Tuesday Tips from South Seattle College

A weekly email with important information to help you be successful at South! These emails are important because you'll be in the know about events on campus, important deadlines, scholarship opportunities, workshops, helpful tips for classes and more.

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Summer 2015 - Week 4: Mid-Quarter Check-In

It's mid-quarter and time to plan for the next steps! Here's a check-in email to help you track a few important upcoming dates. Use this as a checklist to get a good start on Fall quarter deadlines. Fall quarter starts on Monday, September 28th.

  • Don't know what to take next quarter? Schedule an Advising appointment online, by phone 206-934-5387 or drop by the Advising Center in RSB 11.
  • The tuition deadline for previously registered students is Monday, August 31st. Pay online to secure your class!
  • Need to start a payment plan for Fall quarter tuition? The FACTS Payment Plan is still open, enroll in a plan by this Friday, July 24th and put 25% down payment with 4 additional payments through November 5th.
  • Know what classes are left in your program. Track your progress with Degree Audit!
  • It's never too early to buy your books for Fall quarter! Start looking for textbooks now from the Bookstore or sell back your books. Also find great deals for used books through your peers, online, or the textbook exchange wall in the Library!

Word of the Week: Prerequisite - The requirement(s) that must be met before a student may enroll in a particular course or program. A prerequisite might be completion of a given class before enrollment in a more advanced class, or a satisfactory score on a placement test.


Summer 2015 – Week 3: Saving Money

Summer is a great time of year to soak up the sun, travel, and party. There are a lot of ways to do this on a budget or for free. Planning ahead for trip and researching for great deals can help you save hundreds of dollars. Here are some tips and lists of ways to save money this summer.

  • There’s only one thing better than getting a good price on something, and that’s getting it for free. Check out these great deals.
  • Good and Cheap is a tasty collection of recipes for those on a budget. Impress your friends with these amazing dishes at your next BBQ. Download a Free recipe book today!
  • Remember: a FAFSA or WASFA must be completed yearly and is used to receive all kinds of financial aid, including scholarships! Get help filling them out at these workshops!
    • 7/16, LIB 217, 11:30am-2:00pm
    • 7/30, LIB 217, 11:30am-2:00pm
    • 8/13, LIB 217, 11:30am-2:00pm
    • 9/17, LIB 217, 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Sign up for SALT! SALT is an online financial empowerment tool to help you become financially savvy. Check it out today!

Word of the Week: Financial Literacy - Your money savvy, or the knowledge you have about money—specifically budgeting, financial planning, saving, managing debt, and investing.


Summer 2015 - Week 2: Summer tips for Success

Here are the Top 5 Tips for Surviving Summer quarter!

REMINDER: This Friday, July 9th is the last day to withdraw from a class with 50% refund. Speak to Financial Aid to make sure you don't owe a repayment.

  • Stay ahead on your readings and preparations for class. It's easy to get distracted by the sun and summertime fun, (trust us) being academically prepared is worth it!
  • Take advantage of the tutors on campus. Check to see if one of our Tutoring Centers fit your needs. Don't forget that the Library has check-out rooms for small-groups.
  • Bring snacks and stay hydrated throughout the day. This will help boost your energy levels in class.
  • Go at your own pace and manage your time according to your schedule.
  • In between classes, take a quick trip to nearby Alki beach to toss a frisbee, play some beach volleyball, or just unwind. When you come back to campus, you will be refreshed and ready for class!

Word of the Week: Down Payment - The part of a cost that is paid up front which reduces the amount of future payments. For example, the FACTS Payment Plan requires a percentage down payment to enroll in the program and you are responsible for paying future installments of your tuition.


Summer 2015 – Week 1: Welcome to Summer Quarter

South welcomes you to Summer Quarter! Check your Tuesday Tips weekly email to get important information, deadlines and resources. FREE to your inbox every Tuesday! REMINDER: It's a short week, all college campuses are closed this Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day.

  • Student Services is running on summer quarter hours, Mondays - Thursdays, 8:00am - 4:30pm and Fridays, 9:00am - 1:00pm.
  • Tuition is now due at the time of registration, pay online to avoid getting dropped! The FACTS Payment Plan is still open until Thursday, July 2nd (pay 50% now and the other half later).
  • If you need to drop a course, withdraw by Thursday, July 2nd to receive 100% refund. Speak to Financial Aid by to make sure you don't owe repayment.
  • If you have been awarded financial aid and you are now adding or dropping courses, make sure to submit your summer registration to the financial aid office by Friday, July 3rd.
  • Driving to campus? Buy your parking permit online. Taking the bus? See bus routes that bring you onto campus.

Word of the Week: Down Payment - The part of a cost that is paid up front which reduces the amount of future payments. For example, the FACTS Payment Plan requires a percentage down payment to enroll in the program and you are responsible for paying future installments of your tuition.


Spring 2015 – Week 11: Stay Connected to South after Graduation

Stay Connected! Top ways to stay connected to South after graduation, tips for returning students are on our archive page.

  • Daily: Stay connected to South through Social Media like, South’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, #southseattlecollege
  • Weekly: Attend a Northwest Wine Academy wine tasting event happening on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Quarterly: Bring family or friends to South's Arboretum and Garden Center.
  • South's Graduation Ceremony is on Friday, June 19th at 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall.

Word of the Week: Work-Study - The opportunity to earn part of one's education costs while attending college. Work-study allocations are typically based on financial need.


Spring 2015 – Week 10: End of the Quarter Check-List

Almost there! The end of the quarter is next week Friday, June 19th! Congratulations to graduates and returning students, here's an end of the quarter check-list.

  • There are still great classes still open, make sure to register and pay for next quarter classes, avoid getting dropped and pay attention to tuition deadlines!
  • Driving to campus? Buy your parking permit online. Taking the bus? See bus routes that bring you onto campus.
  • Summer quarter starts on Monday, June 29th! Tuition is now due within 7 days of registration.
  • Grades are available on Thursday, June 25th. View Your Grades/Unofficial Transcript on MySouth.

Word of the Week: Graduate Program - A program which is beyond the baccalaureate level from the master's to the postdoctoral levels which provides advanced study and exploration in a particular discipline.


Spring 2015 – Break: Summer Quarter is Coming!

Summer quarter is coming!

