Tuition and fee rates are set by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), which acts upon legislative authority. The below chart shows the basic tuition for state-supported courses per credit per quarter for resident, non-resident and international students. Additional fees are described below the tuition rates.
Estimated tuition and fees for the academic year (three quarters), based on 15 credits per quarter.
(not included: room and board, child care, transportation or some miscellaneous fees). Compare tuition and college costs at Washington Student Achievement Council.
See also: HB 1795 disclosures about sources of institutional revenue received, and uses of tuition revenue collected.
(Operating Fees Only Waiver)
Washington State Resident students must verify that they have lived in Washington for one year and have established residency in the State of Washington, including U.S. Citizenship. If residency cannot be determined at the time of registration, the student will be required to pay non-resident tuition and fees. Complete residency rules are detailed in RCW 28B.15.012.
Students who are not a permanent resident or U.S. Citizen may be eligible for reduced tuition, if they have resided in Washington State for three years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school or completed the equivalent of a high school diploma. To determine eligibility, contact the LCC Registrar at (360) 442-2372.
Residents of Oregon Border Counties (Columbia, Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Washington) for 90 days may qualify for a reduced rate.
Individuals who have lived in the State of Washington for 90 days or more and who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents, as defined by the INS, may pay this rate.
Those who are not eligible to pay the “Resident Students,” “Oregon Border County Residents,” or “Non-Resident: Operating Fees Only Waiver” rates, above, pay this rate.
Veterans of the Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan conflicts may be eligible for reduced tuition and fees. For details see lowercolumbia.edu/veterans or visit the Veterans’ Office in the Student Center.
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 applicable fees. Audit rate applies to credit classes only.
Students may qualify for reduced tuition if they are a:
For details, contact the Registration Office, (360) 442-2370.
In addition to tuition, LCC students may be assessed fees based on program and course selections. Current charges are listed in the class schedule and on this page above.
Students enrolling in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses pay $25 per quarter.
Students enrolled in apprenticeship programs pay per credit ($54.00) and per clock hour ($3.60) fees. They also pay the Technology, Facilities, Tutoring Center and Fitness Center Upgrade fees.
A fee of $27.10 per class is charged for certain classes identified in the course listings section of the catalog.
A fee is charged for courses that use LCC’s Learning Management System, CANVAS or other online systems. The Distance Education fee is $6.00 per credit (up to10 credits) for each class. Distance Education Hybrid and Enhanced classes require a Distance Education fee of $3.00 per credit (up to 10 credits).
Students enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses pay $25 per quarter.
Quarterly tuition includes a $1.60 per credit (up to 18 credits) fee for facilities maintenance and college security.
Quarterly tuition includes a $2.50 per credit (up to 10 credits) fee to fund an upgrade of the campus fitness center.
The Fitness Center Use fee is a flat $20.00 per student per quarter.
Students enrolling in GED preparation courses pay $25 per quarter.
$120 for first time on all four tests. Re-testing: $30 per test.
Students taking courses to earn a high school diploma are charged a per credit fee based upon residency status ($53.80 per credit for residents and $107.59 for non-residents). They also pay the Technology, Facilities, Tutoring Center, Matriculation, Fitness Center Use and Fitness Center Upgrade fees.
All new LCC students are provided with an identification (ID) card. ID cards are required for campus services such as the library, computer labs and testing centers. Student ID cards are available in the LCC Bookstore. The ID card is NOT issued quarterly; it is valid for the duration of the student’s time at LCC. The charge for a replacement ID card is $10.00.
Nonrefundable lab fees are collected for certain classes. Where applicable, this fee is shown with class listings in the class schedule.
Eligible LCC employees pay $10 per class, plus applicable fees.
Quarterly tuition includes a matriculation fee of $1.50/credit, up to 10 credits.
All LCC students are provided with a parking permit each year at no charge once tuition arrangements have been made. Permits are valid for the entire academic year (fall through summer). Permits can be picked up at Cashiering in Admissions. The charge for a replacement parking permit is $10.00.
Residents pay $96.53 per credit above 18 credits.
Running Start students will be charged tuition for college credits exceeding 15 in any one quarter (charged at the 1-10 credit tuition rates for 16 credits and above). This does not apply to those enrolled in vocational programs or at Skills Centers. Running Start students are responsible for paying applicable college fees.
Quarterly tuition includes a $3.00 per credit (up to 12 credits) technology fee. A photo ID card, which serves as your activities card, library card and computer lab card, is issued as part of this fee. The ID card is not issued quarterly; it is valid as long as you are at LCC. See "ID Card Replacement" for lost, stolen, or damaged cards.
A $10.00 fee is charged for each official transcript requested. Unofficial transcripts can be printed from the online services page on the LCC website.
Quarterly tuition includes a $.50 per credit fee (up to 10 credits) to fund tutoring services available to all LCC students in most courses.
Vocational students taking over 18 credits who meet certain requirements pay only $7 per credit (residents); non-residents over 18 credits pay $28.