Transfer Student

We’ll help you transition to BTC

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 (ex. work or military experience)
  • Prior approved industry certifications

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

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. To transfer coursework from another college or institution to BTC it must meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have applied to BTC and have a student identification (SID) number. 

  • Official college or institution transcripts must be submitted. Contact the previous college or institution you attended and request an Official Transcript. Official transcripts can be sent to the following address: 

  • Bellingham Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 or to if you are requesting an electronic official transcript to be sent. 

  • Official Transcripts being submitted by the student must be sealed by the college or institution. Opened transcripts will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for transfer of credits. 

  • You must earn a "C" (2.0) or better for your course to be considered for transfer credit. Note: requirements may be higher for specific programs, be sure to check the Entry tab of your program page.

Once your transcripts have arrived to BTC, processing takes approximately 10 to 14 business days.  Processing may take longer during peak registration periods, please plan ahead. You will receive transcript evaluation results to your email that you provided in the BTC application. 

Veterans:  The Department of Veterans Affairs requires that any other college transcripts and military training transcript be evaluated for transfer-in credit. This is not an optional step – all transcripts must be evaluated prior to admission.  You will need to have official copies of your transcripts from previous colleges and your Joint Services Transcript (JST SMART Transcript) delivered to BTC. View more information about evaluation, benefits and certification on the Veterans Support page.

International Transcripts: You will need to have your transcripts evaluated through one of the following independent credit evaluation services: 

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BTC offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities. Whether you have decided on a program of study, or not, there is a lot of information available to help you understand your options. Use the following resources while exploring your potential pathways.

Areas of Study

Estimated Program Costs

Schedule a Campus Tour

Guide From Foster Care to College

College Guide for Low-Income Students

Apply Now!  

Submit an online application through the Washington State Web Admissions Center. Applying online takes approximately 15 minutes, and it’s free!

Within five (5) business days of submitting your application, you will receive your Welcome to BTC email with your assigned Student Identification Number (SID). Sometimes this email can be sent to your junk/spam folders, so be sure to check there too! 

If you have previously attended BTC and are looking to re-enroll, or if you applied to BTC previously and never attended, and it has been longer than one (1) year since you last submitted the application, please resubmit the application to BTC.

Plan ahead!

Several BTC programs have additional admissions prerequisites/requirements which must be completed before you can be considered program ready. Visit the program-specific Degrees & Certificates pages for details.

For further information regarding admissions to special programs or applying online, contact the Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345 or 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:

  • An FSA ID from the Department of Education site. 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 FSA ID. Get your FSA ID here.

  • 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 the Student Financial Resources page.

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

Assessing Your Starting Point

There are multiple measures to assess your starting point at BTC:

  • Submit transcripts to Admissions & Advising from other colleges attended for evaluation.

  • Submit High School English and/or math GPAs to Admissions & Advising from within the last five years for evaluation.

  • Submit SAT and ACT test scores to Admissions & Advising for evaluation.

  • Submit other test scores to Admissions & Advising for evaluation (Compass, Asset, etc.).

  • Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment if test scores and/or transcripts do not meet the minimum requirements after evaluation. Visit the Assessment Center page for more information, including Assessment Center hours.


Transfer FAQs:

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Advising & Registration

Students must attend a mandatory GET Started appointment. Meet with Admissions & Advising staff as they help you navigate your Goals, create an Education Plan, and become Tech Ready.

Making a GET Started Appointment, please fill out the form located at and an Admissions & Advising staff member will call you to schedule a time that will work best for you.

Important Notes:
  • The Transfer Evaluation or ACCUPLACER assessment must be completed prior to attending the appointment.

  • If you are receiving L & I benefits, need an accommodation, or you cannot attend a GET Started appointment before the quarter begins, please contact Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345.

If you have questions about the GET Started appointment please contact Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345 or

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

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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is for new students to connect with faculty, staff, and students. Meet program faculty and tour your program. Learn about campus resources and what to expect your first quarter.

You can sign up for New Student Orientation online from our college calendar. The orientation will take place in Settlemyer Hall, located in Campus Center.

If you have any questions please contact the Student Life Director at 360.752.8587 or

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 pay at the Cashier window, located on the main floor of the 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 is required for some registration transactions.

Student ID cards are available, at no cost, in the Student Center - CC 300 (3rd floor, Campus Center building). Please bring photo ID during normal business hours.

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, located 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 set up and check your BTC email for instructions on how to access your classes. To set up your email and explore your online classes, please visit the Student Links page.

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Hours & Contacts

Regular Hours

BTC is operating remotely - email and calls only
M to Th: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Virtual Assistance Hours

Admissions Virtual Assistance
Tu to Th: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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