Turning academic dreams into reality

Financial Aid For Education provides full-tuition scholarships and books to students enrolled in King County public colleges and vocational/technical schools who are not eligible for other forms of financial support. We support up to 20 students at the same time, and applications are accepted year-round.

Since 1967, Assistance League of Seattle has helped more than 450 students turn their academic dreams into reality through Financial Aid for Education.

Most of our scholarship recipients are non-traditional students who are pursuing their education in their late 20s, 30s, 40s. One of our policies is that they must qualify for in-state tuition rates and enroll in a program located in King County, which is a direct investment in our future workforce in the greater Puget Sound region. We currently support 18 students simultaneously.

We are thrilled to partner with TRiO Student Support Services and Open Doors for Multicultural Families, which refer students to Financial Aid for Education.

Financial Aid for Education Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must reside in King County and have established residency for in-state tuition per the school’s residency requirements.
  2. Must not be receiving other financial aid.
  3. Must carry a minimum of 10 credits per quarter (a different timeframe for a specific course requirement may be considered).
  4. Must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (required to submit an official transcript of grades).
  5. Must not have any advanced degrees (i.e. BA, BS, MBA, etc).
  6. Must complete and submit the required application form, obtain and submit 3 recommendations, and write a brief personal statement about his or her circumstances and goals.
  7. If approved, must participate in a brief interview with program representatives.

Scholarships are granted quarterly.

Financial Aid for Education FAQs

Questions? Email us at assistanceleagueofseattle@gmail.com

Download the Financial Aid for Education Scholarship Application.

Donate to Financial Aid for Education

Whether you prefer a recurring monthly contribution or a one-time donation, you are changing the life of a disadvantaged student in Seattle. Thank you!

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Thank you to our grantors that support Financial Aid for Education!

KeyBank Foundation
Norcliffe Foundation

Financial Aid for Education partnership

The TRiO Program at Seattle College helps students of low income, who are first generation college students, veterans, and/or disabled. Project Finish Line, whose coaches are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, re-engages students who are close to finishing their associates or technical/vocational degrees. Coaches prioritize services to underrepresented minority and low-income students who are experiencing opportunity gaps. Through our Financial Aid for Education philanthropy, AL Seattle empowers these students by helping meet needs so they can complete their degree.

Thoughts from Current FAFE Scholarship Recipients

Dear Assistance League of Seattle,

I am still in disbelief that Assistance League of Seattle awarded me this opportunity and I feel very blessed. Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to meet with me. I will do my very best in school. Thanks again for believing in me and helping me to pursue an education.

– Sean K.

Dear Assistance League of Seattle,

When I first transferred to Bellevue College, I was faced with so many challenges in my personal and academic life. Assistance League of Seattle was so understanding of my situation. Despite my constant struggles, Assistance League of Seattle and its members gave me the chance to better myself and to prove that their help was not in vain.

I did achieve all my goals at Bellevue College, but I didn’t do it alone. WE achieved my success at Bellevue College together. You and I worked hard for my accomplishments and for my diploma. So, Financial Aid for Education played a major role in my academic success. Without Assistance League and its wonderful and dedicated people, I am not sure I would have made it this far… Your role in my life was very important and I will always be very grateful that I was awarded such a great scholarship.

– Monica M.