  • Plan your schedule and register online.
  • Forgot your SID & PIN? Submit an SID and PIN request to Registration either in person or via email.
  • Plan ahead to manage your time wisely in Summer. It's a shorter quarter, but courses cover the same amount of content, so it can feel more intense. Consider a lighter credit load and try to plan any upcoming vacations during the five week break between Summer and Fall.

Word of the Week: Professional/Technical Education - Programs which provide an organized process of learning experience designed to develop skills, knowledge and work habits for entry into and advancement within various levels of employment in occupations such as agriculture, manufacturing, business, health care, and hospitality.


Spring 2015 – Week 9: How to Beat Stress

Don't Freak Over Finals, check out this infographic on How to Beat Stress when preparing for end of the quarter exams. Remember stay healthy and take breaks.

  • When studying, take a 15-minute break and go for a walk. Do something physical to stimulate your blood flow.
  • Now is the time to use one of our studying/tutoring centers.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep the night before your finals (at least 6-8 hours of sleep).
  • Know Counselors and Advisors are available to help you get through any panic attacks.

Word of the Week: Interest - The fee a lender charges you for borrowing money. It's a percentage of the amount you owe that accrues and gets added to your principal balance on a regular basis (usually either daily or monthly).


Spring 2015 – Week 8: Summer Quarter

Tips for Taking Summer Classes! Consider taking summer classes if you want to finish your degree faster.

  • Got a busy Summer? Online and Hybrid courses are good alternatives to taking an in-person class. See what's available on our class schedule.
  • Summer quarter is generally shorter than the regular Fall - Spring quarters; this means classes go at a faster pace.
  • Finish your degree faster by taking one or two summer courses like a pre-requisite course to get it out of the way.
  • Talk to an advisor to see if Summer classes is right for you. Make an appointment online, by phone 206-934-5387 or drop-in for a quick appointment.
  • Don't forget summer quarter tuition is due Monday, June 1st.

Word of the Week: Prerequisite - Requirement that must be met before enrollment in a course or program.


Spring 2015 – Week 7: SALT

Ever wished you had a money coach to help you make better decisions about spending, saving, and borrowing money? Show your money who's boss with SALT!

  • SALT is an online financial empowerment tool to help you become financially savvy.
  • You get a FREE lifetime membership with SALT through South.
  • Activating your SALT membership allows you to take advantage of member-only features like: interactive money-management tools, resources for finding scholarships and internships, a personal dashboard that tracks your student loans in one place and loan advice from SALT's expert counselors.
  • SALT also gives you access to My Money 101 - a self-paced, online training resource that teaches you practical money management strategies for budgeting, credit management, and more!
  • The Peer Navigators at the Information Desk in the Student Services Lobby can tell you more about the many student & alumni benefits of SALT.

Word of the Week: Subsidized Loans - Loans that the government pays the interest on while you're in school and during approved deferment periods. They will also pay this interest during your grace period if you borrowed these loans before July 1, 2012.


Spring 2015 – Week 6: Mid-Quarter Check-In

It's mid-quarter and time to plan for the next steps! Here's a check-in email to help you track a few important upcoming dates. Use this as a checklist to get a good start on Summer quarter deadlines. Summer AND Fall quarter registration begins on Monday, May 18th.

  • Don't forget to plan for Summer AND Fall courses, schedule an Advising appointment online, by phone 206-934-5387 or drop-in for a quick appointment.
  • Know how you will pay for classes, FACTS Payment Plan opens on Monday, May 18th for Summer and Fall quarters.
  • Know what classes are left in your program and track your progress with Degree Audit!
  • If you are receiving Financial Aid for summer quarter, make sure to submit your Supplemental Financial Aid Application to RSB Financial Aid Front Desk, RSB Lobby.
  • Plan ahead, the last day to withdraw from your course with no refund is Friday, May 29th -it is highly recommended that you see an advisor before dropping your course(s).

Word of the Week: President's List - Student must have accumulated 30 or more credits at South and attain a 3.8 or higher quarterly GPA. South hosts an annual event in Spring quarter honoring President's and Dean's List students.


Spring 2015 – Week 5: Tutoring On Campus

Need a spot to study or need a tutor? Check out these studying and tutoring centers on campus. All FREE and welcoming environments! Find a spot that best meets your learning needs.

  • The AANAPISI Center (LIB 220) offers culturally competent tutors that individualize instruction, incorporating students’ ethnic and cultural backgrounds into their work. Asian American and Pacific Islander student populations are encouraged to come to our study session.
  • The Collaborative Learning and Instruction Center, (C.L.I.C.), located in RSB 66, helps with English, Math, Writing, ESL and other coursework. The center is operated by TRiO Student Success Services. Students enrolled in the TRiO Student Success Services program are welcome to use C.L.I.C.
  • Studying off-campus? We have online tutoring through the Western e-Tutoring Consortium, chat live with tutors! Email Marianna Asaturova to sign up.
  • The Tutor Center (RSB 12) offers many options for academic support like in math, science, writing, and computer technology!

Word of the Week: Personal Statement - A personal or autobiographical essay that many colleges, universities, and professional schools require as part of the admissions process. The personal statement is generally used to determine a student's ability to overcome obstacles, achieve goals, think critically, and write effectively.

Bonus Tip: Graduating? Put studying aside for a just moment and make sure to fill out your attendance card by Friday, May 8th for the graduation ceremony on June 19th.


Spring 2015 – Week 4: WorkSource

Are you Job Hunting? Let the WorkSource Office help you find a job! Here are steps on How to Navigate our Online Student Job Board, sign up today!

  • New User? REGISTER by entering your contact information and field of study/major.
  • Once you register, you can begin browsing the jobs and internships listed on the site.
  • Search Jobs by “Post Date” to see which jobs and internships were posted most recently.
  • Visit the Employer Directory to learn about which companies have expressed interest in hiring Seattle Community College students.
  • Upload your Resume to the Job Board for employers to see. Need resume help? Come to the WorkSource in RS 79.

Word of the Week: Financial Literacy - Money savvy, or the knowledge you have about money - specifically budgeting, financial planning, saving, manging debt, and investing.



Spring 2015 – Week 3:  Advising Services at South

Learn how our Advising office can help you reach your goals!  Knowing what classes to take, when to take them and planning for future quarters are keys to your academic success.

