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Options for paying your tuition and fees

There are several ways to pay for college:

  1. Pay out of Pocket
  2. Set up a Payment Plan, and/or
  3. Access Financial Aid (Financial aid includes both grants and student loans)

Make sure you meet the appropriate deadlines to ensure you stay enrolled in your classes. Tuition due dates are posted on the Academic Calendar.

Students who have not made arrangements to pay by the deadline will be dropped from classes. If you are dropped for nonpayment, contact registration@lowercolumbia.edu to request to be added back to your classes. In order to re-enroll in classes, you must immediately pay your balance in full or complete all missing financial aid requirements.

Payment options include cash, check, debit/credit card, Visa or MasterCard.

Pay Online

Paying online is easy and secure. You can use your credit or debit card to pay in full. Log in to ctcLink and select the "Financial Account" tile and follow the Make a Payment Instructions.

Pay over the phone

Contact Cashiering at (360) 442-2210

A Tuition Payment Plan is available for students who are interested in making smaller, more convenient monthly payments.

You might need a payment plan if ...

  • You’re paying for school on your own
  • Financial aid didn't cover all your tuition and fees
  • You missed the financial aid deadline and your financial aid won’t be processed in time

Payments Plans can ONLY be set up online in your ctcLink account. Payments are automatically charged to a credit/debit card or withdrawn directly from a bank account. Enrollment by target dates is required, so be sure to check out the Tuition Payment Plan page.

Setting up Your Payment Plan

Before setting up your payment plan, you should ...

  • Be registered for classes
  • Have your ctcLink ID number
  • Know that the $30 non-refundable fee for setting up a payment plan will be processed IMMEDIATELY

Click the Tuition Payment Plan button for instructions on setting up your payment plan in your ctcLink Student account.

How to Enroll in the Payment Plan

  1. Register for your classes.
  2. Enroll in the Payment Plan by the Target Enrollment Dates listed on the Tuition Payment Plan page.
    • You will need your credit/debit card information, or bank routing number (located at the bottom of your deposit slip or checks)
    • To enroll navigate to your Student Homepage on your ctcLink account > Financial Account > Payment Plans > Nelnet Payment Plan
    • Click on the gray tile to redirect you to the Nelnet site

If you need help, call Cashiering at (360) 442-2210.

Financial aid includes both grants and student loans. Students are responsible for checking ctcLink for missing financial aid requirements. Click here for instructions on checking your financial aid status and missing documents in ctcLink. Students who have applied for financial aid and completed all requested documents can register and make arrangements to delay tuition payment until their award is processed.

Students who have been approved for financial aid by the priority application deadline will automatically have their classes held.

If financial aid funds will not be processed in time, you have the option to enroll in the payment plan and be reimbursed when your funds become available.

If you plan to use student loans, you must complete additional steps and accept your student loans in ctcLink or you will be dropped from your classes after the payment deadline. Click here for information about using student loans at LCC.

Special Audit Rate for Senior Citizens

If space is available after the first class meeting, Washington residents 60 or older may audit up to two classes for $2.50 per class plus $1.50 per credit Facilities and applicable lab fees.

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