Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates are set by the Washington State Legislature. Students are required to pay all tuition and fees each quarter or to enroll in the College’s tuition payment plan before attending classes.
The College offers certain classes on a self-support (rather than state-funded) basis throughout the academic year. Examples include most online classes and the massage therapist program. These courses are charged at a non-standard rate set by the College.
Certain classes or programs such as Adult Basic Education (ABE), some English as a Second Language (ESL), and Parent Education (PARED) carry a reduced tuition rate established by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Tuition rates for such classes or programs are noted in the quarterly class schedule and on the College’s website.
The College also participates in a number of state-authorized tuition waiver programs (e.g. senior citizens, state employees, refugees, etc.).
|Student Classification||Credits||Tuition Rates|
|Resident||1-10 Credits||$111.17 per credit|
|11-18 Credits||$52.08 per credit|
|19 Credits and above||$94.36 per credit|
|Non-Resident & International Students||1-10 Credits||$288.17 per credit|
|11-18 Credits||$59.28 per credit|
|19 Credits and above||$271.36 per credit|
|Resident - Upper Division||1-10 Credits||$211.36 per credit|
|11-18 Credits||$10.23 per credit|
|19 Credits and above||$194.55 per credit|
|Non-Resident & International Students - Upper Division||1-10 Credits||$609.91 per credit|
|11-18 Credits||$10.95 per credit|
|19 Credits and above||$593.10 per credit|
Note: In addition to the standard tuition charges, most students will pay a $6.32 per credit fee (up to 15 credits, or $94.80) to fund a major remodel of the Student Recreation Center and a quarterly $20 fee for unlimited pre-paid access on WTA buses using their Orca Card. These projects were initiated and approved by Whatcom students.
Tuition Payment Plan
Whatcom Community College offers students the option of paying their tuition and fees in multiple payments by enrolling in a tuition payment plan. This plan offers students the opportunity to make a down-payment upon registration for each quarter, and then pay the balance of their tuition in several equal payments. Students must sign up online for this option. The plan is administered and serviced by Nelnet Business Solutions and requires a non-refundable fee for each quarter enrolled. Please refer to the College’s website for more information.
A special fee can be charged upon approval of the Board of Trustees or the College president when the specialized nature of the class warrants an additional charge. Such fees will be noted on the College’s website. Some programs may have additional fees or tuition rates because they are self-supporting. For more information, visit whatcom.edu under Get Started, Tuition & Fees.
These fees range from $5-$250 and may be waived in certain circumstances.
Commonly Charged Fees
The College charges fees for a variety of purposes. Some examples are program applications, program materials, science lab and studio art courses, placement testing, and late registration. Fees range from $5 to $250 and may be one-time, per-quarter, or per-credit fees. See the Tuition and Fees page of WCC;s website for specifics. Fee amounts are subject to change. Placement, examination and certification fees may be waived in certain circumstances.
Running Start students are required to pay a technology and comprehensive fee of $6 per credit with a maximum of $60.00 per quarter.