Paying for College

Tuition Rates
The chart below shows tuition per credit for Washington state residents and non-residents. To qualify for resident tuition rates, you must meet Washington state residency requirements.  Tuition rates include operating fees, building fees, and student activities fees. Cascadia reserves the right to change tuition rates and fees without notice to comply with state or college regulations or policies.

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Credits Resident Non-Resident
Eligible for Operating
Fee Waiver 1  
Non-Resident Eligible Veteran or
National Guard member 2  

1

$106.84 $119.84 $278.84 $80.13
2 $213.68 $239.68 $557.68 $160.26
3

$320.52

$359.52 $836.52 $240.39
4 $427.36 $479.36 $1,115.36 $320.52
5 $534.20 $599.20 $1,394.20 $400.65
6 $641.04 $719.04 $1,673.04 $480.78
7 $747.88 $838.88 $1,951.88 $560.91
8 $854.72 $958.72 $2,230.72 $641.04
9 $961.56 $1,078.56 $2,509.56 $721.17
10 $1,068.40 $1,198.40 $2,788.40 $801.30
11 $1,121.39 $1,252.08 $2,846.40 $841.04
12 $1,174.38 $1,305.76 $2,904.40 $880.78
13 $1,227.37 1,359.44 $2,962.40 $920.52
14 $1,280.36 $1,413.12 $3,020.40 $960.26
15 $1,333.35 $1,466.80 $3,078.40 $1,000.00
16 $1,386.34 $1,520.48 $3,136.40 $1039.74
17 $1,439.33 $1,574.16 $3,194.40 $1,079.48
18 $1,492.32 $1,627.84 $3,252.40 $1,119.22
19 $1,588.58 $1,724.10 $3,520.66 $1,191.42
20 $1,684.84 $1,820.36 $3,788.92 $1,263.62
21 $1,781.10 $1,916.62 $4,057.18 $1,355.82
22 $1,877.36 $2,012.88 $4,325.44 $1,408.02
23 $1,973.62 $2,109.14 $4,593.70 $1,480.22
1Students who are non-residents for tuition purposes and who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for a waiver of the difference between the non-resident and resident Operating Fee. The waiver will be applied once eligibility has been determined.


2Eligibility requirements and form are available here

Through Opportunity Pathways, Washington State provides a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their families pay for college. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0681, the approximate level of state support received by students is being provided to the colleges for your use. 

 

The following table indicates average state support by tuition category for students attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2012-2013.

  Resident Undergraduate Non-Resident Undergraduate
Instructional Cost per FTE Student $6,282 $6,282
Operating Fee $3,217 $8,052
Net State Support per FTE Student $3,065 -------

The following table indicates the amount of state supported financial aid including that provided from the local institutional financial aid fund (3.5%).

  State Financial Aid Institutional Financial Aid
Resident Undergraduate $861 * $94
Non-Resident Undergraduate $0 ** $0 **
*Includes State Work Study, State Need Grant, and all other financial aid programs administered by the WSAC, and SBCTC administered programs: Opportunity Grants and Worker Retraining Financial Aid.
**State and Institutional financial aid is not available to non-residents.

Note: Data source provided by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is available upon request. If you have any questions please contact Scott Copeland at (360) 704-4397 or scopeland@sbctc.edu.

 

Click here for Residency Requirements

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Estimated College Costs
 Net Price Calculator - This calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost (price) of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

2013-2014 Tuition and Fees are based on average cost of attendance at each enrollment level for 13-14. This includes average fees of $90 per quarter, except at less than half-time enrollment status, which is $45 per quarter.

 

Estimated Average Costs for Residents

  Living with Parents or Guardians Not Living with Parents or Guardians
 Resident Tuition and Fees $4,020 $4,020
 Books and Supplies $1,026  $1,026
 Room and Board $3,174  $9,492
 Transportation $1,344  $1,296
 Miscellaneous $1,614  $1,794
Total $11,178 $17,628

Estimated Average Costs for Non-Residents

  Living with Parents or Guardians Not Living with Parents or Guardians
 Non-Resident Tuition and Fees $4,365 $4,365
 Books and Supplies $1,026  $1,026
 Room and Board $3,174  $9,492
 Transportation $1,344  $1,296
 Miscellaneous $1,614  $1,794
Total $11,523 $17,973
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Fees

Assessment Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
COMPASS - Placement Assessment $17

Non-refundable fee for placement assessment in English and/or mathematics.

