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Tuition and Fees

Cascadia College offers the best educational value around. Our tuition and fees are much less than at public four-year universities. You'll save thousands of dollars for classes that transfer to universities or prepare you for a career. Financial aid is also available.

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

The state of Washington sets tuition and fees for all 34 technical and community colleges. See the tuition calculator. The tuition charts 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.

Fees Included within Tuition Rate

Tuition in the state of Washington is comprised of three fees. 

  • Operating Fees – The operating fee is used locally for college operations: Instruction, Services, Facility Maintenance, etc. In addition 3.5% of these funds go into an institutional Financial Aid account.    
  • Building Fees – The building fee is deposited into a statewide Building Fee account and is used to pay and secure the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds payable out of the building fees and for the construction, reconstruction, erection, equipping, maintenance, demolition and major alteration of buildings and other capital assets owned by the state board for community and technical colleges.
  • Student Activities Fees (S&A Fees) – The student activities fee is allocated by a student committee to pay for programs and services designed to support student success outside the classroom. 

These fees are mandatory for all students.Cascadia reserves the right to change tuition rates and fees without notice to comply with state or college regulations or policies.

Quarterly Fees (not included with tuition)

In addition to the tuition rates listed below, all students (except for Basic Skills students) pay the following fees, as enacted by student government:

  • Technology Fee – $4.00 per credit (minimum $10, maximum $40.00 per quarter)
  • Activities and Recreation Center Fee – $8.67 per credit (maximum $130.05)

See the Fees section below for all fees that may be associated with courses or other needs such as  Assessment, eLearning, or Classroom and Lab.

Credits Washington Resident Non-Resident Non-Resident Eligible for Operating Fee Waiver Eligible Veteran or National Guard Member
1 $123.58 $317.95 $140.92 $92.69
2 $247.16 $635.90 $281.84 $185.37
3 $370.74 $953.85 $422.76 $278.06
4 $494.32 $1,271.80 $563.68 $370.74
5 $617.90 $1,589.75 $704.60 $463.43
6 $741.48 $1,907.70 $845.52 $556.11
7 $865.06 $2,225.65 $986.44 $648.80
8 $988.64 $2,543.60 $1,127.36 $741.48
9 $1,112.22 $2,861.55 $1,268.28 $834.17
10 $1,235.80 $3,179.50 $1,409.20 $926.85
11 $1,296.82 $3,248.46 $1,471.14 $972.62
12 $1,357.84 $3,317.42 $1,533.08 $1,018.38
13 $1,418.96 $3,386.38 $1,595.02 $1,064.15
14 $1,479.88 $3,455.34 $1,656.96 $1,109.91
15 $1,540.90 $3,524.30 $1,718.90 $1,155.68
16 $1,601.92 $3,593.26 $1,780.84 $1,201.44
17 $1,662.94 $3,662.22 $1,842.78 $1,247.21
18 $1,723.96 $3,731.18 $1,904.72 $1,292.27
19 $1,834.83 $4,036.42 $2,015.59 $1,376.12
20 $1,945.70 $4,341.66 $2,126.46 $1,459.27
21 $2,056.57 $4,646.90 $2,237.33 $1,542.42
22 $2,167.44 $4,952.14 $2,348.20 $1,625.57
23 $2,278.31 $5,257.38 $2,459.07 $1,708.72
Credits Washington Resident Non-Resident Non-Resident Eligible for Operating Fee Waiver Eligible Veteran or National Guard Member
1 $240.10 $674.70 $257.44 $180.08
2 $480.20 $1,349.40 $514.88 $360.15
3 $720.30 $2,024.10 $772.32 $540.23
4 $960.40 $2,698.80 $1,029.76 $720.30
5 $1,200.50 $3,373.50 $1,287.20 $900.38
6 $1,440.60 $4,048.20 $1,544.64 $1,080.45
7 $1,680.70 $4,722.90 $1,802.08 $1,260.53
8 $1,920.80 $5,397.60 $2,059.52 $1,440.60
9 $2,160.90 $6,072.30 $2,316.96 $1,620.68
10 $2,401.00 $6,747.00 $2,574.40 $1,800.75
11 $2,413.33 $6,760.25 $2,587.65 $1,810.00
12 $2,425.66 $6,773.50 $2,600.90 $1,819.25
13 $2,437.99 $6,786.75 $2,614.15 $1,828.49
14 $2,450.32 $6,800.00 $2,627.40 $1,837.74
15 $2,462.65 $6,813.25 $2,640.65 $1,846.99
16 $2,474.98 $6,826.50 $2,653.90 $1,856.24
17 $2,487.31 $6,839.75 $2,667.15 $1,865.48
18 $2,499.64 $6,853.00 $2,680.40 $1,874.73
19 $2,727.03 $7,514.99 $2,907.79 $2,045.27
20 $2,954.42 $8,176.98 $3,135.18 $2,215.81
21 $3,181.81 $8,838.97 $3,362.57 $2,386.35
22 $3,409.20 $9,500.96 $3,589.96 $2,556.89
23 $3,636.59 $10,162.95 $3,817.35 $2,727.43
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Fee Type Amount
Art Supply – Per course for ALL hybrid and in-person Art Studio courses (fully inline ART courses are excluded). Provides high quality art materials and supplies, and live model contracts, with additional funds set apart for repair and replace items such as easels. $55
Computer and Technology Lab Fee - Primarily BIT courses; Covers software, licenses, and support in specific courses.  $5 per credit
 