  • Advisors can help you with education planning, registering for classes, applying for graduation, college transfer, program and degree information and more!
  • Schedule an appointment today! It's easy, book in advance by calling 206-934-5387.  Stop by the Advising Center in RSB 11 to request an appointment, or use this link to book online!
  • Have a time-sensitive advising issue but didn't make an appointment in advance?  The Advising Center has limited walk-ins available each day.  These are appointments made same-day, and only last 20 minutes.  Show up early in the day because the walk-in schedule fills up quickly.
  • Before you drop a course, see and Advisor or your Instructor first! April 24 is the last day to withdraw with 50% refund.
  • There is an online Education Planning tool available through MySouth.  Login with your SID and PIN.  Your advisor is your key resource for helping you develop your Educational Plan. Use this Education Plan tool to create or edit your plan.
  • The Spring quarter Transfer Fair is coming up on Tuesday, April 28.  Come visit with admission advisors from all over the state in JMB B from 10am-1pm.

Word of the Week: Major-Ready - Four-year colleges and Universities want transfer students to be "Major Ready" when they enroll.  This means taking all the prerequisite coursework for the major before transfer.  Prerequisites vary between schools and programs so it's crucial to take the time to research these requirements long before you apply to transfer.


Spring 2015 – Week 2:  Workshops for Success

South offers resources to help you along your path in your degree or certificate program. FREE workshops on FAFSA/WASFA Scholarships, Transfers, Majors, for Undecided Students and Leadership! Transfer Tuesdays are weekly and Financial Workshops are monthly.

  • Transfer events and workshops are held every Tuesday at 1:30 in the Transfer Resource Center (RS 66), check page 2 of the Spring edition of Transfer News for transfer event dates and workshop topics. 
  • Every 3rd Thursday of the month, get help completing your 2015-2016 FAFSA or WASFA.  Learn about other resources & tools for funding your education.  The first one is this Thursday, 4/16.  For more information, check in at the Information Desk in the RSB Student Services Lobby.
  • Undecided Student Workshops will introduce you to the steps in the career and education decision-making process.  Sign-up early to reserve your spot and get times and locations.
  • Don't forget, Friday, April 17th is the last day to make changes to your registration.
  • Have general questions and aren't sure which office to contact?  Email infosouth@seattlecolleges.edu

Word of the Week: Distribution Requirements - Also called Areas of Knowledge, these are the general education courses required to attain an Associate of Arts degree.  They include Visual, Literary and Performing Arts, (VLPA) Indivuduals, Cultures and Societies, (IC&S) and Natural World (NW).
Bonus Tip:  Graduation is on June 19th!  Submit your RSVP confirming that you will walk in the ceremony by May 8th.


Spring 2015 – Week 1:  Welcome to Spring Quarter

Welcome to Spring Quarter! Check your Tuesday Tips weekly email to get important information, deadlines and resources.

  • Student Services is open until 6pm through Thursday of this week. 
  • Tuition is now due at the time of registration.  Pay online to avoid getting dropped! The FACTS payment plan is still open until Friday, April 10th.
  • If you need to drop a course, withdraw by Friday, April 10th to receive 100% refund. Speak to financial aid to make sure you don't owe a repayment. 
  • On a waitlist? Go to class and let the instructor know you are there. Ask for permission to join the class. Bring your instructor signed enrollment form (or permission email) to the Registration Office to get enrolled.
  • Driving to campus? Buy your parking permit online. Taking the bus? See bus routes that bring you onto campus.
  • Get your southseattle.edu email address.  With an @southseattle.edu address, you can also get free Amazon Prime for 6 months, discounts on phone bills, software, hardware, etc. 

Word of the Week:  Credit/Credit Hour - Generally equal to the number of hours in a class per week for that course.  Tuition is based on the total number of registered credit hours.


Winter 2015 – Week 12:  Avoid Getting Dropped from Classes

Top 5 reasons why students get dropped from courses. Avoid getting dropped from your class and READ this!

  • # 1 Tuition is not paid by the deadline. Be sure you know our Payment Policy for Tuition  and Fees. Contact our Registration Department for more information. Check your schedule to be sure your tuition has been paid.
  • #2 Your financial aid is not ready to pay. Check the financial aid portal to see your status. Check your schedule to be sure your financial aid is reflected in your amount due. Contact Financial Aid immediately if questions or concerns.
  • #3 A third party is paying for your tuition. Be sure your paperwork has been submitted to ensure it is processed in a timely matter. Questions? Contact the Work Force Retraining Office.   
  • #4 Were  you on a waitlist? Avoid getting dropped and pay for that class immediately once you are enrolled. Can’t get into a class? Secure a back-up plan and consider one of the great classes still open (select “show open classes only” on the top left).
  • #5 "I forgot to pay." We get it. As a student you're juggling lots of things. Be sure to re-enroll and make it a priority to pay online TODAY to ensure your spot in class and to prevent being dropped. 

Word of the Week: ORCA card - is a transit pass that is accepted by several transit systems like King Country Metro buses and Sound Transit. Students enrolled in 10 credits or more can purchase an ORCA card at a discounted price. See the cashiers for information.
IMPORTANT INFO: Fall Financial Aid Deadline is Tuesday, June 23rd! Here's what you have to do by this date: Fill out your FAFSA, print out your Student Aid Report (SAR) and speak with Financial Aid staff to complete your file.


Winter 2015 – Week 11:  End of the Quarter Check List

Check List: Cross’em off because the quarter is ending next week on Wednesday, March 26th! Quick Tip: Don't cram all of your studying into one night, check out these effective studying habits for the end of the quarter from Rasmussen College.

  • Have you turned in all of your required forms that applies to you like Financial Aid, Transfer Applications, Scholarship Applications, Veterans forms, etc...?
  • Have you caught up with all of your homework? Make arrangements now to complete and submit them!
  • Have you registered for classes and know how to pay for next quarter? Not sure what class to take or have questions about waitlists, make an appointment with an advisor.
  • Have you created a payment plan for next quarter?
  • Graduating this Spring?  Want to ensure your name will be printed in the Commencement Program?  See and Advisor no later than April 6 to fill out the graduation application. Make an appointment TODAY, before the quarter ends or call 206-934-5387.

