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Tuition, Fees, Cost Estimates

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.

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.

Fall Quarter Tuition & Fees are estimated each year and then are recalculated to reflect increases approved by the Legislature and Board of Trustees after those decisions are finalized, usually by early August. Updated student account balances due will be emailed before the Fall Tuition and Fee due date.

2019-2020 rates and balances are final as of 7/10/19.

  • TUITION
    Tuition rates
  • FEES
    Types of fees, fee amounts
  • RUNNING START COST
    What does Running Start cover? What cost is there for Running Start students?
  • COST ESTIMATES
    Program by program estimates including tuition, program fees and class fees. How to calculate your tuition based on number of credits.

Tuition and Fee Payment Due Dates

Tuition and fee due dates are posted on our BTC Campus 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

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

*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.

Related Information

Assistance? See Student Financial Resources

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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

Self-Support classes charge fees only (no tuition) and are not subject to Washington State Residency Requirements. Students taking State Funded classes must Apply to BTC and have Residency determined.


2019- 2020 Tuition Rates per Credit

    WA Resident (classes numbered 80-299)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $114.98
  • Credits 11 - 18     $64.04
  • Credits 19 +       $107.96
    Out-of-State BTC Tuition Waiver (classes numbered 80-299)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $145.95
  • Credits 11 - 18     $71.29
  • Credits 19 +        $144.25
    Non-Resident (classes numbered 80-299)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $292.85
  • Credits 11 - 18     $71.29
  • Credits 19 +        $285.83

2019- 2020 Tuition Rates per Credit - Baccalaureate Classes

    WA Resident - Baccalaureate (300 and 400 level classes)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $219.83
  • Credits 11 - 18     $20.24
  • Credits 19 +        $212.81
    Out-of-State BTC Tuition Waiver - Baccalaureate (300 and 400 level classes)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $287.96
  • Credits 11 - 18     $21.01
  • Credits 19 +        $287.96
    Non-Resident - Baccalaureate (300 and 400 level classes)
  • Credits   1 - 10   $619.25
  • Credits 11 - 18     $21.01
  • Credits 19 +        $612.23
    Note to Baccalaureate students
  • If you are taking more than 10 credits and your classes include both Baccalaureate 300-400 level classes AND ALSO 100-200 level classes in the same quarter, email registration@btc.edu for us to check that you are not being overcharged.

See Cost Estimates for how to calculate your tuition.


Running Start

WA State Residency

TUITION & FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

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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

    Are included as part of your tuition

Program and Class Fees

    Address distinct and specified costs such as lab assistants, supplies, materials, equipment, rentals, software licensing, replacement and upgrade, maintenance, and other operational costs.

Student Fees

    $59-120 - Certified Background for Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Registered Nursing, Surgery Technology, and Veterinary Technician students

    2019-2020 rates effective August 1, 2019

    ***$10.25 - Official Transcript order online (No cost for unofficial transcript)

    ***$10.00 - Replacement Degree/Certificate (per copy)

Additional Costs

    Students are responsible for purchasing books, materials and supplies, as well as uniforms and tools if applicable for your program of study.

    Self-Support classes charge fees only (no tuition).

Running Start

TUITION & FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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What does Running Start cover?

Running Start eligible credits are tuition free!

Tuition for credits not eligible to be covered by Running Start and all fee costs are the responsibility of the student.

For you to be eligible for Running Start each quarter

  • Your Running Start Enrollment Verification form must be complete to be valid.
  • The number of college credits you are allowed for Running Start at BTC is determined by your High School and is based on the number of high school FTE (full time equivalent) you are attending your High School.

For your classes to be Running Start eligible

Each class must meet all of these guidelines to qualify as Running Start and tuition free (but there are fees).
  • College level class (100-400 level, not below 100, not in 900 level)
  • Credit class – for College credit (not non-credit or non-graded)
  • State Support (not self-support)
  • Approved by the high school on the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form
  • Required as part of the program you are admitted into or toward High School graduation
  • Within the allowed hours/credits (FTE’s) indicated on the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form
  • You will be attending class all quarter (not challenging the class – If you challenge a class, you will be required to pay full price.)
  • Class is taken during Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters (Running Start is not available Summer quarter. Summer students pay full price.)

For more information, contact the Running Start Advisor at 360.752.8385 or e-mail rstart@btc.edu.

What cost do Running Start students pay?

Running Start students pay tuition for credits which are not Running Start eligible. Students pay program and class fees; for books, materials and supplies; and for uniforms and tools.

Tuition

    Running Start students are charged resident rate tuition for credits which are not Running Start eligible. After Running Start eligible credits, the next 10 credits are at the 1-10 credit resident rate; with any additional credits after that at the 11-18 credits resident rate. Many programs at BTC require more than 15 credits per quarter. See Tuition Rates and Cost Estimates.

Fees

    Running Start Fee

      The Running Start Fee is made up of the Administrative, Operating, Building, and Student Approved Fees. It appears as a tuition line item.

      2019-2020 Running Start Fee is $9.03 per Running Start eligible credit.

      Low Income? Contact the Running Start advisor at rstart@btc.ctc.edu or call 360-752-8385 if you think you may qualify for the Low Income Running Start Waiver which waives the Running Start Fee.

    Program and Class Fees

      Running Start students are responsible to pay all program and class fees.

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

Additional Costs

    Running Start students are responsible for purchasing books, materials and supplies, as well as uniforms and tools if applicable for your program of study.

    Running Start students pay Student Fees for applicable services. See Fees for more information.

When is payment due for Running Start students?

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

  • Summer: mid-June (full price - no Running Start in Summer)
  • *Fall:  mid-August    (request extension if needed - see note*)
  • 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.

When you meet with our Running Start Advisor, learn about financial assistance and eligibility requirements for Running Start students.

TUITION & FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Estimated Quarterly Program Costs

Tuition and Program/Class Fee Estimates by Program

2019-2020 Tuition and Fee Estimates by Degree Program

This document provides estimates of average tuition and average program and class fees based on average credits per quarter for each program.

To calculate total cost, multiply the appropriate estimate by the number of quarters indicated. Classes taken prior to admission into program are not included; use General Education estimates to calculate these based on your academic plan which can be created with an advisor.

Books, Tools and Supplies Cost Estimates by Program

See individual program page in Degrees and Classes for cost of books, materials, supplies, uniforms,and tools applicable for your program of study.

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

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, then calculate 5 credits at the "Credits 11-18" rate,and add these figures together.
  3. If you take more than 18 credits, all three rates are used to calculate your total tuition.

Self-Support classes charge fees only (no tuition), so add the total cost of a self-support class after calculating your tuition and fees for program or General Education classes.

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
  • Dean permission required to exceed 26 credits

Baccalaureate Students

  • Taking Upper Level (300 and 400 level) classes only - calculate as indicated above
  • Taking Upper Level (300 and 400 level) classes AND Lower Level (100 and 200 level) classes - calculate each level separately as indicated above, then add together
  • If you are taking more than 10 credits and your classes include both Baccalaureate 300-400 level classes AND ALSO 100-200 level classes in the same quarter, email registration@btc.edu for us to check that you are not being overcharged.