Course Challenge

$154.56 per assessment 

(for each 3-5 credit class)

Non-refundable fee to challenge an existing course to receive credit for prior experience.

Interest Inventories $26 For assessments that help identify career interest (that is, the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory) and/or learning and interaction styles (that is, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).
Portfolio Assessment of Prior Learning

$257.60 per assessment

(for each 3-10 credit portfolio)

Non-refundable fee to have portfolio of prior learning assessed and credit awarded.

 

Classroom or Lab Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
Art Lab $12 These fees, which are charged in addition to tuition, defray the cost of consumable supplies. 
Art 240  $46
Human Anatomy Lab  $41
Human Physiology  $41
Math Supply  $22
Microbiology Lab  $58
Miscellaneous Intensive Supply  $22
Science Lab  $23
World Languages Lab  $11.50

College Service Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
Application for Admission $30

Non-refundable application fee.

Bus Pass $91

Must be a credit based registered student to purchase an ORCA powered U-Pass for King County Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

Late Registration Fee  $50

This fee is for late registration after the 10th day of instruction.

Lost/Replacement Bus Pass  $20

This fee defrays the cost of replacing the U-Pass Powered by ORCA card if lost, stolen or damaged.

Lost/Replacement Parking Pass

 $20

This fee defrays the cost of replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged parking pass.

Lost/Replacement Student ID Card

$11

This fee is charged for replacing a lost or stolen Student Identification card.

Parking

Quarterly Permit $160 (valid 7 days a week)

3-day permit $121

2-day permits $91

Motorcycle $61 (valid 7 days a week)

Carpool permit $160 (valid 7 days a week)

Parking fees, including tax, are charged per quarter.

Quarterly, 2-day, 3-day parking permits may be purchased online.
Printing fee per additional unit $10.50 

Each student receives a standard printing allocation of $24.00 which equates to 600 black-and-white or 120 color pages. If you use up your allocation, you can buy an additional unit of 260 black-and-white or 50 color pages.

eLearning Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
eLearning, online $45 per course

For classes conducted entirely or partially online.

 

Fines

 Fee Type Amount
Description
Insufficient funds $25.00 per check

You will be charged this fee if you submit a check for payment and the account contains insufficient funds to cover the check. In addition, the college will not accept personal checks from you for the following two academic quarters.

Parking and traffic citations Amount will vary $30-$250 depending on type of fine. There is a $10 late fee automatically assessed for fines unpaid beyond 30 days.

Unpaid citations may result in referral to a collection agency.

 

Proctoring Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
Non-student proctoring services $41.00 per test up to 2 hours

Proctoring services are available in the Assessment Center in the Kodiak Corner (Student Services Center) as space is available. A fee is charged to cover administrative and proctoring services for non-Cascadia classes. Request proctoring services at least two weeks in advance.

 

Technology Fees

 Fee Type Amount
Description
Computer account $21.00 per quarter for non-credited students  This fee covers your optional individual email account, file storage, and network access from campus.
Computer and technology lab $3.00 per credit (maximum $30.00 per quarter)

This fee is charged in addition to tuition for classes that place a high demand on computer and/or technology resources.

Intensive computer and technology lab  $4.75 per credit (maximum $47.50 per quarter) This fee is charged in addition to tuition for classes that involve use of advanced technology or require extraordinary technical support.
Technology fee $4.00 per credit, (minimum $10, maximum $40.00 per quarter) The student body voted to assess this fee to provide email accounts, discounted Microsoft software, network storage, and regularly updated hardware and software.
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How to Pay - Pay by the Tuition Deadline


Pay by the Tuition Deadline

 

The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the Academic Calendar.

If you register for classes BEFORE the tuition deadline: You must pay tuition and fees by 5:30 PM in person or online by 9:30 PM on the day of the quarterly tuition deadline. If you do not pay, you may be withdrawn from all classes the next business day.

If you register AFTER the tuition deadline: You must pay tuition and fees within one business day of registration.

 

Five Ways to Pay

1

Pay Online by 9:30pm at Washington State Colleges Payment Page. Your Student ID Number and Student Pin will be required.

