about us

In an ideal world, every young person would have the opportunity to achieve a complete education and build a fruitful life. The truth is that many of the young people in our community will never get the chance to go to college and achieve their dreams. That is true, unless people who can make a difference step in and change that reality.

Poverty and homelessness profoundly limit the lives of thousands of young people in King County. Seattle Education Access assists marginalized youth and young adults in gaining entry into colleges and completing degrees. We provide them with the resources they need to transition successfully to college, in order to finish their educations, leave poverty behind, and contribute to society.

Our doors are open to any low-income person under the age of 30 no matter their legal issues, parenting status, sexual orientation or immigration status. We offer a FREE, welcoming, non-judgmental approach to helping young people living in poverty get the education they need to thrive.


Seattle Education Access provides higher education advocacy and opportunity to young people struggling to overcome poverty and adversity throughout King County.


• To connect non-traditional students with the information and financial resources to help them achieve their dreams of a college education.

• To provide financial support that helps low-income youth access higher education and meet their housing and basic survival needs while in school.

• To provide the personal attention, mentoring, technical assistance, and moral support that marginalized youth need to navigate the complex systems of higher education and financial aid.

• To empower young people living in poverty to develop their own voices and succeed in the higher academic arena.

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In the inherent worth and dignity of each human being.

That education is a lifelong process of self-discovery and world discovery.

That education is its own reward and enriches life.

That every person deserves a good education.

That every person is responsible for his, her or their own life.

That every person has unique gifts and, when those gifts are nourished and given a chance to flourish, both the individual and the community benefits.

That by helping others, and by accepting help from others, we add meaning and beauty to life.

That the success of our organization is measured by the well-being and success of our students.


People of all genders and sexual orientations and celebrate their right to self-determination.

People from all ethnic, cultural and national backgrounds.

People from all religious faiths and philosophical worldviews.

People of all immigration statuses.

People of all abilities.