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2020-21 State Support and Student Costs for Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

The purpose of this document is to inform colleges of the disclosure requirements listed in RCW 28B.15.0681 and to provide sample language they may use in their disclosure statement.  The statute directs institutions of higher education to disclose the following information on “tuition billing statements” for resident undergraduate students.

  • The full cost of instruction
  • The amount collected from student tuition
  • The difference between the full cost of instruction and student tuition.

In addition to the requirement to provide information on a student’s “tuition billing statement”, colleges may, at their discretion, provide the information via brochures, websites, etc.

Amounts in the table below represent an average for a full-time equivalent, lower division resident student attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2020-21.

  Resident Undergraduate Percent
Total Instructional Support Per Student FTE* $10,557  
Tuition Operating Fee** $3,351 32%
Net State Support per Student FTE*** $7,206 68%

*Total Instructional Support is composed of Tuition Operating Fee and Net State Support.

**The Tuition Operating Fee is equal to the operating fee for a full-time student in lower division classes.

***Net State Support is the amount paid by the state from various sources including taxes and other funds.

Sample -Educational Cost Statement:

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2020-21 academic year is $10,557.  Students pay an average of $3,351 in tuition toward this cost.  The remaining $7,206 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources.  The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student.  The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.

Public Records Contacts

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  Nolan Wheeler, VP Administration

  Administration Building, Rm 203

  (360) 442-2200       Fax: (360) 442-2129


  Wendy Hall, VP Effectiveness & College Relations

  (360) 442-2491


  Angie Rogers, Institutional Research Associate

  (360) 442-2490

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