 

Accepted forms of payment online:

  • VISA
  • MasterCard
2

In-Person at the Kodiak Corner / Student Service Center during office hours. Bring your Student ID Number and photo ID. If you are paying with a credit card, the credit cardholder must be present, or the student must have a signed note from the card holder authorizing payment of tuition, parking pass, etc. The card holder's signature and the amount of the payment must also be included on the note.

 

Accepted forms of payment in person:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Union Pay Credit Card
3

Phone Payments during Kodiak Corner office hours at (425) 352-8860 with your Student ID Number and payment.

 

Accepted forms of phone payment:

  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Union Pay Credit Card
4 In the Payment Drop Box located outside the Kodiak Corner / Student Services Center by check or cash and include your Student ID Number. Payments must be received by the times below and will be reflected in your account within that day.
  • Monday through Friday at 8:00am.
  • On the Tuition Deadline Day, there will be an additional pick up at 4:00pm.

 

Accepted forms of payment for the Drop Box:

  • Check
  • Cash
5

By Mail to Cascadia Community College, Business Office, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 and include your Student ID Number. The tuition payment must be received on the Tuition Deadline Date, not postmarked.  

 

Accepted form of mail payment:

  • Check

 

Do not mail cash.

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Refunds of Tuition and Fees


Refund Policies for Withdrawal from State-Funded Credit Classes

 

 If you reduce your class load or completely withdraw from all of your classes, you will receive a tuition refund if you withdraw:

Refunds are not processed for disbursement until after  the 100% and 50% refund deadlines.  Processing time for refunds:

  • Credit or Debit Card:  A refund to be posted to that account within 10 business days after the refund deadline.
  • Cash or Check:  A refund check will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the refund deadline.
  • Financial Aid: Refund information can be found here

If you are expecting a refund please be sure that we have your correct address. You can view or change your address online. For questions regarding your refund, please contact the Finance Office at (425) 352-8151.

 

Note:  Refund dates are prorated for summer quarter. No refunds are given to students who are dismissed for disciplinary reasons, who do not follow the official withdrawal procedures, or who withdraw after the 20th calendar day of the quarter (summer quarter dates are prorated). See Academic Calendar for refund deadlines.

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Tax Credits for Educational Expenses

Tax Credit Eligibility

 

The federal government allows you to claim tax credits for certain educational expenses through programs known as the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit.

After the end of each tax year, Cascadia sends IRS form 1098-T to students who may qualify for federal tax credits.  The form lists out-of-pocket tuition and related expenses.

It is the responsibility of the student or other taxpayer to determine actual eligibility for tax credits.  As a college, we cannot provide you with tax advice.  You may wish to find out if you might be eligible by reading information on these websites:

You may also wish to consult the IRS or a tax accountant for help.  Your own check receipts, credit card statements, or copies of receipts showing tuition and fees paid at the time you registered may support your claim.

Verifying the Amount of Your Qualifying Expenses

 

You can view your IRS form 1098-T statement  [student ID and PIN required] online starting at the end of January each year.

However, the form that is printed and mailed to you may not reflect up-to-date information on student loans or other data.

Therefore, we strongly encourage you to double-check the dollar amount on the 1098-T form. You can calculate the amount that you paid for tuition by using the student schedule to generate your class schedules for the previous year
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Waivers

Waivers are granted only for academic degree, professional technical degree, certificate, and adult basic education programs (all state-supported classes). No waivers are granted for Continuing Education classes.

On this page:

  • Adult Basic Education Waivers
  • Adult High School Completion Waivers
  • Other Waivers

Adult Basic Education Waiver

 

If you are enrolled in Adult Basic Education (ABE), you may qualify to have your tuition and other fees waived through a federal or grant-funded waiver program.

ABE programs include ESL, GED test preparation, and English and math fundamentals.

The waiver amount depends on your needs. It can cover the ABE tuition of $25 per quarter. And it may also cover other expenses such as campus parking permits or bus passes.

To apply for an ABE waiver:

We will help you fill out an application and interview you about your needs.

Adult High School Completion Waiver

 

If you are enrolled in the adult high school completion program, you may apply for reduced college tuition through a state waiver program. If you receive a waiver, you may not also be eligible for other kinds of financial aid.If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of the quarter AND you have been a Washington state resident for at least one year: For each course required for the high school completion program, you pay $11 per credit plus fees. For all other courses, you pay full resident tuition.

You must show a current Washington state driver's license or state ID.

