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Admissions Policy
Admissions Process Walk-in
Admissions Process Online
Introductory Orientations
Outstanding Debts

Separate pages:
Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Admissions Policy
Admission to Seattle Vocational Institute is open to students who are 16 years and older; anyone who has a high school diploma or the General Education Development (GED) certificate; or anyone who is at least 18 years old and is able to benefit from the college's curriculum. Applications for Admission are accepted on a continuing basis. Admission is required for students pursuing a Certificate of Completion in a vocational training program.
Admission standards vary from program to program. Students need to meet the criteria for the individual program, ability to benefit and/or test requirements. Each program's requirements are listed on that program's profile page.

Admissions Process - Walk-in
Applying for college can be an overwhelming experience. At SVI we take it one step at a time. We have a process that helps you decide who you want to become and what you need to do to get there. And SVI provides support every step of the way. Seattle Vocational Institute is your "Steps to Success School!"
Step 1 - Application Form
Fill out the Application for Admission form. It's okay if you can't complete every section. Our advisors will help you complete this form.
Step 2 - Initial Meeting
Bring the form with you to Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Go to room 111 and ask to see an Advisor. We'll get you started.
Step 3 - ESL Assessment (if necessary)
If English is not your native language, you will attend an ESL Pre-screening scheduled Mondays from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. SVI offers free basic and transitional skills classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Educational Development (GED). These classes are designed to help you become fully prepared to attend college.
Step 4 - Educational Planning Course
The Educational Planning Course is held from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of twelve hours. This free class provides you with an orientation to SVI and gives you an overview. In this exciting class you will discover your learning styles; investigate your career options; match your abilities with your educational goals and map out a plan for achieving those goals.
Step 5 - Financial Aid
Our Financial Aid Specialists will assist you in obtaining all the relevant documents for financial aid. Please see the Financial Aid page for more information.
Step 6 - Abilities Testing
Now that the financial aid process is started you will take the CPAt test to determine your readiness to enter the program you are interested in. Testing is offered Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and Fridays at 11:30a.m.
Step 7 - Registration
SVI advisors will assist you in obtaining and filling out all the relevant documents for getting into class and getting started.
Step 8 - Begin Your Program
Congratulations! Now that you have completed each step, you may buy your books, and (if applicable) kits and uniforms and attend school. You have completed your first set of many "Steps to Success".

Admissions Process - Apply Online
You can submit your Application to SVI on the web by going to the Web Admissions Center. Application is fast and easy.

SVI's 2012-2013 school calender in PDF format.

Introductory Orientations
Instructors will be on hand to answer your questions, distribute literature and provide assistance on starting the registration process. Orientations do not take place on holidays or when school is not in session.
Introductory Orientations for Pre-Construction Apprenticeship Training only are held Friday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Location varies. Please call 206-934-4950 for this week's meeting place.
For information on the next Cosmetology Introductory Orientation please contact the Cosmetology department at 206-934-5477.

Class fees and transportation fees follow the tuition refund schedule below. No charge is made for dropping classes after the first day of class when a refund is not involved. Refunds will be made as stated below subject to a $5 minimum forfeiture of fees. (In those instances where the fee subject to refund is less than $5, the minimum forfeiture will be reduced to that amount).
Withdrawal due to class cancellation by the institution: 100%
Withdrawal prior to the first day of class (less $6 fee): 100%
Withdrawal during the first five instructional days of class:   100%
Withdrawal from the 6th through the 20th calendar day of the quarter:   50%
After the first twenty (20) calendar days of the quarter: 0%
Important Note: The transportation fee is nonrefundable if any portion of it has been utilized by the student. No refund will be given to a student who is dismissed from the College for disciplinary reasons or who fails to follow official withdrawal procedures. Allow at least three weeks for receipt of refunds. All refunds will be mailed.

Currently, tuition for vocational programs is determined by the state. Tuition will be your major expense. Other expenses can include, but are not limited to, books, lab fees and transportation. Books, lab fees and supply costs are subject to change without notice. Tuition rates are set by the Washington State Legislature. Tuition is subject to change. Please contact the Registration office for current tuition rates.

Outstanding Debts
Pursuant to state law (RCW 28B.10.293 and RCW 19.16.500) any debts to the college will be increased by costs and expenses incurred in the collection of such debts.


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