Chief Sealth, Cleveland, & Rainier Beach High School Students and Families:
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 SSCC. Take advantage of this unique opportunity available to Chief Sealth, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach High School seniors!
Frequently Asked Questions
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):
- Apply for admission to South Seattle College
- Submit a completed 13th Year Promise Scholarship application form.
- Participate in the Readiness Academy; specialized workshops to learn how to complete enrollment processes such as: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), SSCC financial aid file completion, and preparation for the COMPASS placement test. All Readiness Academy workshops are held within the high school, please refer to the timeline or scholarship application packet for details.
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year that you would enroll at South.
- Complete your SSCC financial aid file by the fall quarter deadline and maintain your fall deadline awarding status.
- Complete the COMPASS Placement Test or ACT with college-level scores.
- Attend the COMPASS Improvement Workshop series (unless you have placed into college-level math and/or English based on your COMPASS or ACT scores).
- Attend START New Student Orientation to register for fall quarter classes.
- Graduate from Chief Sealth or Cleveland High School in June of your senior year.
- Attend the 13th Year Bridge Program from September 9th-11th, 2014. During the Bridge Program, students are acclimated to the college campus, learn about student success strategies and campus resources, as well as meet instructors, staff, and peers.
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 Community 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 Community 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.
The COMPASS is a computer-based test that is used to place you in the appropriate level courses based on your reading, writing, and math skills. You must take this test in order to attend South Seattle College (similar to taking the SAT or ACT to attend universities). To receive the 13th Year Scholarship, you must complete the test by the deadline (to be announced).
To receive the scholarship you must attend a COMPASS Prep workshop before you take the COMPASS test. Free waivers for the COMPASS test are available after you attend the COMPASS Prep workshop. If you do not place into college-level courses your first time testing, you must enroll in a series of COMPASS Improvement Workshops and retake the COMPASS after you complete these workshops.
You are saving time and money by preparing for the COMPASS test. If you score into college-level courses, you will not have to take remedial courses which may take multiple quarters to complete before reaching college-level courses and you will save that much more in tuition costs. For more information regarding the COMPASS Test and study resources, please see the SSCC Student Assessment Office's website
http://www.southseattle.edu/sas/placement.htm#COMPASS and http://beforeyoutest.org/.
Please contact the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program Specialist with any questions regarding the 13th Year Promise Scholarship that are not answered here.
13th Year Promise Scholarship Program Specialist
Phone (206) 934-5204
Fax (206) 934-7947