Save substantially by attending your first two years at Lower Columbia College, then transferring and completing year 3 and 4 at a university. Lower Columbia College also offers affordable housing and a low cost of living.

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Tuition, Fees & Living Expenses

General estimate on cost of attending LCC is based on minimum full-time enrollment of 15 credits per quarter for a total of 3 quarters. The first 10 credit hours are charged at $294.11 per credit hour. Additional credits beyond 10 are charged at $65.08 per credit hour. Full time enrollment for iESL is 18 credit hours, and adds $193.59 per quarter (3 additional credits at $64.53 per credit).

Tuition and educational expenses vary depending on course selections, housing and meal choices, personal spending and number of credits enrolled. Tuition rates are established by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and are subject to change.

2018 - 2019 Estimated Tuition and Living Expenses

The academic year is 9 months.

Total estimated cost of attendance for an academic year (9 months):



  • Tuition and fees for typical course load of 15 credits: $9,772.5
  • Books and supplies (estimate): $870 (books must be purchased by students and are not included with tuition)
  • Health insurance: $372 full year coverage is required (cost higher for students over the age of 24) 
  • Housing*: $3,375 (single room in shared apartment) or $5,850 (home stay)
      • Food is not included for apartments, estimated additional cost: $2,475
      • Food is included for home stay, no additional cost 
  • Personal Expenses (estimate): $1,835.5

Application fee: $50

Housing application fee: $300

Housing application fee covers the cost for furnishing and preparing apartments for move-in, or for the recruitment, training and support of host families for home stays

Acceptable Payment Methods

Credit Card payments may be made by phone by calling the LCC Cashier at (360) 442-2210 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00pm Pacific Time.

Complete the Payment Authorization and mail it with your check to:
Lower Columbia College
Attn: Cashiering
1600 Maple Street
Longview WA 98632, USA

Pay in person during regular business hours at the LCC Cashier located in the Admissions Center. Must have Photo ID.

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