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College Bound Scholarship

Welcome to your future, College Bound Scholars!

The College Bound Scholarship program encourages low-income, middle school students to choose a path that will lead to education success after high school. The program promises tuition (at public instutition rates) and a small books allowance for income-eligible students who signed up in the 7th or 8th grade, worked hard in school (graduated with a 2.0 GPA), stayed out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institituion when they graduate.

Are you a College Bound Scholarship senior planning to attend Tacoma Community College next fall? If so, here is a list of steps you should complete by the end of June. If you wait until the end of summer, you may not get the classes you want or the financial aid you need. Also, placement test results will be more accurate if you take them during or just after high school.

So plan ahead. Then you can enjoy your summer knowing you are all set to begin college in the fall.

Steps to Go to College

Step 1: Apply (fall or winter of Senior year)

  • Online. Fill out the application
  • In-person. Visit the Enrollment Services counter, Bldg. 7.
  • By phone. Call 253.566.5325.
  • By mail. Call 253.566.5325 to request an application.
    Send to Tacoma Community College, Enrollment Services,
    6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466.

Step 2: Submit your FAFSA
The FAFSA application opens Jan. 1 every year and is due by the priority deadline, below. The sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better chance you have of actually claiming your scholarship. You do not need finalized tax information to submit your FAFSA, and you don’t want to wait, either!

  • SAVE time! Create a PIN (4-digit number) for yourself (and a parent if needed) so you can electronically sign your FAFSA. Visit www.pin.ed.gov
  • GO to www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a free form. Do not pay if any site tries to charge you money--you're on the wrong website!
  • CHECK email one week after submitting the FAFSA. If something is missing, they will only contact you by email.

It is in your best interest to complete the FAFSA by the Feb. 1 priority deadline or you risk not receiving a full financial aid award. For TCC, the priority financial aid deadline is listed below and it is very important College Bound scholars meet that deadline. You may begin completing your FAFSA anytime after Jan. 1 for fall admission. You will need your parent/guardian’s most recent tax return to complete the FAFSA. Indicate that you want your FAFSA sent to:

  • Tacoma Community College: 003796

Step 3: Complete the College Financial Aid Process

  • LOOK for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail/email. It will arrive within two weeks of completing the FAFSA. Read it carefully and be sure the info is correct. If you do not receive your SAR, call the Dept. of Education at 1.800.4.FEDAID to check your status.
  • RESPOND quickly to any requests for information. Your chance to get the best money possible depends on how promptly you meet requests.
  • COMPLETE the TCC Financial Aid Data Sheet online.
  • Check your Financial Aid Portal for what's missing, if anything

If your financial aid process is not complete by the fall quarter financial aid deadline, you may either have to pay for fall quarter tuition out of pocket and receive reimbursement when your aid eligibility is determined and finalized, or you can wait until winter quarter to start. If the deadline below has passed, continue completing your file and periodically check with the financial aid office on your status.

Priority and Fall Quarter Financial Aid Completion Deadlines
(check financial aid websites in January for exact dates)

  • Fall 2014 Priority Funding Deadline: March 13, 2014
  • Fall 2014 Quarter FINAL Deadline: May 8, 2014
  • Missed a deadline? Complete all steps anyway ASAP! It may not be too late for College Bound Scholars...

Step 4: Take ACCUPLACER placement Test
Students must take the Accuplacer placement test. All College Bound Scholarship students are STRONGLY advised to take the Accuplacer Prep Workshop prior to taking the Accuplacer test to ensure a more accurate placement. Go to Assessment for information about the workshop and the Accuplacer test. Be sure to bring your placement scores with you to your orientation session (step 5, below). If you took your ACCUPLACER test at your local high school, you will definitely need to bring a copy of your scores with you to campus so your scores can be entered into our computer system. You won't be able to register for classes without placement!

Step 5: Sign up for Orientation, and Attend Orientation
All new students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend an early new student advising & orientation (NSAO), because classes are first come, first served--and the sooner you attend orientation the better your choices of classes. Visit the orientation page AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (as early as mid-April) to sign up for your orientation and for information about different orientation options.

Students should bring their Accuplacer test results and high school/AP transcript/SAT scores with them when attending their new student advising & orientation. You will have a chance to talk with an advisor at that time.

Step 6: Register for Classes (at your Orientation)
At your new student advising & orientation session, advisors will help you develop an academic plan and teach you how to register for fall classes. You must be registered for classes before you will be reviewed for financial aid/College Bound scholarship. Review available classes on TCC's Class Schedule.

Step 7: Finalize the Financial Aid Process (July/August)
You will receive a financial aid award letter from the college once you have completed steps 1, 2 and 3. Contact the financial aid office or the Outreach office if you have any questions. You may not see a “College Bound Scholarship” on your award letter until September.

Note: If you have met all College Bound Scholarship criteria, the award will cover the tuition and fees (based on public college rates) that are not covered by other state financial aid awards, this includes a small book allowance.

Step 8: Contact your College Bound Advocate (ASAP!)
Be sure to connect with Margaret Robinson, your college bound advocate and best ally, during your time here on TCC's campus. She needs to hear from every College Bound student. Reach her today at mrobinson@tacomacc.edu or at 253.566.5356, and she'll make sure you get the support you need to succeed!


Additional Information - Provided from the Washington Student Achievement Council Website

Questions & Answers

Income Eligibility Table

Medium Family Income for CBS

For additional information the Washington Student Achievement Council is the main contact for the College Bound Scholarship

Your TCC contact for College Bound scholar questions is Margaret Robinson, mrobinson@tacomacc.edu, your College Bound advocate.

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