SPace available to Respond to the Unemployed through College Education


The SPRUCE Program allows tuition and fee waivers for long-term unemployed individuals to enroll in classes at TCC as long as there is space available. The program works to help discouraged workers reestablish themselves as contributing members of the community.

How Does SPRUCE Help?

If you are eligible for SPRUCE, you may receive the following benefits:

  • Waived tuition for registered classes
  • Assistance with textbook costs

Assistance is not guaranteed, and is dependent on available funds each quarter.

Eligibility Requirements

The SPRUCE Program eligibility requirements established by the Washington State Legislature are that an individual:

  • Is a resident of Washington state
  • Is 21 years old or older
  • Has not attended college or community college for the previous 6 months
  • Is not receiving or eligible to receive unemployment compensation
  • Has been unemployed or underemployed, as evidenced by the following income qualifications for the previous 6 months
  • Has a monthly household income at or below the following:
# of people in household $ Monthly household income # of people in household $ Monthly household income
1 $1,962 6 $5,429
2 $2,655 7 $6,122
3 $3,349 8 $6,815
4 $4,042 9 $7,509
5 $4,735 10 $8,20

All of the requirements apply as of the first day of classes for the quarter for which the person wishes to enroll.

How to Enroll

The EOC (Educational Opportunity Center), a local social service agency, screens prospective program participants for eligibility and refers them to TCC.

If you would like to apply for space in the SPRUCE Program, contact MaryBeth McCarthy at 253.566.5063 to begin the process.

Course Requirements & Restrictions

SPRUCE students may not register for non-credit classes, or audit a class (take a class with no grade reported).

Financial Aid

During your first quarter on the SPRUCE Program, you should apply for Federal Financial Aid through the Financial Aid Office located in Bldg. 14.


Are You Eligible for SPRUCE? 

Take this quick online survey and find out! 


Any Other Questions?

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