Shoreline Community College is dedicated to ensuring students are financially prepared to attend college. The college has been proactive in financial assistance programs and services to meet the growing need and demand.
Financial Aid applications are still being accepted for 2009-2010. Students are asked to prepare early by allowing up to 12 weeks to process financial aid from the date a file is complete. A completed file includes the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA), the college data sheet, and any additional documentation if a student is selected by FAFSA for verification. Although, the college is still accepting financial aid applications, we are past the deferment date (which places a hold on tuition until financial aid can be processed for Winter 2010). As always, students are asked to make alternative plans to pay for college.
With the effort of many college employees for over a year, the college is excited to offer students a new comprehensive payment plan option. This payment plan is linked to a student’s bank account and allows for several installments through a third party vendor (Nelnet). While there is still a small fee, students will have greater flexibility than the previous payment plan option.
The college has several other financial assistance programs and service options through the Foundation, Worker Retraining (funds have been allocated for this year), Opportunity Grant, WorkFirst, and BFET, as well as short-term loans available through the Women’s and Multicultural Center.
Additionally, the college has created a wonderful new Service Learning program for which students are helping other students complete the FAFSA throughout the year. Again, this program took many employees to build, train the students, and implement in a short amount of time.
Student Success is achievable through academic preparation, open access, support services, and through intentional financial planning. Please ensure our students are prepared by reinforcing this message with them.