Students are not officially registered until tuition and fees have been paid in full to the college or contracted for full
payment with a deferred payment plan for monthly tuition payment (see below). Payments must be received prior to
the posted tuition deadline. Payments can be made online through the college website, through the mail or in person at the cashier's office.
VISA, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for online payment of tuition and
fees (except at SVI). These credit cards, debit cards and checks in the exact amount of the tuition and fees are also
accepted for payment at the cashier’s window. Cashiers are located near the Registration Offices at each of the
Seattle Central College(206) 934-4108
North Seattle College (206) 934-3627
South Seattle College(206) 934-5388
Seattle Vocational Institute(206) 934-4947
Each of the Seattle Colleges offers a deferred payment service through a third-party sponsor. Enrollment in
this program enables students to make automated monthly tuition payments from a bank account, debit card or credit
card. Students must have a tuition/fee balance of $100 or more to be eligible for this option. Students taking Continuing
Education classes and International students are not eligible for this option. For further information:
Tuition at community and technical colleges in Washington State is charged by credits, rather than by part-time or
full-time status. In addition to credit load, tuition is also determined by residency*. International students are
required to carry a credit load of 12 or more to maintain their status. Tuition and fees are set by the Washington State Legislature and are subject to change.
*See Step 1 - Residency Requirements.
For each credit between 19 and 25 —
Resident / On-Campus / eLearning .................................................... $ 96.26
(U.S. citizen; INS Permanent Resident)
Non-resident/ On-Campus ............................................................... $ 268.26
Tuition Rates for Distance/eLearning, BAS Degrees, International Students
Tuition Rates for Distance/eLearning:
Tuition Rates for Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees:
Tuition Rates for International Students:
Costs for Non-credit Classes and Pre-College Courses
Several programs have lower tuition rates, including Adult Basic Education, GED
Preparation, pre-college level English as a Second Language (ESL) and Running Start.
Consult with the appropriate department for costs.
Non-credit Continuing Education classes have varied rates. Please see the Registration
Office or Quarterly Class Schedule of any of our colleges for information about these
special rates and fees, or for information about enrolling, paying fees, or more detail:
Student fees vary each year and are approved by the State
Legislature or the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees.
Students pay a variety of fees each quarter. Typical fees
For current fees related to registration and attendance,
go to the quarterly class schedules.
Special Program Fees
Please refer to the quarterly schedule for each campus for
other fees, program-specific fees, and class fees, including
those related to Adult Basic Education, GED, High School
and Apprentice programs.
Non-Credit & Community Service Program Fees
Please refer to quarterly class schedule for each campus
for fees associated with non-credit and community
Please refer to the campus website or class schedule
for other fees, such as GED fee, transcript fee, testing
or placement fees, or work experience evaluation fee.
Permanent Washington state employees working 50% of
full-time equivalency (FTE) may register on a space-available
basis using the State Tuition Waiver. For detailed information on this waiver, please contact your Human Resources department or go to this website:
Waivers for Veterans
*See Step 2 - Financial Assistance for Veterans.
The Washington State Legislature has approved other
tuition waivers. That information can be found by visiting
the financial aid office at each of our colleges. There is
preliminary information available at www.sbctc.ctc.edu/
Student injury and sickness insurance is available to students registered for 6 or more credits. Provided by
Summit America Insurance Services, L.C., the policy provides broad coverage at a comparatively inexpensive
rate. Student insurance must be purchased during the first two weeks of each quarter. For more information,
Tuition and fees (those that are refundable) will be
refunded if complete or partial withdrawal from classes
is accomplished within the first twenty (20) calendar days
of the regular college quarter starting date (District Procedure
605.30.1). Fees and tuition refunds are returned
automatically once students have officially dropped online
or in person with the refund schedule below:
Withdrawal resulting from classes
canceled by college . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%
During the first five (5) instructional days
of the college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100%*
From the sixth (6) instructional day through the
twentieth (20) calendar day of the
college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50%*
No refunds after the first twenty (20) calendar
days of the college quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%
*Subject to administrative fee of $6.00.
There is no charge for dropping classes if no refund is
involved. Allow at least two weeks from the time of payment
for refund processing.
Refunds to financial aid recipients will be refunded to the
appropriate financial aid account as required by federal
and state regulations, including those students who are
dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Students may be required
to return financial aid funds to the college if federal or state
regulations require the college to do so.
International students who attend one of the Seattle Community
Colleges on a visa and make advance payments
must have enrolled at the college in the quarter for which
they are requesting a refund and must provide documentation
establishing extenuating circumstances, such as visa
denial or medical reasons.
Withdrawal prior to 1st class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
During the first 5 calendar days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80%
From the 6th through the 14th calendar days . . . . . . . . . 50%
No refund after the 14th calendar day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%
Before 48 hours prior to first day class . . . . . . . . . . . .100%*
No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours
of start of class or after class begins . . 0%
*Subject to administrative fee
Seattle Central College: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .varies
Due to the wide array of programs offered by Seattle Central’s Continuing and Professional Education, refund
policies are tailored to specific programs and courses. For specific refund information, call (206) 934-5476.
Disciplinary Reasons: No refund will be given to a student who is dismissed from the District
for disciplinary reasons. (Policy 605.30.4)
Failure to follow procedures:
No refund will be given to a student who fails to follow official withdrawal procedures. (Policy 605.30.4)
Summer quarter, short or irregular courses:
Shorter courses, programs and summer quarter will also be refunded, but on appropriately shortened time frames.
Parking fees will be refunded only in the case of 100% withdrawal from the college, in which case the
fees will be refunded on the same schedule as tuition. (Policy 605.30.7)
Tuition is subject to change by the Washington State
Legislature and approval by the State Board for Community
and Technical Colleges. The Seattle College
District reserves the right to change any of its fees or
charges without notice.
Costs and expenses that result from collecting unpaid
tuition and fees will be added to the total owed to the
colleges, according to state laws RCW 28B.10.293 and
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
For more information visit
Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.