Funding Options

Ability to Benefit is a Federal Student Aid program that offers an opportunity for students without a high school credential to earn both a college credential (technical diploma or associate degree) and a high school diploma or GED at the same time. 

Who is eligible for Ability to Benefit?

Ability to Benefit is for students 18 years and older who:

  • Do not have a high school credential, or did not graduate from an accredited high school.
  • Want to enroll in a North Seattle College professional-technical or transfer program and want to apply for financial aid.
  • Can demonstrate “college readiness” by completing 6 credits of college-level coursework or passing a placement exam.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact our Transition Specialist, Shan Lackey, at 206 934-4537, or

    Transition Specialist
    Shan Lackey
    (206) 934-4537
    Basic & Transitional Studies Division

    Program Coordinator
    Adrienne Lugg
    (206) 934-4549

    IB 2407C

    Division Contacts
    (206) 934-4720

    Mailing Address
    NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
    9600 College Way N
    Seattle, WA 98103

    Curtis Bonney