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All Chief Sealth, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach High School seniors are encouraged to apply for the 13th Year Promise Scholarship. The 13th Year Promise Scholarship is not a merit or need-based scholarship; students may receive the scholarship regardless of grade point average or family income. Students must successfully complete enrollment steps such as admissions, financial aid, placement test, orientation, and registration (see program requirements and deadlines below). Students must participate in the Readiness Academy throughout their senior year which helps students in each of the steps to enroll. The Readiness Academy includes several workshops throughout the year, field trips to the college for placement testing and enrollment, and culminates in an intensive 3-day transition program so that students become acclimated to the college campus.
Once enrolled at South, students can use the scholarship towards any credit-bearing transfer or professional/technical degree, certificate program, as well as basic ESL and ABE. Students must be enrolled full-time in these programs at South Seattle College to receive the scholarship.
The scholarship covers the remaining tuition balance that other aid does not cover for the academic year (fall, winter, and spring—scholarship does not cover summer quarter). The scholarship does not cover fees, textbooks, or supplies. In addition to the scholarship, 13th Year Scholars have additional academic resources that are available to ensure their success at SSC. Take advantage of this unique opportunity available to Chief Sealth, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach High School seniors!
To receive the 13th Year Promise Scholarship, students must complete each of the following requirements by their respective deadlines (listed on the scholarship application and timeline):
Running Start students who plan to graduate from our partner high schools…
Running Start students must complete all scholarship requirements except for taking the Placement Test again unless you have placed into a developmental math course.
The 13th Year Promise Scholarship covers tuition for one academic year. The Scholarship is a "last dollar scholarship," meaning that any eligible financial aid will be applied first, and then the 13th Year Scholarship will cover any remaining unpaid tuition. The scholarship only covers the first three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) attended at South Seattle College and cannot be dispersed or saved for summer quarter or future quarters at South. If you do not attend South during any of the three quarters of eligibility, the scholarship cannot be recovered.
Note that the scholarship does not cover fees, textbooks, supplies, or other expenses. Note that these expenses may be covered by financial aid or other funding sources available at SSCC. You can view current tuition and fee rates listed.
The scholarship can cover any credit-bearing transfer or professional/technical degree, certificate program, as well as basic ESL and ABE at South Seattle College. Students must be enrolled full-time (between 12-15 credits) in these programs at South Seattle College to receive the scholarship and maintain the same Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as set by the Financial Aid Office.
The Scholarship can also cover tuition of South Seattle College Study Abroad programs between 12-15 credits.”
Running Start students who plan to graduate from Chief Sealth and Cleveland High Schools are encouraged to apply for the 13th Year Promise Scholarship. Running Start students can receive the 13th Year Promise Scholarship during the academic year after they graduate from high school until they either complete spring quarter of their year of eligibility or complete their degree, whichever comes first.
Running Start students must complete all scholarship requirements except for taking the COMPASS Placement Test again unless you have placed into a developmental math course.
A placement test determines the level of your first classes in English and math. Some programs have cut scores which must be met for entry (for example, Running Start, prof-tech programs), while other programs do not require college level English and math completion. You will meet with an Advisor after placement testing and Orientation to decide the right classes for your program and your skill level. You can then enroll in and pass classes to advance toward completion/graduation.
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Please contact the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program Specialist with any questions regarding the 13th Year Promise Scholarship that are not answered here.
Molly Chrisman, M.Ed.
Program Specialist - 13th Year Promise Scholarship