Word of the Week: Matriculation – The first registration following admission for students earning transfer credits, degrees, or certificates.


Winter 2015 – Week 10:  De-Stressing

Check List: Cross’em off because the quarter is ending next week on Wednesday, March 26th! Quick Tip: Don't cram all of your studying into one night, check out these effective studying habits for the end of the quarter from Rasmussen College.

  • Have you turned in all of your required forms that applies to you like Financial Aid, Transfer Applications, Scholarship Applications, Veterans forms, etc...?
  • Have you caught up with all of your homework? Make arrangements now to complete and submit them!
  • Have you registered for classes and know how to pay for next quarter? Not sure what class to take or have questions about waitlists, make an appointment with an advisor.
  • Have you created a payment plan for next quarter?
  • Graduating this Spring?  Want to ensure your name will be printed in the Commencement Program?  See and Advisor no later than April 6 to fill out the graduation application. Make an appointment TODAY, before the quarter ends or call 206-934-5387.

Word of the Week: Matriculation – The first registration following admission for students earning transfer credits, degrees, or certificates.


Winter 2015 – Week 9:  Building Your Network

Make college fun by connecting with your classmates and instructors outside of the classroom. Tips on how to build your South network of friends and professional contacts.

  • Get to know your instructors, they might be the best people to ask for letters of recommendations or can connect you with an employer for a job.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with your classmates and instructors.
  • Use your Facebook and Twitter accounts like a marketing tool to showcase your academic and professional skills.
  • Getting to know your classmates will help motivate you to go to class.
  • FREE LUNCH! The Student Faculty Guest Meal Program is way to start a conversation with your instructor or advisor! Complete a form and follow the directions for an opportunity to get a free meal and mentorship time. 

Word of the Week: Internship – Gain work experience and/or academic credits while applying your classroom learning in a professional environment. Sign up for internships through the WorkSource Career Services Office in RSB 79. Come see a Career Specialist who can help you with the internship process from start to finish!


Winter 2015 – Week 8:  Get Involved on Campus

Get Involved on Campus. Did you know students who engage in on-campus activities like joining an interest club or participating in co-curricular events like workshops and lectures are more likely to be successful? Studies show that when students are actively engaged at school, their persistence and academic progress is higher. Here are tips on ways to get involved.

Word of the Week: United Student Association, U.S.A. - is the official student government of SSCC. This body consists of elected officers who represent student concerns to the college administration.


Winter 2015 – Week 7:  Balancing School & Life

Do you wonder where all of your time goes? Time management skills are essential in balancing your schoolwork and life.

  • Create a weekly schedule that includes hourly chunks for homework, reading and social time. See page 51 of the Student Handbook for tips on developing successful habits.
  • Don't procrastinate! Create a checklist of your weekly tasks. Tip: Add "submit your FAFSA" to the list, get your 1098-T online.
  • Be strategic! Save time by reusing your essays for multiple scholarships
  • Schedule your work hours so that you have enough time to get between classes. Don't forget to factor in pit-stops and other personal commitments. 
  • Need more tips and deadline notifications? Get GradGuru on your mobile device, it will keep you organized with South's deadlines in one place!

Word of the Week: Cover Letter - Job seekers frequently send a cover letter along with their curriculum vitae or application for employment as a way of introducing themselves to potential employers and explaining their suitability for the desired position.


Winter 2015 – Week 6:  Mid-Quarter Check-In

It's mid-quarter and time to plan for next quarter! Here's a check-in email to help you track a few important upcoming dates. Use this as a checklist to get a good start on Spring quarter deadlines. REMINDER all college campuses are CLOSED on Monday, February 16th for the President's Day holiday.

  • Search the online class schedule to prepare for Spring quarter registration. 
  • You can schedule Advising Appointments online and through My South! Spring quarter registration begins next Tuesday, February 17th. Don't wait, make an advising appointment today!
  • FACTS Payment Plan opens on Friday, February 17th for Spring quarter.
  • After you register, if you are receiving financial aid and taking less than 12 credits, provide a copy of your student schedule to the Financial Aid front counter, in the RSB lobby.

Word of the Week: Bachelor’s Degree - B.A., B.S. - Bachelor's degrees (or baccalaureate degrees) are granted by four-year colleges and universities.  They represent at least four years of full-time academic work, or a minimum of 180 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above.  See our baccalaureate offerings.
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Winter 2015 – Week 5:  Study Tips

More study tips to help you earn good grades and staying on your "A" game.

  • Reward yourself! Take a 10-minute break after 30-50 minutes of studying.
  • The best way to learn a concept is to explain it to a friend or someone else. A tutor is also a good listener, drop-in tutoring is available at our Tutoring Centers, RSB 12.
  • Some learners need a quiet place to study and some learn better with background noise. The library offers both environments.  Book a study room or find a spot in the commons.
  • An "A" paper requires time. Make sure to revise, edit and send it to a friend for review!
  • When in doubt, ASK - If you aren't sure about a particular topic, don't be shy. Ask your instructor, family, or friends for help. It is important to address the problem area as soon as possible.

Word of the Week: AANAPISI - Located on the second floor of the Library, Room 220, the AANAPISI Center is a great place to study, receive tutoring, academic advising, and other academic support services. The AANAPISI Center's services are to help Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, as well as ALL students at South Seattle College.


Winter 2015 – Week 4:  Workshops for Success

Come to our FREE workshops and learn about South's resources to help you earn your degree or certificate faster. Plan to attend these workshops for success!

  • Come to Financial Fridays, 1pm - 2pm in LIB 217,  to learn about Scholarships, FAFSA & WASFA, and other financial topics. Get great tips on the application process and upcoming deadlines.
  • Not sure what to major in? Sign-up for an Undecided Student Workshop.
  • Start planning your path to a Bachelor's degree now!  Come to a one-hour Transfer Tuesday workshop.  Locations vary: see the calendar for more details.
  • Don't forget, Foundation Scholarship Applications will be available in early February.  Apply online.

Word of the Week:  Degree Audit - an online tool to track your progress in your degree program of study.


Winter 2015 – Week 3: How Advising Works at South

Knowing what classes to take, when to take them and planning for future quarters are keys to your academic success. Learn how our Advising office can help you reach your goals quicker and more efficiently!

