Scholarships are an excellent way to obtain much-needed money for tuition, books or living expenses. For tips on how to navigate these web pages, check out our video.


Scholarship applications are generally available between October and April for the following academic year and are due during spring quarter. A few applications and notifications are posted on the bulletin boards outside of the Financial Aid Office. Check the individual scholarship criteria to find out how and where to apply.

Scholarship Criteria

“Need-based" scholarships require that students have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office using data from your FAFSA application. Other scholarships are "merit-based," focused on a student's achievements, interests or affiliations.

Scholarships are awarded based on a range of criteria, which usually reflect the views or purposes of the donor providing the award. While many scholarships have similar elements, you should always read the application carefully. Every organization has its own particular requirements and application process.

There are thousands of scholarships out there with many types of criteria and you may be the person they are looking for!

Complete the FAFSA

It is a good idea to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) because many scholarship donors require it as a tool to determine an applicant’s financial need. You may make yourself ineligible for some scholarships if you have not completed this application.

The FAFSA becomes available at the beginning of January every year for the following academic year that starts in September. North’s priority deadline is March 15th of each year. Be sure to check with each scholarship in case there is an earlier deadline.

The FAFSA application is online at the FAFSA website. The Financial Aid Office does not have paper applications as the Department of Education no longer provides them to schools. If you want a paper application, call the Department of Education at (800) 433-3243 to have it mailed to you. You can also call the Department of Education for help in filling out the application over the phone if you do not have online access or need assistance.

Education Fund

North Seattle College's Education Fund offers scholarships to current students. More information is available from the Education Fund Scholarships Web page.

Local Assistance/Scholarships

Local Assistance/Scholarships are available through organizations such as Seattle Milk Fund, Assistance League of Seattle and WA Women in Need. These organizations have individual criteria for eligibility and have varying deadlines throughout the year. To find out specific information go to Current Scholarships where these organizations links are always listed.

Individual donors determine which educational expenses they will cover with each scholarship. For more information, contact (206) 934-3688, stop by the Financial Aid Office in room CC2358A (located by Admissions/Registration & the Cashiers Office), or review current scholarships.

Trust funds or checks from family members 

If you receive a check made out to “North Seattle College” for your education from your trust fund or directly from a family member or friend, for financial aid awarding purposes we need to process it like a scholarship check.  We have to set up in our system and this may take up to a week.  We will process these for you as soon as possible.

International Student Scholarships 

The International Programs office offers a limited number of scholarships for International Students. Application deadlines are March 1, August 1 and December 1. There is no deadline for the Referral and Early Acceptance scholarships.

New and returning students are eligible. You must demonstrate academic merit, student leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities, and you must have an F1 visa and be a full-time student.

The scholarship is awarded in the form of a tuition waiver. Please pick up an application form at room CC 2357. For more information, contact the International Programs office.