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.

To get started with the enrollment process students will apply based on their background or goals.  Applicants usually receive confirmation that their application has been received within 48 hours. 

Questions? Connect with a member of our Admissions Team; whether you’re ready to register or still need information to decide the best program for you, we’re here to help.

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.

You may need placement if you are planning to take math or English classes at North. You may also need placement if you take other classes at North that require math or English placement as a pre-requisite (some examples include Communications, Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, and others). 

There are multiple methods, or placement options, to determine your placement into English and math classes, or classes that have English or math pre-requisites. 

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Academic advising is available to all students and is strongly encouraged to make sure you are working on the program that best fits your goals.  After taking the placement tests for English and math (if necessary) and completing the online orientation, new students should meet with an advisor to discuss first quarter classes to ensure you take the right courses for your program of interest. Bring placement test scores or high school or college transcripts (unofficial copies are fine) 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.