Underage Admission

This underage admission process applies to students currently attending high school, or those who are home-schooled and working at a high school level, and are under the age of 18. Students admitted under this process are expected to pay the full cost of tuition and fees.

If you completed high school, or hold an equivalent high school credential such as a GED, you may skip the underage process and go straight to the general admission application, even if you are under the age of 18. No additional documentation or permission is needed.

Students who wish to participate in one of our high school programs listed below, must contact the programs directly for program application information. Except for taking classes in the summer, students in these programs should not use the Underage Admission process listed below:


The college considers the admission of students under the age of 18, who do not have a high school diploma based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants under the age of 16, who are in the 9th or 10th grade, must have an unusual or extenuating circumstance that warrants early admission to the college.
  • Only applicants currently in high school, or home-school students who are working at a ninth grade level or higher are considered for admission. Students in grades below high school are not admitted to the college. 

Application Process

We are currently accepting underage admission requests for fall quarter 2021

ATTENTION SUMMER STUDENTS: If you are at least 16 years old, or will have completed your sophomore year (grade 10) in high school in June, please use the Summer Admission & Registration process. All other underage students should use the process below.

If you need help or have questions about this process, please submit an online help request at anytime.

  1. Apply for General Admission
    • A few days after you apply for admission, the college sends you an email indicating the next steps you must take before you can register for classes. The email also provides you with your student ID number and PIN.
    • Follow and complete the instructions in the email.
    • You must set up your NetID using your student ID number and PIN before you can submit the documents listed below.
  2. Using the Document Submission process below, submit the following documents:
    • School District Registration Release and Parent/Guardian Consent Form and
      • If home-schooled, also attach the Declaration of Intent form or other documents submitted to your school district, or the State of Washington indicating your parent/guardian’s intent to home-school you.
        • Home-school students must still complete and submit this form without the signature of a high school official.
    • If under the age of 16 and in the 9th or 10th grade, submit a letter in your own words that includes:
      • Your full name
      • The area of study you plan to focus your classes in
      • Indicate any unusual or extenuating circumstances that make it necessary for you to attend the college
        • Please note that being in a homeschool program is not an unusual or extenuating circumstance that warrants early admission to the college. The college is not meant to supplement home school education.
  3. If you are new to the college, you must attend a New Student Orientation session. We have self-paced online options, or you can attend a live session.

Document Submission Process

Use the button below to submit the documents listed in step 2 above. Your documents are reviewed within three to five business days. If approved, your admission to the college is confirmed via email, and you are allowed to register for classes based on the schedule located on the academic calendar.

Note: this submission process requires you to log in using your NetID, which first requires full admission to the college, and a Student ID number and PIN.

Submit Underage Admission Forms

Application Deadline

Refer to the Academic Calendar for the suggested quarterly application deadlines. Underage students are not considered for admission in the upcoming quarter if the suggested deadline is missed.

Parents and Guardians

We encourage you to visit our Parents and Guardians website for information about how to support your student’s start in college. By law, once your student is admitted to the college, many of the rights you have as a parent or legal guardian transfer to your student regardless of your student’s age. Access to instructors, grades, attendance, the status of processes, and other student record information is either not allowed or is very limited.

Last Updated October 11, 2021