Intensive Computer and Technology Lab Fee - Primarily BIT courses; Covers hardware, software, licenses, support, and technology in specific courses. $8 per credit
General Science Lab Course Fee - All lab classes otherwise noted; Covers consumables and distributed wear and tear on Repair and Replace materials such as microscopes and lab coats.  $35
 
Online Science Lab Kit Fee - Fully Online Courses; For online sections of science labs with take-home kits only (replaces standard science lab fee only when a kit is provided). $20
Intensive Science Lab Course Fee - Biology 241, 242, 320 and Chemistry 254, 255; Cover proportionately higher quarter consumable costs and distributed wear and tear on Repair and Replace materials such as microscopes and lab coats. $60
Microbiology Lab Course Fee - Covers proportionately higher quarter consumable costs and distributed wear and tear on Repair and Replace materials such as microscopes and lab coats. $75 non-refundable
Learning Technology Fee - Covers supporting the cost associated with providing online learning experiences to the students in online, hybrid, and in-person/web-enhanced classes. BSTEC courses only $9 per credit (standard exclusions: ABE/CCP, independent study, study abroad) $20
per student, per course
Miscellaneous Intensive Supply Fee - Covers intensive supply needs to help defray the cost of consumable supplies and special materials. $22
Studio Art Fee - Hybrid and Campus Courses Only; Covers quality materials and live model contracts, with additional funds set apart for Repair and Replace items such as easels. $55
World Languages Lab Fee - Covers intensive supply needs to help defray the cost of consumable supplies and special materials. $11.50
Fee Type / Description Amount

Activities and Recreation (ARC) – The student body voted to assess this fee to fund the construction and operation of the Activities and Recreation Center.

The Activities and Recreation Center fee continues to be assessed for summer and fall quarters. This student-initiated fee pays back the loan for the construction of the building, pays the staff who operate the building and who are still providing online resources and activities (i.e., online fitness classes), as well as custodial and maintenance work that still needs to be done during this time. The programs within the ARC (Health & Wellness Resource Center, United Way Hub, Cascadia Student Life, Recreation & Wellness) all provide services and activities to Cascadia students.

$8.67 per credit (maximum $130.05)

Application for Admission

$0

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

$127

Late Registration Fee - This fee is for late registration after the 10th day of instruction.

$50

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

$20

Lost/Replacement Student ID Card - This fee is charged for replacing a lost or stolen Student Identification card.

$0

Parking - Parking fees, including tax, are charged per quarter. Quarterly, 2-day, 3-day parking permits may be purchased online.

Visit Parking information for rates and to purchase your permit.

 

Rates vary

Printing fee per additional unit - 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.

$10.50

These fees are mandatory for all students.Cascadia reserves the right to change tuition rates and fees without notice to comply with state or college regulations or policies.

Fee Type Description
Operating Fees

The operating fee is used locally for college operations: Instruction, Services, Facility Maintenance, etc. In addition 3.5% of these funds go into an institutional Financial Aid account.    

Building Fees – The building fee is deposited into a statewide Building Fee account and is used to pay and secure the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds payable out of the building fees and for the construction, reconstruction, erection, equipping, maintenance, demolition and major alteration of buildings and other capital assets owned by the state board for community and technical colleges.

  • Student Activities Fees (S&A Fees) – The student activities fee is allocated by a student committee to pay for programs and services designed to support student success outside the classroom. 
Fee Type Description
Computer Account $21.00 per quarter for non-credited students
Fee Type Description
Insufficient Funds - 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. $25.00 per check
Parking and Traffic Citations - Unpaid citations may result in referral to a collection agency. Amount will vary $30 - $250 depending on type of fine. There is a $10 late fee automatically assessed for fines unpaid beyond 30 days.

Pay by the Tuition Deadline

The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the Enrollment Calendar.

  • If you register for classes BEFORE the tuition deadline, you must pay tuition and fees by 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, then you must pay tuition and fees within one business day of registration. If you do not, then you may be withdrawn from all classes. 

