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We’ll help you transition to BTC

BTC can give you career-ready skills in two years or less!

BTC accepts both traditional and non-traditional credit for equivalency to BTC courses including:

  • College/university coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • AP College Board test scores
  • Credit for prior experiential learning (for example, work or military experience)
  • Prior approved industry certifications
  • Follow the sequence below for an overview of the enrollment process or click on the tabs above for more detailed steps.

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    It’s easy and free to apply for admission!

Explore your Options

BTC offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities. Whether you have decided on a program of study, or not, there is lots of information available to help you understand your options. BTC offer’s Campus Tours, Career Exploration Workshops, New Student Workshops, and Weekly Drop In Counseling for new and prospective students.

Apply to BTC

Once you have decided on a program of study, submit an online application through the WA State Web Admissions Center. Applying online takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

Apply Now! Follow the Quick Start instructions provided by the WA State Web Admissions Center.

Within 72 business hours after applying, you will be assigned a Student Identification Number (SID).

Plan ahead! Several BTC programs have additional admissions prerequisites/requirements which must be completed before you can be considered program ready. Visit the Program & Degrees page for details.

For further information regarding admissions to special programs or applying online, contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at: 360-752-8345 or email: with questions.

Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at It’s easy, and should take only about 30 minutes to complete. This step is highly recommended however not required for admission.

You’ll need:

  • A PIN from the Department of Education. This helps them identify you when accessing your information, and acts as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent of your parent or guardian, they will need their own PIN.
  • Income records, such as W2s, copies of federal tax returns, and SSI benefits for the previous year. Dependent students will need their parents’ or guardians’ income records.
  • BTC College Code 016227

You’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. This is a summary of the information you provided. Review the SAR carefully. Make any necessary corrections online or contact Financial Aid at for help.

Other financial aid may be available to you outside of the FAFSA application, for more information visit Student Financial Resources.

Continue the admission steps on the Records Evaluation tab

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    Records Evaluation

    Giving you the credit you deserve

At BTC we help students use previously earned credit to meet BTC testing, prerequisite, general academic course requirements, and sometimes program coursework.

Transfer FAQs:

Do I need a certain grade to transfer credits?

You must earn a "C" (2.0) or better for your course to be considered for transfer credit.

What courses are accepted for transfer?

Courses are considered for transfer credit when they match the content of courses required for BTC programs. Review a list of Course Equivalencies for our most common transfer institutions.

How do I request transfer credit?

Submit the Evaluation Request form. Arrange for the Admissions and Student Resource Center to receive your official transcript from the transfer institution. Or you may hand-deliver your official, sealed transcript to Admissions and Advising.

How long does transfer credit evaluation take?

Once your records and Evaluation Request form are received, processing takes approximately 10 to 14 business days. Processing may take longer during peak registration periods.

When should I request transfer credit evaluation?

We recommend you submit your records at least two months prior to the quarter you plan to attend.

Will my transfer grades affect my BTC GPA?

Your transfer credits will not be computed in your GPA.

What about other credit transfer options?

If you have taken and earned appropriate test scores through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) test or International Baccalaureate (IB), or have earned a recognized professional or industry certification, your test scores and/or prior experience can be considered for BTC college credit.

  • Learn more about transferring AP or IB credits
  • Learn more about transferring military credit
  • Learn more about non-traditional credit and prior learning assessment (PDF | RTF)
  • Learn more about tech prep

I want to register for a class today and can’t wait 10 days for my transcripts to be evaluated. What are my options?

If you are trying to enroll in a course which requires a prerequisite, you can request a fast track evaluation during call 360-752-8345 to schedule an appointment with an advisor during General Registration dates only.

Be sure to bring your unofficial transcript and a completed Override Request Permission Slip to your appointment.

Or if you are currently attending another institution and want to take a course at BTC to transfer back, call 360-752-8345 to schedule an appointment with an advisor during General Registration dates only. Bring the following 3 items to your appointment:


Continue the admission steps on the Advising & Registration tab

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    Let’s get you enrolled!

Advising & Registration Session

Students must attend a mandatory Advising and Registration session. This session is facilitated by Academic and Career Advisors who will guide you in learning how to navigate the BTC website, find computer and campus resources that have been designed to assist you with your transition to BTC, and register for classes.

Important Notes:

  • Submit your Official Transcripts and Evaluation Request Form to the Admission’s Office. Bring your evaluation results with you to the session. If you have not received your results, bring an unofficial copy of your transcript.

  • Bring your Student ID number, and a copy of your Accuplacer test scores to the session.
  • If you have prior college credit, please review our Transcript Evaluation Process and bring an unofficial copy to the session.
  • If you are receiving L & I benefits, need an accommodation or you cannot attend an Advising & Registration session before the quarter begins please contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at 360-752-8345.
  • You are strongly encouraged to complete the College Student Inventory before your Advising Session.

You can register online for a session by visiting our Entry Services Calendar.

Additional registration resources are available to you on the Registration webpage.

Continue the admission steps on the Attend tab

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New Student Kick-Off Celebration

The New Student Kickoff Celebration is for new students to make connections, learn about resources available to them, hear useful tips for college success, and meet faculty members. This is a great opportunity to explore BTC’s campus, and mingle with other new students.

Fall 2015 Quarter Kick-Off Celebration is on Monday September 21st, from 10 am to 12:30 pm OR 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Come early for a Computer Boot Camp starting at 9 am or 4:45 pm! You can RSVP for the celebration at our Entry Services Calendar.

**PLEASE NOTE: Our daytime session may reach the max capacity, however you can still RSVP for our evening session. If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office at 360-752-8345.


Pay Tuition and Fees

You are considered "Officially Enrolled" when your tuition and fees are paid in full. Tuition and Fees are due in full by the date indicated on the College Calendar. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. To view current tuition and fee rates please visit our Tuition & Fees webpage

Pay online with a VISA or MasterCard credit (not debit) card, or at the Cashier window, College Services (CS) building, where you may use cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or financial aid award.


Student ID Card

A photo ID or Student ID card (available for $8.00 at the Campus Store) is required for some registration transactions. Your Student ID qualifies you for discounts on Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus passes and at many local vendors, plus access to the Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College libraries.


Find textbook lists. Or, take your printed class schedule to the Campus Store, in the Campus Center (CC) building. Tip: We do NOT recommend purchasing texts for any other quarter than the current one in which you are registered.


If you are taking any online or hybrid classes, be sure to setup and check your BTC email for instructions on how to access your classes. To setup your email and to explore your online classes, please visit the Student login page