A wealth of information is at your fingertips! Learn to understand what you will be charged for classes and resources to support you in paying for it. How does the money side of college work at Bellingham Technical College? Read all about it!

How much will it cost?

Cost by Degree and Certificate

This information is available from each Degree and Certificate page. Please note that this is our best estimate. Costs may be subject to change.

Cost Estimates for General Education Classes

How much will a quarter of General Education classes cost?

  • See estimates for your Residency Classification
  • Add $50 to estimate for each lab science class
  • Plus books, materials and supplies
  • Note that Program Classes charge additional program fees - see specific program information
  • WA State Resident

    •   5 credits General Education   $  595
    • 10 credits General Education   $1,180
    • 15 credits General Education   $1,510
  • Out-of-State BTC Waiver

    •   5 credits General Education   $  755
    • 10 credits General Education   $1,500
    • 15 credits General Education   $1,860
  • Non-Resident

    •   5 credits General Education   $1,485
    • 10 credits General Education   $2,965
    • 15 credits General Education   $3,325

Related Information

Your residency status will affect your tuition rate. For more information, see Tuition below and see Residency information.

Check our BTC Campus Store for more information regarding books, supplies, tools and more.


State Support and Student Costs

The following information has been provided by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

2019- 2020 State Support and Student Costs

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2019-2020 academic year is $9,565. Students pay an average of $3,269 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $6,296 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.

HB 1795 disclosure

Primary sources of operating funds received by community and technical colleges are available in the HB 1795 disclosure document.

How will I afford it?


Explore these resources to see what fits into your college financial plan

Student Financial Resources
Payment Plan
Running Start
IMPACT! (Youth Re-engagemeant)

Tuition and Fees

2020-2021 rates and balances are final as of 5/21/2020.

Annual tax statement for tuition and fees paid

FAQs regarding the 1098T

View your 1098T in myBTC portal under "Finance > 1098T Tax Credit".


Bellingham Technical College tuition rates are set according to the Washington Community College Tuition Rate Schedule based on legislative authorization provided in ESHB 1087 Section 604(4).

Following the Washington State Community College Tuition Rate Schedule allows BTC to offer Direct Transfer Agreements (DTAs) and Major Related Programs of Study. More information on DTAs and MRPs.

Students taking State Funded classes must Apply to BTC and have Residency determined.

Tuition Rates

Rates posted are for the 2020-2021 academic year effective 5/21/2020.

See related topic of Residency information.

Select Residency classification or Waiver type to view rates by credits.

  • Washington State Resident

    Associate Degree and Certificate Resident rate per credit
    • Credits 1-10     $117.47
    • Credits 11-18     $65.24
    • Credits 19+       $110.45
    Baccalaureate Resident rate per credit (300 & 400 level classes)
    • Credits 1-10     $224.94
    • Credits 11-18     $20.34
    • Credits 19+       $217.92
  • Out-of-State / BTC Tuition Waiver

    Associate Degree and Certificate Out-of-State / BTC Tuition Waiver rate per credit
    • Credits 1-10     $149.22
    • Credits 11-18     $72.52
    • Credits 19+       $147.63
    Baccalaureate Out-of-State / BTC Tuition Waiver rate per credit (300 & 400 level classes)
    • Credits 1-10     $294.78
    • Credits 11-18     $21.14
    • Credits 19+       $294.78
  • Non-Resident

    Associate Degree and Certificate Non-Resident rate per credit
    • Credits 1-10     $295.71
    • Credits 11-18     $72.52
    • Credits 19+       $288.69
    Baccalaureate Non-Resident rate per credit (300 & 400 level classes)
    • Credits 1-10     $624.73
    • Credits 11-18     $21.14
    • Credits 19+       $617.71
  • Running Start

    The 2020-2021 Running Start Fee is $9.03 per Running Start eligible credit.
To Calculate your Tuition
  1. Start by calculating your first 10 credits at the "Credits 1-10" rate.
  2. If you take more than 10 credits, your 11th credit is discounted.
    For example, for 15 credits, calculate 10 credits at the "Credits 1-10" rate.
  3. Then calculate 5 credits at the "Credits 11-18" rate, and add these figures together.

If you are also taking Self-Support classes, do not include these credits in calculating your tuition since Self-Support classes charge only fees.

Taking Baccalaureate classes?

Are you are taking more than 10 credits of Baccalaureate classes (300-400 level) AND ALSO taking a 100-200 level class in the same quarter? If yes, it may be less expensive to pay the Baccalaureate rate for your lower level class. Please email registration@btc.edu for us to check for you.

Credit Status
  • 6 credits = part-time
  • 9 credits = 3/4 time
  • 12 credits = full-time
Typical Full-Time Credit Load
  • Academic Classes only - 12-15 credits per quarter
  • Vocational Instruction - 15-22 credits per quarter (includes hands-on lab time)
  • Maximum credits per quarter - 26 credits
    Permission is required to exceed 26 credits. Talk with your Advisor or Faculty.


BTC adjusts tuition and fees annually, according to state regulations and program and course costs. Adjustments are effective as soon as they are implemented, which may be during the academic year—so check here for up-to-date information.

Administrative, Operating, Building, and Student Approved Fees

Administrative, Operating, Building, and Student Approved Fees are included as part of your tuition.

Running Start Fee

The Running Start fee for 2019-2020 is $9.03 per Running Start eligible credit. The Running Start fee consists of the Administrative, Operating, Building, and Student Approved Fees which are a tuition line item.

Program and Class Fees

Program fees and class fees address distinct and specified program and class costs such as lab assistants, supplies, materials, equipment, rentals, software licensing, replacement and upgrade, maintenance, and other operational costs.

Self-Support Class Fee

Self-Support classes charge fees only (no tuition) and are not subject to Washington State Residency Requirements.

Fee rates for Self-Support classes are set specifically for each class.

Fees for Particular Services

2020-2021 rates effective August 1, 2019

  • $10.25 - Official Transcript - order online (No cost for unofficial transcript)
  • $10.00 - Replacement Degree/Certificate (per copy)
  • $59-120 - Certified Background Check for Health Programs

Payment and Due Dates

Payment in Full

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.

Payment must be made in full, fully-funded, or a payment plan set up by the payment due date to remain enrolled.

Tuition and Fee Payment Due Dates

Tuition and fee due dates are posted on our College Calendar. Students can see upcoming dates in myBTC portal. Generally, payment due dates are as follows.

  • Summer: mid-June
  • *Fall: mid-August
  • Winter: mid-December
  • Spring: mid-March

*Fall Quarter Running Start students who register during the summer and are not able to obtain the Running Start Enrollment Verification form before the payment due date may request a payment extension. Contact Registration 360.752.8350 or registration@btc.edu.

Payments can be made

  • Online at www.btc.edu/pay (Visa or MasterCard)

  • Online at www.btc.edu/mybtc (AMEX or Bank Account ACH - $2 charge)

  • By dropping a check or money order in the payments drop box outside the College Services building
  • By mailing a check to Business Office BTC, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225-1599

Refund Policy

Our Refund Policy is published in the BTC catalog.

Note that there are three sections to the Refund Policy.

  • State Funded
  • Self-Support
  • Refund Information

Please see the specific part of the policy that pertains to the type of classes you are taking. In Take a Class, Self-Support classes are indicated by an “S” symbol.

If you have questions, you may inquire at registration@btc.edu.

Hours & Contacts

Regular Hours

BTC is operating remotely - email and calls only
M-Th 8:00am-5:00pm
F 8:00am-12:00pm

Online Hours

M-F 7:00am-9:00pm
Sat 7:00am-Mon 7:00am