Underage Students

Underage Students

Important Parental Information

As part of the admission process for underage students, we do require forms with the following statements to be filled out and signed by the student's parents or legal guardians:

  • Medical Care and Treatment of Minor Children Consent (under the age of 18)
  • Orientation and Off-Campus Trips and Activities Waiver of Liability (under the age of 18)
  • Permission to Contact Parents and /or Agents (under the age of 18)
  • Underage Student Housing Policy (under the age of 18)
  • Parental Waiver (under the age of 18)


Guardian appointment recommendation for students under 18 years old

North Seattle College recommends that underage students have a reasonable adult (guardian) living in the United States who can look after their welfare.  Students under the age of 18 may find it difficult to live on their own and make important decisions affecting their living situation, health or personal safety. A responsible adult can provide support to underage students until they are 18 and considered legal adults.

Finding a guardian to care for an underage student is the responsibility of the student’s parents.  North Seattle College cannot act in place of guardians for underage students, nor is it able to recruit individuals to serve in this role.

Some parents may wish to have a legal guardian in the United States caring for their child. Designating a guardian is a legal procedure that involves filing of paperwork with the Washington State court system. Guardianship is not a simple process. Click for more information

Host families recruited by one of Homestay agencies the college works with cannot carry the role of a guardian, but they can provide a very stable living environment for underage students.

Although North Seattle College and its staff cannot act as a legal guardian for underage students, parents may choose to give North Seattle College staff the authority to make decisions for an underage student in the case of a medical emergency.  Parents may do so by submitting this form. Emergency situations include cases of serious injury or where a student’s life may be in danger. They do not include non-emergency illnesses or medical procedures, such as a cold or mild illness.  The form is only applicable to underage students (under 18 years of age).