  • Did you know there are many services that our Advisors can help you with? Get educational planning, walk-in advising, college transfer information, ask about programs and degrees and more!
  • Schedule an appointment today! It's easy, book in advance by calling 206-934-5387 or schedule online.  You can also stop by RSB 11 to request an appointment in person.
  • Got a quick question? Send it to advisorsouth@seattlecolleges.edu and receive a response within two business days.  Make sure to include your name and your student ID number.
  • Before you drop a course, see an Advisor or your Instructor! January 23 is the last day to withdraw with 50% refund.
  • NEW this quarter!  There is an online Education Planning tool available through MySouth.  Login with your SID and PIN. It is very important to consult with an academic advisor or counselor to ensure your education plan will work to help you achieve your goals.  Before you start creating an Education Plan, confirm your remaining degree requirements by running a Degree Audit.

Word of the Week:  Advising Center - The Advisors moved to RSB 11 this Summer.  In the Advising Center you can get help with course selection, education planning, transfer planning and other academic concerns.
Bonus Tip!  It's Transfer Week at South!  There are workshops every day this week to give you hands-on help with your application to a 4-year college or university.  Visit the Transfer Resources page for more information.


Winter 2015 – Week 2:  Quick Guide to Student Services

Check it Out! A Quick Guide to our offices, Student Services is located in RSB, each office has it's own check-in station. We offer a range of support services and resources to help with your academic success. REMINDER: all college campuses are CLOSED on Monday, January 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.

  • Registration, Registrar, Enrollment: The people you need to see for signing up for classes, dropping classes or need to make corrections on your transcripts. They do not help select classes, but the Advising office does.
  • Cashiers, Cashier’s Office, FACTS: The people you need to see to make payments or set-up a payment plan. They cannot answer questions about your financial aid award, but the Financial Aid office can.
  • Advisor, Advising, Educational Planning: The people who can help you choose classes and help you plan out your academic program.  Now located in RS 11.
  • Financial Aid, FAFSA, Federal Aid: This office is where you submit your financial aid application and forms, they can help answer questions about the awards you receive. Check-in at the RSB Lobby, Financial Aid front-desk.
  • Counselors: The people who can help you sort out personal, educational or career goals. Make an appointment with a counselor by stopping by the information desk in the RSB Lobby or by calling 206-934-6409.

Word of the Week:  My South - The student portal where you can register for classes, update your contact information, track your degree progress, and schedule advising appointments, among other things.
Bonus Tip! Need money for college or have questions about financial aid? Come to the College Goal Washington - FAFSA & WASFA Filing Event on February 11th from 9am to 8pm in LIB 217/219.  Get one-on-one help from Finanial Aid staff.  Anyone who participates will be entered into a raffle for prizes!


Are you Job Hunting? Let the WorkSource Office help you find a job! Here are steps on How to Navigate our Online Student Job Board, sign-up today! Keep reading to the end, there is a special request for you to give us feedback about Tuesday Tips!

  • New User? REGISTER by entering your contact information and field of study/major.
  • Once you register, you will receive an email within 1-2 days confirming that you are approved and you can begin browsing the jobs and internships listed on the site.
  • Search Jobs by “Post Date” to see which jobs and internships were posted most recently.
  • Visit the Employer Directory to learn about which companies have expressed interest in hiring Seattle Community College students.
  • Upload your Resume to the Job Board for employers to see. Need resume help? See the calendar for dates when Resume Workshops are offered.
  • Internships can be used as credit toward an academic degree, give you skills and experiences to add to your resume, help you network, explore different careers,  and often lead to jobs!  Drop by the worksource office or call 206-934-5328 to meet with an Embedded Career Specialist and get started on your internship.

Word of the WeekEducational Plan - An educational plan is a road map toward a college degree and an outline of the coursework required to complete an educational goal/program of study. Working with an advisor, students develop an educational plan using degree planning sheets. This plan takes into consideration factors such as course sequences, personal timelines and four-year admission and transfer major deadlines and requirements.


Winter 2015 - Welcomet to Winter Quarter!

Hit the ground running, check your Tuesday Tips weekly to get important information, deadlines and resources.  Free to your inbox every Tuesday! You can refer to the Tuesday Tips archive page for past tips.

  • Tuition is now due at the time of registration, pay now to avoid getting dropped! The FACTS payment plan is still open until Friday, January 9th.
  • If you need to drop a course, withdraw by Friday, January 9th to receive 100% refund.
  • South Seattle College Foundation Scholarships Application Period opens ends on February 2nd.  Students who are currently enrolled in at least 12 credits may apply.   Scholarships provide up to 3 quarters of prepaid tuition.  Awards are based on factors such as academic merit, financial need, program of study and school and community involvement.
  • Check My Status, login in to your Financial Aid portal to view your award and any additional messages from the Financial Aid Office. Don't forget to apply for FAFSA for the next school year!
  • To get quick answers to questions about campus resources, send an email to infosouth@seattlecolleges.edu.  Emails will be answered within one business day.
  • IT Services has upgraded the Wi-Fi and the new network name is xSouthWirelessNetwork.  If you need help logging in for the first time, please see a lab assistant in the library.  They are here to help!
Word of the Week: Syllabus - An outline or brief statement of the main points of a text, lecture or course of study.  (Suggestion: Keep your course syllabus for reference. It is useful for a credential evaluator when transferring to another college or university.)

Fall 2014 – Week 11:  Stay Connected Through Break

Stay Connected Through Break! This is a time to relax but also prepare for the next quarter or the next steps in your career pathway. Use the break to write out your resume or gather your books for your classes.

  • The college campus will be open during break except for holiday closures on 12/24, 12/25 and 1/1. Departments and offices may be open limited hours during the break, please call ahead for hours.
  • Winter quarter starts on January 5, 2015. Need to sign-up for classes next quarter? It’s not too late, enroll today!
  • Get your funding ready for next year, the 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available January 1, 2015!
  • Tweet us about your plans for break! @SouthSeattleCC
  • Follow us on our Facebook page to see what South students are up to.
  • Good luck on finals this week and we'll see you in the New Year!

Word of the Week:  e-Learning - Courses that are a part of our Distance Learning program and usually does not require a campus visit. Ocassionally, a course may require a campus visit for an orientation or for a proctored exam.