Ways to Pay Tuition and Fees

There are three ways to pay your tuition and fees. If you have any questions, contact enrollment@cascadia.edu.  

Pay Online

Pay tuition and fees online with a VISA, Mastercard or American Express through your ctcLink account. ctcLink is the student online system, and you must be an enrolled student in order to access the student portal. Use your student ID (also known as ctcLink ID) and login password to access your account. 

How to Pay Tuition
  • Access your ctcLink account in a browser or on your mobile device
  • Select the ctcLink Login tile
  • From the menu on left, select “Full Site” at the bottom
  • From the ctcLink Gateway webpage, select on “Student Homepage” on the left menu
  • From the Tile Screen, select the “Financial Account” tile
  • Next on the upper left menu, select the “Payments” to open the drop-down menu
  • Select the “Make a Payment” option
  • Next enter your payment information and click “Submit”

Student Tuition Payment Plan

Tuition payment plans are available each quarter for a total of three installments. Fill out the Quarterly Payment Plan form for more information and to sign up for a quarterly payment plan.

Plan Details for Spring Quarter 2024

  • 1st installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment Fee are due by March 26, 2024
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) is due April 26, 2024
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due May 26, 2024

Plan Details for Summer Quarter 2024

  • 1st installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment Fee are due by July 1, 2024
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) is due July 22, 2024
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due August 12, 2024

Plan Details for Fall Quarter 2024

  • 1st installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment Fee are due by September 25, 2024
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of total tuition and fees) is due October 25, 2024
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due November 25, 2024

Please be advised that if you have an outstanding balance for any prior terms with Cascadia College, we will not be able to approve your application for a Payment Plan until the outstanding balance has been resolved. 

Pay by Mail

Send your check payment with your new student ID to:

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

  • Checks made payable to “Cascadia College” and please include ctcLink ID number in memo line
  • The mailed payments must be received by the tuition deadline date, not postmarked
  • Do not mail cash

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:

  • Due to class cancellation by the college (100% refund)
  • On or before the fifth business day of the quarter (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • in-person by end of day office hours (100% refund)
    • online through ctcLink student portal (100% refund)
  • Beginning on the sixth business day of the quarter through the 20th calendar day of the quarter 
    • in-person by end of day office hours (50% refund)
    • online through ctcLink student portal (50% refund)

Refund Petition

Exceptions to the stated refund deadlines will be considered from students who complete a Request-for-Withdrawal form , intended for extreme circumstances that relate to medical or military-related situations. Please review the instructions on the petition form to understand eligibility requirements. These forms cannot be reviewed if turned in after the end of the current term.

Refund Processing

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

  • 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 - Visit Financial Aid Repayment/Return of Title IV Funds Policy

If you are expecting a refund please be sure that we have your correct address. You can  view or change your address through the ctcLink student portal. 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). Visit the Enrollment Calendar for refund deadlines.

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. You may also view the IRS form 1098-T on your ctcLink account.

Tax ID Information

Cascadia Tax ID# 91-2010540 

Student or Taxpayer Responsibility

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 through the ctcLink student portal starting 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. 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 in the ctcLink student portal to generate your class schedules for the previous year.

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.

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

College & Career Foundations (Adult Basic Education) Waiver 

If you are enrolled in a College & Career Foundaitons program, you may qualify to have your tuition and other fees waived through a federal or grant-funded waiver program. CCF programs include ESL, GED test preparation, and English and math fundamentals.

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

Apply for Waiver

The College and Career Foundations office will help you fill out an application and interview you about your needs. Call 425-352-8158, or email ESLABE@cascadia.edu.

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.

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 enrollment@cascadia.edu 

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 enrollment@cascadia.edu 

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 enrollment@cascadia.edu 

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 non-resident tuition
  • Employment documentation must be provided each quarter and submitted to enrollment@cascadia.edu

State Employees and Public School Teachers

Permanent WA state employee working half-time or more. WA public school teacher or WA 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).

Visit Enrollment Services for waiver forms.

Senior Citizens

Washington residents age 60 or over are eligible for space available waivers. 

Visit Enrollment Services for waiver forms.

Veteran or National Guard

If you are an eligible veteran or Naitonal Guard member, you could receive a 25% tuition waiver. 

Visit Enrollment Services to complete and download the waiver form. Complete and submit the form to veterans@cascadia.edu

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

If you are a child or spouse of a totally disabled, POW/MIA, or deceased eligible veteran or Naitonal Guard member, you could receive a tuition waiver. 

Visit Enrollment Services to complete and download the waiver form.Complete and submit the form to veterans@cascadia.edu

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