Application FAQs
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How much does it cost to apply?
What is the application deadline?
Where do I get an application?
What role do HS grades play in acceptance?
Do I have to submit letters of recommendation?
What percentage of students are accepted?
How is Washington residency determined?
Do I have to take SAT or ACT tests?
What is a placement test?
 How important are my high school grades in determining eligibility?
How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?
Can I get credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes I took in high school?
How much does CCS cost?
Can international students apply?
Can I transfer in credit from another college?
I'm an SCC student, do I have to reapply to take a class at SFCC? (or vice versa)

How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $25 or $60 if you are applying to CCS Destination Eastern.  You can mail a check, or pay when you take your placement test.  Mail checks to 
SFCC / SFCC Pullman Campus
Admissions MS 3011
3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
SCC / Colville, Inchelium, Ione, Newport and Republic Centers
Admissions Office MS 2151
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399

 

 


 

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is three weeks prior to the start of the quarter you'd like to attend. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to have the best chance of:
  • Getting into the classes you need
  • Making sure your financial aid arrives in time
  • Attending an orientation  

 


Where do I get an application?

Most students apply online.  Paper applications are available in our Admissions Offices and at our rural education centers.  

What role do high school grades play in acceptance?
None, unless you are applying to a special program like CCS Destination Eastern or American Honors@CCS.

Do I have to submit letters of recommendation?
No, unless you are applying to a special program like American Honors@CCS.


What percentage of students are accepted?

We have an open-door policy. That means every student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted.  However, certain programs may have wait-lists and/or prerequisites. Work closely with your counselor so you can get the classes you need and graduate as efficiently as possible.   

 

 

How is Washington residency determined?
To be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes, a student must be:
  • Financially independent and have established a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for other than primarily educational purposes for one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter; OR
  • Financially dependent and have one or both parents domiciled in the state of Washington for a period of one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter. Read more about residency status
 
   

What is a placement test?
Placement tests assess your readiness for college-level classes in English and math.  All students must take an assessment test before beginning college-level work.  The tests cost $30.  Find out more about testing at SCC, SFCC or your local CCS education center.  


Do I have to take SAT or ACT tests?
No!  Instead, first-time students are required to take a placement test.  This test helps us determine your readiness for college-level classes in English and math.  
 

 
How important are my high school grades in determining eligibility?
Your high school grades are not used to determine your eligibility for admission to our community colleges. However, your high school grades are very important to prepare your for your future success in college-level courses.
 

 
How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?
Financial aid and scholarships require separate applications.  Most financial aid comes from the state and federal governments.  To access state and federal financial aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).  To apply for our scholarships, complete a CCS Foundation scholarship application. 
Read more about financial aid.
 

 
Can I get credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) classes I took in high school?
Yes.  We award credit for AP classes based upon your scores on the AP exams. 
Read more about Advanced Placement. 
 

 
How much does CCS cost?
Tuition and fees at CCS are determined by the number of credits you take. Books average about $924 per year.  Costs can vary, but it's safe to say we offer some of the most affordable education opportunities around.  
Read more about costs | Current tuition and fees

 
Can international students apply?
Yes, but there are special application procedures.  For more information, check out the International Office web sites for
SCC and SFCC.
 

 
Yes. We welcome transfer credit from accredited institutions of higher education. After we receive an official transcript, you can arrange for a full evaluation by a counselor. We don't accept unofficial or photocopied transcripts. 

I'm a SCC student.  Do I have to reapply to take a class at SFCC? (or vice versa)

Yes.  Many students take classes on both colleges (just another benefit of studying in our district.)  To take classes on the other college, you must fill out an new application.  However, you don't have to pay $25 again, and you don't have to retake the placement test.

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