Fall 2014 – Week 10: Ways to Keep Calm & Focus On

Ways to Keep Calm and Focus On. With the holidays approaching this is a reminder that all campuses will be closed on Thursday & Friday of this week, November 27th & 28th. Take time to de-stress and practice self-care with these tips.

  • Stay healthy & well. Exercising, eating healthy and improving your sleep schedules are ways to promote healthy living.
  • Start your day with breakfast like an apple, yogurt or banana. Even small, on-the-go foods can help start your day out right.
  • Don't have time to exercise? Check-out the Fitness Center on campus.
  • Get to know what nourishes your mind, body and soul. Can a Counselor help you sort out your stressors?
  •  Tweet us @SouthSeattleCC your De-Stressing Tip!

Word of the Week:  Counselor - Faculty with Master's degrees in counseling. They help students identify and achieve educational, career and personal goals. Make an appointment by phone: 206-934-6684


Fall 2014 – Week 9:  Money Matters in College

Money Matters in College: Tips on Saving and Budgeting in College

  • Tuition for Winter quarter is due December 8th, take advantage of the FACTS Payment Plan now by breaking up your tuition payments into manageable amounts. Enroll now through January 9th; the earlier you enroll the less your initial payment will be.
  • Plan ahead and create a budget for your monthly expenses. Stick to your plans and see your monthly savings grow from pennies to dollars. Watch this video to see how one student creates their budget.
  • Find your textbooks for next quarter's classes and get an estimate of how much they will cost through our bookstore. Remember, there are other options on where to buy your books like: purchasing them online, sign-up for the book exchange program, borrow a book from a friend or look-out for postings on campus bulletin boards.
  • Save a portion of your paycheck for emergencies like car problems, medical expenses and other unexpected things. Start a Savings Calculator to see how little changes can make a difference.
  • Let Worker Retraining (RS 81) help you pay for training and gain employment! Employment security specialists can help with your job search, unemployment questions, skills assessment, and other concerns relating to Employment Security. You must sign up to attend an orientation: http://www.startnextquarter.org   Please call with any questions: 206-934-6748   
  • Worker Retraining Eligibility:  Currently receiving Washington state unemployment benefits or unemployment benefits have been exhausted within the last 24 months, in danger of becoming laid off, used to be self-employed, displaced homemakers, or individuals in jeopardy of losing employment because of lack of skills or need to upgrade skills. 

Word of the Week:  SALT - This is an online resource for money management and financial coaching information. Make sure to select South Seattle Community College when you sign-up to get full access!


Fall 2014 – Week 8: Workshops on Campus

We offer resources to help you along your path in your degree or certificate program. FREE workshops on FAFSA, Scholarships, Transfers, Majors, for Undecided Students and Leadership! Financial Fridays and Tuesday Transfers are happening every week.

  • Transfer events and workshops are held every Tuesday, check the calendar for times, locations and topics!
  • Join a Financial Friday Workshop, 1pm - 2pm in LIB 217,  to learn about Scholarships and FAFSA, get great tips on the application process, upcoming deadlines and other financial resources.
  • The Undecided Student Workshop will introduce you to the steps in the career and education decision-making process.  Sign-up early to reserve your spot and get times and locations.
  • Perk up your leadership skills, come to a Leadership Workshop.
  • Community Based Organizations (CBO) provide assistance to help guide current and potential students in completing their educational goals. Learn more about this program and answer a few questions on this webpage to see if you may qualify or come to the WorkSource Front Desk, RSB 79.

Word of the Week:  Dean’s List – Generally, student must have 10 or more credits/quarter at the college they are currently attending and a 3.5 quarterly GPA.


Fall 2014 – Week 7:  Getting Involved

Get Involved on Campus. Did you know students who engage in on-campus activities like joining an interest club or participating in co-curricular events like workshops and lectures are more likely to be successful? Studies show that when students are actively engaged at school, their persistence and academic progress is higher. Here are tips on ways to get involved.

Word of the Week:  Student Life - Student Life is a network of departments committed to providing meaningful services, activities and communications that build community; ensure academic success; encourage creative expression, personal growth, and well-being; foster diversity and social justice; and promote student advocacy and leadership.
Missed a Tuesday Tip? Don't worry they are now available on our Tuesday Tips Archives page.


Fall 2014 – Week 6:  Mid-Quarter Check-in

  • Check the online class schedule to start planning for your Winter quarter classes. Registration begins next Monday, November 3rd for returning students!
  • Have you checked your registration appointment to make sure you have no blocks and confirm your time? Ensuring that you have a registration appointment and registering online will help you bypass all of the lines in the office.
  • Know what classes are left in your program and track your progress with Degree Audit!
  • After you register, if you are receiving financial aid and taking less than 12 credits, provide a copy of your student schedule to the Financial Aid front counter.

Word of the Week:   Academic Calendar - The calendar year that includes the school year dates starting from summer through spring quarters of each year. Academic calendars list all important dates and deadlines for the school year.


Fall 2014 – Week 5:  Quick Guide to Student Services

Check it Out! A Quick Guide to our offices, Student Services is located in RSB, each office has check-in station in the lobby. We offer a range of support services and resources to help with your academic success.

  • Registration, Registrar, Enrollment: The people you need to see for signing up for classes, dropping classes or need to make corrections on your transcripts. They do not help select classes, but the Advising Center does.
  • Advisor, Advising, Educational Planning: The people who can help you choose classes and help you plan out your academic program.  Now located in the new Advising Center in RSB 11.
  • Cashiers, Cashier’s Office, FACTS: The people you need to see to make payments or set-up a payment plan. They cannot answer questions about your financial aid award, but the Financial Aid office can.
  • Financial Aid, FAFSA, Federal Aid: This office is where you submit your financial aid application and forms, they can help answer questions about the awards you receive. Check-in at the RSB Lobby, Financial Aid front-desk.
  • Counselors: The people who can help you sort out personal, educational or career goals. Make an appointment with a counselor by phone: 206-934-5387.

Word of the Week:   Work-Study – The opportunity to earn part of one’s education costs while attending college.  Work-study allocations are typically based on financial need.


Fall 2014 – Week 4:  Study Tips

Study tips to help you earn good grades and staying on your "A" game.