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of the quarter but you have NOT been a Washington state resident for at least one year: For each course required for the high school completion program, Cascadia waives the non-resident portion of tuition, and you pay only resident tuition (plus fees). For all other courses, you pay full non-resident tuition.

You must show a current driver's license or state ID from another state, or a permanent U.S. resident card.

To apply for a waiver, talk with the Adult High School Completion Advisor during your advising appointment (see High School Completion: How to Apply).

Other Waivers

Eligible Students
Waivers
How to Apply

Dependents of Members of Congress

  • Dependents of a member of the U.S. Congress who is representing Washington state.

 

Operating fee waived on the non-resident differential. A documented letter must be submitted to the Director for Enrollment Services in Kodiak Corner.

Dependents of Law Enforcement

The children and spouse of a public law enforcement officer or full-time firefighter who has died or become totally disabled in the line of duty.

 

You pay $11 per credit plus class related fees (tuition and services and activities fees waived).

You must begin your course of study within 10 years of high school graduation.

You must submit official documentation from the Department of Retirement Systems to the Director for Enrollment Services in the Kodiak Corner.

Non-Resident Refugees

Refugees and their spouses and dependents with parole status, immigrant visa, or citizenship application

 

Waives the operating fees portion of the non-resident differential.

Documentation is required from the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services and must be submitted to the Director for Enrollment Services in the Kodiak Corner.

Public College Employees

Employee who works half-time or more for a public college or university, and the employee's spouse and dependents

Operating fee waived on amount equal to the difference between resident and nonresident tuition.

Employment documentation must be provided each quarter and submitted to the Director for Enrollment Services in the Kodiak Corner.

State Employees and Public School Teachers

  • Permanent state employee working half-time or more.
  • Public school teacher or certified instructional staff who holds or seeks endorsement and assignment in a state-identified shortage area (preference given to Cascadia employees; no other preference given).

You pay $10 per credit for the first 6 credits (tuition waived), then full tuition for any additional credits.

This waiver is granted on a space-available basis (you can attend classes starting on the first day of the quarter, but you cannot register until the 6th day of the quarter, and then only if the class is not full).

Print the State Employee and Public School Teacher Waiver form or ask for the form at the Kodiak Corner. Fill out the form and submit it at the Kodiak Corner.

 

The form requires the instructor's signature. 

Senior citizens

  • Washington residents age 60 or over.

Tuition and services and activities fees waived. You pay $5 per credit to audit, $10 per credit to enroll; limit 2 courses per quarter.

This waiver is granted on a space-available basis (you can attend classes starting on the first day of the quarter, but you cannot register until the 6th day of the quarter, and then only if the class is not full).

Print the Space Available Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens form or ask for the form at the Kodiak Corner. Fill out the form and submit it at the Kodiak Corner.

Veteran or National Guard

  • Washington State resident
  • Active or reserve member of military or naval or national guard called to active duty.
  • Served in active federal duty, in a war or conflict on foreign soil or international waters or served in support of those that were serving on foreign soil or international waters
  • If discharged, has received an honorable discharge.

OR

  • Washington State Resident
  • Military or naval veterans not eligible as listed above. (This waiver does not include National Guard members.)
Waives 25% of tuition. Eligible veteran or National Guard member: Download the Eligible Veteran or National Guard Member Waiver form or ask for the form at the Kodiak Corner. Fill out the form and submit it at the Kodiak Corner.

 

Child or Spouse of Totally Disabled or POW/MIA or Deceased Eligible Veteran/National Guard Member

  • Children and spouse of an eligible veteran or National Guard member who became totally disabled
  • Children and spouse of an eligible veteran or National Guard member determined to be a prisoner of war or missing in action..
  • Children and spouse of a deceased eligible veteran or National Guard member.
  • Child or spouse must be a Washington State resident.
  • Child must be between 17 and 26.
  • Surviving spouses have 10 years from the date of the death, total disability, or federal determination of prisoner of war or missing in action status of the eligible veteran or national guard member to receive the waiver.
  • Surviving spouses are ineligible for the waiver upon remarriage or registration in a subsequent domestic partnership.
  Eligible child or spouse: Download the Child or Spouse of Eligible Veteran or National Guard Member Waiver form or ask for the form at the Kodiak Corner. Fill out the form and submit it at the Kodiak Corner.
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