining support as a displaced worker, contact Workforce Education. Or check out the list of online resources for scholarships not offered through the College.

Prospective students can obtain an application in one of two ways:

  • At the Admissions/Registration office
  • Online

There is no cost to apply as a resident student. Online applicants will receive a confirmation that their application has been received within 48 hours.

Before registering for your first quarter of classes, you may need to take placement tests for English and/or math if required for your program.  There are many ways to place into classes; please meet with your advisor to know if you will need any placement testing.

Details about the placement test, such as cost and test dates, can be found on the Testing Center Web pages. You’ll also find a link to test prep resources below.

The orientation is designed to introduce the broad range of programs and resources available to you as a student at North. The on-campus orientation offers the opportunity to ask questions, meet other new students and meet with an advisor to plan the first quarter class schedule. You can find orientation dates and an online sign-up on the Advising Web pages.

Several campus programs have their own orientation processes. They include ABE/GED, ESL, Seattle Promise, Running Start, International Programs and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. See the program Web pages or visit their offices for more information.

Advising is part of Student Success Services and offers academic advising to students about transfer programs, career training, workforce education, English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, Running Start and High School Completion. After taking the placement tests for English and math and completing the online orientation, new students should meet with an advisor to discuss first quarter classes and to ensure you take the right courses for your program of interest. Bring placement test scores or high school or college transcripts when meeting with an advisor. This will save you time and money in the long run.

Well, that’s it for this section. We hope you learned a lot about how to get started as a student at NSC.

Related Info
Financial Aid Office
International Students
Online Application
Running Start Students
Testing Center
Workforce Education
Seattle Promise
Bachelor of Applied Science degrees