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SPRUCE

SPace available to Respond to the Unemployed through College Education

About

The SPRUCE Program allows tuition waivers for long-term unemployed individuals to enroll in classes at TCC as long as there is space available. The program works to help reengage workers 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 within a degree or certificate program

Assistance is not guaranteed, and is dependent on available waivers.

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 $2,023 5 $4,903
2 $2,743 6 $5,623
3 $3,463 7 $6,343
4 $4,183  8  $7,063

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 EOC at 253-566-5201 to begin the process.

Start Calling For Quarter Begins
Nov. 1 - Nov. 22 Winter Quarter 2020 January 2, 2020
Feb. 10 -  Feb. 28 Spring Quarter 2020 March 30, 2020
TBD - TBD Summer Quarter 2020 (tentative pending funds) June 22, 2020

Course Requirements & Restrictions

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

Classes must be a part of the declared degree or certificate.

Participation in the SPRUCE program is limited to two quarters. Additional quarters may be requested through an appeal process.

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? 

Please contact Sunshine Harper for more information.