Getting Started at Cascadia

Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming a Cascadia Kodiak, and we are here to help. After you determine your student pathway, you will be guided to additional steps on this page or directed to the appropriate resource area. The Outreach Team is also available to answer any questions you have along the way.


1 - Visit Campus

(opitional, but fun!)

Learn more about Cascadia by visiting campus or contacting our Outreach Team. Virtual tour available.

COVID-19 Advisory

Cascadia College is still operating mostly online. As guidelines start changing, in-person campus tours will begin to open up again. Please continue to check back for additional information, and use our Virtual Services to connect with campus and student support. We will update the community on our COVID-19 information page.

2 - Determine Your Student Pathway

(new, returning, who am I?)

Your student pathway can vary based on your previous college experience, age, academic interests, etc. If you are not able to identify your next steps based on the information below, please contact

New, First Year Student

Applicants 18 years or older or those with a high school diploma or equivalent that have not attended a college or university following the summer of their high school graduation (includes those Running Start, IB, AP, and College in the High School credit earned while in high school).

Continue to application for admissions

BEdA, ESL, High School Completion

Applicants interested in Adult Basic Education (BEdA) which includes ESL, ABE, GED® prep, and HS+. BEdA classes are designed to help move students forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GED®, college coursework, and/or employment.

  • Visit the BEdA page for more information
  • Contact the BEdA office: 425.352.8158 or
  • Complete the BEdA Online Application/Registration Form

Bachelor Degree

Applicants that have completed an associate degree or meet the prerequisites can apply for one of the following Bachelor of Applied Science degrees:

International Student

Applicants who need a student visa to study in the U.S.

Non-matriculated, non-degree seeking

Applicants not pursuing a degree or certificate need to:

  • Apply for admissions (Indicate "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked intended major area of study on application.)
  • Contact Academic Advising to submit unofficial copies of college transcripts

Returning Cascadia Student

Applicants that have previously attended Cascadia, but have not completed their degree program should Schedule an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor.

Running Start (Prospective Student)

Applicants seeking admission into the Running Start program and will have 11th or 12th grade status.

Transfer Student

Applicants seeking a degree, that have attended another college or university.Note: Students that have Running Start, AP/IB credit, and College in the High School credit should apply under "New, First Year Students."

Underage Student

Applicants that are 16-17 years old, and not enrolling in the Running Start program.


Applicants that are veterans of the United States military services and working with a G.I. Bill®.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

3 - Apply for Admission

  • All students must apply for admission
  • If you are an international student on F1 Visa status, please complete an international application
  • If you have previously applied to Cascadia and have a Cascadia student ID number, you do not need to re-apply


Start Date

Suggested Date to Apply By


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: In order to allow new students enough time to complete the application and registration process before the quarter starts, we recommend that students apply by the suggested application submission deadline.

4 - Financing Your Education

Financial Aid

Once you've applied for FAFSA, check your financial aid status in the Financial Aid Portal.


Contact the Financial Aid Office at with any questions.

5 - Placement & Register for Classes

Most courses at Cascadia require an assessment of a student's skill level in reading, writing, and math in order to determine whether or not a student is prepared to succeed in the courses. These assessments are not pass/fail in nature but are tools to assist advisors with appropriate class selection. There are a number of ways to meet course prerequisites depending on whether you are a new, first-time college student or a transfer student with one or more quarters of college experience. Find your pathway below for placement information and the registration process.

If you are uncertain of your situation, or have questions regarding your placement, please contact

Which Best Describes Your Situation?

Ways to Determine Placement

How to Register

I Attended High School more than 2 years ago

Attend CORE

I Completed Courses at another College

Meet with an Academic Advisor by scheduling an advising appointment.

IMPORTANT:  In order for previous college courses to apply towards a Cascadia degree or certificate you must submit official transcripts to and complete the Transcript Evaluation Request form.

6 - Tuition, Orientation, Books, Parking/Bus Pass

Pay Tuition

A new student online system for supporting you from registration through graduation. Learn more at

The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the enrollment calendar. Tuition must be paid in full by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from classes.

Pay Online

Log into to ctcLink and pay online (your ctcLink ID Number and password will be required).NOTE: Please do not use Autofill features on your browser at this time, as that can cause incorrect information to be submitted.

Pay by Mail

Send your check payment with your new student ID to:

Cascadia College, Finance Office
18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

The mailed payments must be received by the tuition deadline date, not postmarked.

Payment Plan - Student Tuition Payment Plan (STPP)


Plan Details for Winter 2021 Quarter:

  • 1st installment (1/3 total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment fee are due by January 4th, 2021
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of remaining tuition and fees) is due by February 4th, 2021
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due by March 4th, 2021

Plan Details for Spring 2021 Quarter:

  • 1st installment (1/3 total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment fee are due by March 29th, 2021
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of remaining tuition and fees) is due by April 29th, 2021
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due by May 29th, 2021.

In order to sign up for the quarterly payment plan please fill out this form: Quarterly Payment Plan.

Visit Paying for College for additional information on tuition prices, estimated college costs, fees, refunds, tax credits, and waivers.

Attend JumpStart Orientation!

An online opportunity where you will work through your own pace and have opportunities to talk live with current students, faculty, and administrators! 

Next orientation date: TBD

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please email

Purchase Your Books

Campus Bookstore

*To ensure public health, all course materials purchases are online only University Bookstore course materials department will be closed to the public.

For more information, visit:

Online Sites Selling Textbooks

Use the textbook's ISBN number found in the quarterly class schedule to purchase your books


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