Get help paying for school
We know that paying for your education can be a challenge. That’s where Highline Community College can help. We offer various funding options to help pay for college, including:
Federal, state financial aidYour eligibility for federal and state financial aid including grants, certain loans and work study is based on your FAFSA application.
The funds do not have to be paid back—unless you fail to meet the conditions of the award.
These funds must be paid back.
- For a subsidized loan: The government pays the interest while you are in college, the first six months after you leave school and during a period of deferment.
- For an unsubsidized loan: You’re responsible for interest payments from the time you take out the loan, even while you are in college. You can pay while in college or delay the interest payments.
- Student Employment/Work Study
You can earn a portion of your financial aid through working on or off campus.
Other funding options
If you are unemployed or face imminent layoff, this program helps pay for your first quarter of college — including tuition, fees and books — so you can take courses in a professional-technical program.
Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program
BFET is open to students who receive benefits through the state Department of Social & Health Services’ Basic Food program. Students can receive short-term assistance for tuition, books, fees, bus passes and child care.
Opportunity Grants program
This program helps low-income adults take classes for specific high-wage, high-demand careers. The grant covers tuition for short-term programs, as well as some fees, books and supplies.
If you are a parent currently or recently a recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you may be eligible to receive financial help with tuition costs and required textbooks for Adult Basic Education, GED and English-as-a-Second Language, employment skill upgrade and vocational training classes.
Highline offers scholarship opportunities through various campus programs and the HCC Foundation.
- Scholarships do not have to be paid back.
- Scholarship criteria varies for each award and can be based on academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, financial need, fields of study or community service.
- Scholarship applications are separate from the application for federal or state financial aid.
Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan
The STEPP program allows you to pay for your education on an interest-free installment payment plan.
- Payments are due twice during fall, winter and spring quarters, or once during summer quarter.
- Note: This program is not eligible for books, fines or parking costs.
The federal government allows you to claim tax credits for out-of-pocket tuition and related educational expenses through the American Opportunity Credit credit. At the end of the tax year, Highline sends an IRS form 1098-T to students who qualify.
- Veterans’ benefits
Education benefits are available for qualified veterans. Highline’s Veterans Services can help you complete your paperwork.