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How you can become a Year Up student

Year Up Puget Sound – Bellevue cohorts start each March and September.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  Early submission is strongly recommended as space is limited.

Step 1: Submit an Interest Form

Take a moment to let us know you’re interested in applying. You can fill out the interest form online.

After submitting an interest form, you will have the opportunity to register for an upcoming information session.

Step 2: Attend a group Information Session

Information Sessions start with a presentation, and your questions are answered. You will learn what you need to make an informed decision about moving forward with our application process and interview.


For questions about information sessions, contact Isaiah Sneed at 206-962-6018, or Patrick Okocha at 206-406-8255, or

Step 3: Begin Working on an Application

After attending the session, you will receive the application form in an email. It must be submitted online.

You will also receive an Admissions Support Packet with instructions for how to submit the following required materials at your admissions interview.

  • Two-page personal essay
  • Two references
  • Resume
  • Proof of high school completion or GED
  • Passport or two forms of identification
  • Bellevue College application
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Reports

Step 4: Interviews

If you are qualified, our staff will invite you in for an interview. You will need to arrive on time and dress professionally. After your interview you will be notified of next steps by our admissions staff. Applicants who are accepted to Year Up will be notified via phone or mail.

An evaluation funded by the Institute of Education Sciences is being conducted to help us learn how well the Year Up PTC program is working to help participants.  Only applicants who, after learning about the study, are willing to participate will be eligible for enrollment in classes starting in September. Individuals who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery.