The Center School

Career Center

Seattle Promise

About Seattle Promise

Seattle Promise launched in 2018 to create more equitable higher education opportunities for Seattle public school graduates.

The program is a promise to:

  • Guide students onto a direct path from high school to college to earn a degree or certificate and enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university;
  • Boost career opportunities for all students, especially first-generation and under-served populations; and,
  • Prepare students to participate in our region’s vibrant workforce and economy without taking on overwhelming debt.

The program provides the first two years (or up to 90 credits) of tuition, additional financial support for books, transportation, housing, etc. to those with financial need, and personal guidance to succeed in college.

All Seattle public high school graduates are eligible regardless of grade point average (GPA), income, or country of birth.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the Promise Application by February 16, 2024
  2. Submit College Admission Application (North, South, or Central) by February 16, 2024
  3. Submit FAFSA and WASFA Applications by April 30, 2024

Need assistance with any of the applications? 

Attend an upcoming application workshop where facilitators will walk you through the application process step-by-step. 


Seattle Promise Milestones will help you keep track of what you need to do! 

Seattle Promise Milestones  Apply 1 Complete Seattle Promise Application 2 Complete admissions 3 Complete financial aid application  Prepare 4 Participate in Readiness Academy 5 Graduate from Seattle Public High School 6 Participatr in Summer Bridge  Start Start as a first yeare Promise scholar 8 Complete financial aid application and class registration for second year 9 Start as a second year promise scholar  Graduate 10 Graduate and begin your career or bachelor's degree program