  • Reward yourself! Take a 10-minute break after 30-50 minutes of studying.
  • The best way to learn a concept is to explain it to a friend or someone else. A tutor is also a good listener, drop-in tutoring is available at our Tutoring Centers, RSB 12.
  • Some learners need a quiet place to study and some learn better with background noise. The library offers both environments, book a study room or find a spot in the commons.
  • An "A" paper requires time. Make sure to revise, edit and send it to a friend for review.  Visit the Writing Center in LIB 205.

Word of the Week: Transfer Center – Located in RSB 66, the Transfer Center is new to South this Fall, opening on October 15th.  The space is open to all South students and will have transfer information and visits from university representatives.  It is located in the same space as the TRiO Tutoring Center.


Fall 2014 – Week 3:  Planning Your Education

Got plans after South? If you are thinking about transferring to a four-year university or looking for tips on your next steps to achieving your career or educational goal, read on...   

Word of the Week: Direct Transfer Agreement – The associate degree that a two-year college has defined as meeting the guidelines that enable transfer with priority admission to a four-year college or university.


Fall 2014 – Week 2:  Scholarships and Financial Resources

Apply now for a South Foundation Scholarship. All full-time students are eligible to apply.

  • Fall scholarship application deadline is 10/27/14.   Apply online now! Questions? Stop by the Advancement Office, RSB01.
  • South offers workshops on a variety of financial topics including scholarships, FAFSA & WASFA completion, loans,  SALT, and more. Workshops are held most Fridays from 1-2pm in Library 217. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information, or check the campus calendar.
  • Protect your privacy and use precaution when disposing of documents containing information about your student record.  Garbage and recycling bins in public areas are not a secure way to discard your documents.
  • Don’t forget to follow South Seattle College on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up on everything from important dates during the quarter to notification on special events, opportunities around campus and the ever-popular “Faces of South” student and faculty profiles.  And just in case there’s a snow day or any other emergency information we need to share, Facebook and Twitter are ideal ways to stay up-to-date in real time.

WORD OF THE WEEK:  Higher One Card – The OneAccount is a fully functioning checking account that allows you to access your Financial Aid disbursements quicker and easier. There are no monthly fees associated with the account, but please be aware that there are for carrying a balance below $100, using off-campus ATMS or making PIN-based purchases.


Fall 2014 – Week 1:  Welcome to Fall Quarter

Get all of South’s IMPORTANT DATES and INFORMATION in Tuesday Tips, a weekly email to your inbox!

Word of the Week:  Hybrid Class - At South, students taking hybrid classes participate both online and in regularly scheduled face-to-face sessions.  For many students, this kind of flexible schedule provides the freedom needed to balance education with a busy life outside of school.  


Summer 2014 - Week 8: Stay Connected to South

Check List: Cross’em off because the quarter is ending next week on Friday, August 22nd! Quick Tip: Find a study buddy for finals or drop-in one of the tutoring centers for extra help.

  • There are great classes still open, check our online class schedule! Make sure to register and pay for next quarter classes, avoid getting dropped and pay attention to tuition deadlines!
  • Make sure all of your assignments are turned in and talk with your instructors if you think you are failing.
  • Make plans to return borrowed or rented books. Don't forget to get your textbooks for next quarter.
  • Fall quarter starts on Monday, September 22nd and tuition is due by Monday, August 25th.
  • Grades are available on Thursday, August 28th. View Your Grades/Unofficial Transcript on MySouth.

Word of the Week: S.T.E.M. - an acronymn that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. S.T.E.M. is generally used when referring to these academic programs or fields of study.


Summer 2014 - Week 7: Wrapping-up Summer and Preparing for Fall

Check List: Cross’em off because the quarter is ending next week on Friday, August 22nd! Quick Tip: Find a study buddy for finals or drop-in one of the tutoring centers for extra help.

  • There are great classes still open, check our online class schedule! Make sure to register and pay for next quarter classes, avoid getting dropped and pay attention to tuition deadlines!
  • Make sure all of your assignments are turned in and talk with your instructors if you think you are failing.
  • Make plans to return borrowed or rented books. Don't forget to get your textbooks for next quarter.
  • Fall quarter starts on Monday, September 22nd and tuition is due by Monday, August 25th.
  • Grades are available on Thursday, August 28th. View Your Grades/Unofficial Transcript on MySouth.

Word of the Week: S.T.E.M. - an acronymn that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. S.T.E.M. is generally used when referring to these academic programs or fields of study.


Summer 2014 - Week 6: Stress Management

Don't Burn-Out! There's only 2 more weeks until Summer quarter ends. Here's Five Common Stressors to watch out for and tips on how to deal with them.

  • Feeling like there is too much to do and too little time? Start a check-list and complete the easiest task first but also keep in mind your priorities and deadlines.
  • Are your family, work, finances or other external stressors keeping you from staying focused? Address these issues individually and develop a plan to minimize your stress levels. 
  • Are you waiting until the last minute to do your final projects, papers and assignments? Stop procrastinating, now is the time to reevaluate your schedule, adjust your priorities and kick into gear. Talk to your instructors if you really need more time.
  • You are not alone! Talk to a friend, a classmate or someone you trust about what's stressing you out at the moment.
  • Can't bear the stress? See one of our Counselors for a personal appointment if you are having difficulty focusing, "feeling down" or have conflict in your life, the Counseling webpage has a list of example topics. Counselors are trained in career, educational and personal counseling.

Word of the Week: Audit - Students attending classes as a listener or “auditor” without the obligation of doing the required work and without receiving credit. Tuition, however, is the same as credit classes.


Summer 2014 - Week 5: Building Your Network

Make college fun by connecting with your classmates and instructors outside of the classroom. Tips on how to build your South network of friends and professional contacts.

  • Get to know your instructors, they might be the best people to ask for letters of recommendations or can connect you with an employer for a job.
  • Invite your favorite instructor or advisor to the Let's do Lunch Program. Pick-up a form at Student Life in JMB 135, ask your instructor to sign, and turn it in to Romie Ho in Student Life to receive a FREE $30 meal ticket to use at any of our on-campus eateries (Café Alki or Alhadeff Grill).
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with your classmates and instructors. See the WorkSource Workshop Calendar for the next Social Media workshop.
  • Use your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts like a marketing tool to showcase your academic and professional skills.
  • Get to know your classmates these last few weeks. Form a study group or become friends outside of the classroom. 

Word of the Week: Georgetown Campus - One of South Seattle College's campuses that houses the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center, Apprentice and Education Center and the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.


Summer 2014 - Week 4: Mid-Quarter Check-in & Fall Quarter Prep

It's mid-quarter and time to plan for the next steps! Here's a check-in email to help you track a few important upcoming dates. Use this as a checklist to get a good start on Fall quarter deadlines. Fall quarter starts on Monday, September 22nd.

  • Don't know what to take next quarter?  Schedule an Advising appointment online, by phone 206-934-5387 or drop-in for a quick appointment, RSB Lobby.
  • The Fall quarter tuition deadline for previously registered students is Monday, August 25th. Pay online to secure your class!
  • Need to start a payment plan for Fall quarter tuition? The FACTS Payment Plan is still open, enroll in a plan by this Friday, July 25th and put 30% down payment with 4 additional payments through November 5th.
  • Know what classes are left in your program. Track your progress with Degree Audit!
  • It's never too early to buy your books for Fall quarter! Start looking for textbooks now from the Bookstore or sell back your used books. Also find great deals for used books through your peers, online, or the textbook exchange wall in the Library!

Word of the Week: Prerequisite - The requirement(s) that must be met before a student may enroll in a particular course
or program. A prerequisite might be completion of a given class before enrollment in a more advanced
class, or a satisfactory score on a placement test.


Summer 2014 - Week 3: Be Financially Savvy this Summer

Summer is a great time of year to soak up the sun, travel, and party. There are a lot of ways to do this on a budget or for free. Planning ahead for a trip and researching for great deals can help you save hundreds of dollars.  Here are some tips and lists of ways to save money this summer.

  • There’s only one thing better than getting a good price on something, and that’s getting it for free. Check out these great deals.
  • Good and Cheap is a tasty collection of recipes for those on a budget. Impress your friends with these amazing dishes at your next BBQ. Download a Free recipe book today!
  • Join us every Wednesday @ 1:00pm in LIB 217 to learn more about financial aid, student loans, budgeting and more. Check out the workshop schedule today!
  • Need help with budgeting, saving, or mapping out your financial future? Stop by the WorkSource office, Main Campus RSB 79 and Georgetown Campus Building B #124, for FREE financial counseling every Thursday & Friday from 9:00 -4:00pm.
  • Sign up for SALT! SALT is an online financial empowerment tool to help you become financially savvy. Check it out today!

Word of the Week:  Financial Literacy - You're money savvy, or the knowledge you have about money—specifically budgeting, financial planning, saving, managing debt, and investing.


Summer 2014 - Week 2: 5 Tips for Surviving Summer Quarter

with 50% refund. Speak to Financial Aid to make sure you don't owe a repayment. 

  • #1 Stay ahead on your readings and preparations for class. It's easy to get distracted by the sun and summertime fun, (trust us) being academically prepared is worth it!
  • #2 Take advantage of the tutors on campus. Check to see if one of our Tutoring Centers fit your needs, hours are posted on their webpage. Don't forget that the Library has check-out rooms for small-groups.
  • #3 Bring snacks and stay hydrated throughout the day. This will help boost your energy levels in class.
  • #4 Go at your own pace and don't categorize yourself! Manage your time according to your schedule.
  • #5 In between classes, take a quick trip to nearby Alki Beach Park to toss a frisbee, play some beach volleyball, or just unwind. When you come back to campus, you will be refreshed and ready for class!

Word of the Week: ORCA Card - is a transit pass that is accepted by several transit systems like King Country Metro buses and Sound Transit. Students enrolled in 10 credits or more can purchase an ORCA card at a discounted price. See the cashiers for information.


Summer 2014 - Week 1: Welcome to Summer Quarter

South welcomes you to Summer Quarter! Check your Tuesday Tips weekly email to get important information, deadlines and resources. FREE to your inbox every Tuesday! REMINDER: It's a short week, all college campuses are closed this Friday, July 4th for Independence Day. 

  • Student Services is running on summer quarter hours, Mondays - Thursdays, 8:00am - 4:30pm and Fridays, 9:00am - 1:00pm.  
  • Tuition is now due at the time of registration, pay online to avoid getting dropped! The FACTS Payment Plan is still open until Thursday, July 3rd (pay 50% now and the other half later).
  • If you need to drop a course, withdraw by Thursday, July 3rd to receive 100% refund. Speak to Financial Aid, RSB 053, to make sure you don't owe a repayment.  
  • Looking for a Summer class? Browse through the list of great classes still open this summer on the class schedule
  • Driving to campus? Buy your parking permit online. Taking the bus? See bus routes that bring you onto campus.

Word of the Week: Down Payment (referring to tuition) - The part of tuition that is paid up front which reduces the amount of future payments. 


Spring 2014 - BREAK

Top 5 reasons why students get dropped from courses. Avoid getting dropped from your class and READ this!

  • # 1 Tuition is not paid by the deadline. Be sure you know our Payment Policy for Tuition  and Fees. Contact our Registration Department for more information. Check your schedule to be sure your tuition has been paid.
  • #2 Your financial aid is not ready to pay. Check the financial aid portal to see your status. Check your schedule to be sure your financial aid is reflected in your amount due. Contact Financial Aid immediately if questions or concerns.
  • #3 A third party is paying for your tuition. Be sure your paperwork has been submitted to ensure it is processed in a timely matter. Questions? Contact the Work Force Retraining Office.   
  • #4 Were  you on a waitlist? Avoid getting dropped and pay for that class immediately once you are enrolled. Can’t get into a class? Secure a back-up plan and consider one of the great classes still open (select “show open classes only” on the top right).
  • #5 "I forgot to pay." We get it. As a student you're juggling lots of things. Be sure to re-enroll and make it a priority to pay online TODAY to ensure your spot in class and to prevent being dropped. 

Word of the Week: ORCA card - is a transit pass that is accepted by several transit systems like King Country Metro buses and Sound Transit. Students enrolled in 10 credits or more can purchase an ORCA card at a discounted price. See the cashiers for information.


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