Tuition & Fees

Notice: Beginning with Fall Quarter 2019, the Legislature has approved a tuition increase of 2.4% for the 2019-2020 academic year. Be sure to check your student portal for any outstanding balances.

Choosing a community college like South Seattle College is a sound financial decision.  With lower tuition and fees compared to four-year state and private institutions, you can save thousands over the course of your education.  Below you will find general information and tuition and fee tables.  

General Information

  • Tuition and most fees are set by the Washington State Legislature.  Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.
  • Tuition Due Date
  • Payment Policy and Refund Schedule
  • Payment options and instructions.
  • Returned Checks: A handling fee of $30 is charged for any returned checks and the student will be automatically dropped from classes when returned checks are written for tuition.
  • Pursuant to state law (RCW 28B.10.293 and RCW 19.16.500) any debts to the college will be increased by costs and expenses incurred in the collection of such debts.
  • Student Campus Enhancement Fee: In Spring 2015, students voted and approved a self-imposed fee for Campus Enhancement to fund, as a first project, the building of a Wellness Center. This quarterly fee was approved at $9 per credit, up to 10 credits, and will be included beginning with Winter quarter 2016 tuition calculations. Learn More.
  • The Non-Resident, Waiver Eligible tuition is available to out-of-state permanent residents or citizens of the United States as part of the tuition reduction announced in Fall 2015. International students and other non-residents will continue to pay the Non-Resident/International tuition rate. If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Registrar at 206.934.5144 or click here for more information.
  • Services & Activities Fees Information: S&A Fees are student fees collected for co-curricular, extracurricular and related student programs and activities. They are assessed as follows:
    • Credits 1-10: $10.81 per credit
    • Incremental credits 11-18: $6.29 per credit
    • Normal credit 15 max: $139.55

 

Tuition & Fee Tables: 2019-2020 Academic Year 

Tuition Rates: Lower Division Courses

For academic, social security, VA and loan grantor purposes, twelve (12) credits or more is considered full time.
Credits Resident Non–Resident (U.S. citizen) International Veterans
1 $110.26 $124.85 $288.13 $55.13
2 $220.52 $249.70 $576.26 $110.26
3 $330.78 $374.55 $864.39 $165.39
4 $441.04 $499.40 $1,152.52 $220.52
5 $551.30 $624.25 $1,440.65 $275.65
6 $661.56 $749.10 $1,728.78 $330.78
7 $771.82 $873.95 $2,016.91 $385.91
8 $882.08 $998.80 $2,305.04 $441.04
9 $992.34 $1,123.65 $2,593.17 $496.17
10 $1,102.60 $1,248.50 $2,881.30 $551.30
11 $1,157.18 $1,303.85 $2,943.13 $578.59
12 $1,211.76 $1,359.20 $3,004.96 $605.88
13 $1,266.34 $1,414.55 $3,066.79 $633.17
14 $1,320.92 $1,469.90 $3,128.62 $660.46
15 $1,375.50 $1,525.25 $3,190.45 $687.75
16 $1,430.08 $1,580.60 $3,252.28 $715.04
17 $1,484.66 $1,635.95 $3,314.11 $742.33
18 $1,539.24 $1,691.30 $3,375.94 $769.62
19 $1,638.17 $1,790.23 $3,652.74 $819.09
20 $1,737.10 $1,889.16 $3,929.54 $868.56
21 $1,836.03 $1,988.09 $4,206.34 $918.03
22 $1,934.96 $2,087.02 $4,483.14 $967.50
23 $2,033.89 $2,185.95 $4,759.94 $1,016.97
24 $2,132.82 $2,284.88 $5,036.74 $1,066.44
25 $2,231.75 $2,383.81 $5,313.54 $1,115.91

 

Tuition Rates: Upper Division and e–Learning Courses

Credits BAS, Resident BAS, Non–Resident (U.S. citizen) BAS, International E–Learing, Non–Resident
1 $215.11 $229.70 $614.53 $124.85
2 $430.22 $459.40 $1,229.06 $249.70
3 $645.33 $689.10 $1,843.59 $374.55
4 $860.44 $918.80 $2,458.12 $499.40
5 $1,075.55 $1,148.50 $3,072.65 $624.25
6 $1,290.66 $1,378.20 $3,687.18 $749.10
7 $1,505.77 $1,607.90 $4,301.71 $873.95
8 $1,720.88 $1,837.60 $4,916.24 $998.80
9 $1,935.99 $2,067.30 $5,530.77 $1,123.65
10 $2,151.10 $2,297.00 $6,145.30 $1,248.50
11 $2,161.88 $2,308.55 $6,156.85 $1,303.85
12 $2,172.66 $2,320.10 $6,168.40 $1,359.20
13 $2,183.44 $2,331.65 $6,179.95 $1,414.55
14 $2,194.22 $2,343.20 $6,191.50 $1,469.90
15 $2,205.00 $2,354.75 $6,203.05 $1,525.25
16 $2,215.78 $2,366.30 $6,214.60 $1,580.60
17 $2,226.56 $2,377.85 $6,226.15 $1,635.95
18 $2,237.34 $2,389.40 $6,237.70 $1,691.30
19 $2,441.12 $2,593.18 $6,840.90 $1,790.23
20 $2,644.90 $2,796.96 $7,444.10 $1,889.16
21 $2,848.68 $3,000.74 $8,047.30 $1,988.09
22 $3,052.46 $3,204.52 $8,650.50 $2,087.02
23 $3,256.24 $3,408.30 $9,253.70 $2,185.95
24 $3,460.02 $3,612.08 $9,856.90 $2,284.88
25 $3,663.80 $3,815.86 $10,460.10 $2,383.81

 

Tuition Cost Per Credit

Resident Students Per Credit
1–10 credits $110.26
11–18 credits $54.58
19–25 credits (academic) $98.93
19 and above credits (professional/technical) $14.84
Non–Resident (U.S. citizen) Per Credit
1–10 credits $124.85
11–18 credits $55.35
19–25 credits (academic) $98.93
19 and above credits (professional/technical) $14.84
International Students Per Credit
1–10 credits $288.13
11–18 credits $61.83
19–25 credits (academic) $276.80
19 and above credits (professional/technical) $41.52
BAS Resident Per Credit
1–10 credits $215.11
11–18 credits $10.78
19–25 credits $203.78
BAS Non–Resident Per Credit
1–10 credits $229.70
11–18 credits $11.55
19–25 credits $203.78
BAS International Students Per Credit
1–10 credits $614.53
11–18 credits $11.55
19–25 credits $603.20
Upgraded Courses Per Credit
Apprentice Training $55
First Aid $98.93
E–Learning, Non–Resident Students
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Per Credit
1–10 credits $124.85
11–18 credits $55.35
19–25 credits (academic) $98.93
19–25 credits (professional/technical) $14.84
High School completion students
Must be age 19 or older
Per Credit
1–10 credits $21.52
11–18 credits (per credit surcharge) $10.65
19–25 credits (per credit surcharge) $14.48
High School completion students
Must be age 18 or younger
Per Credit
1–10 credits $107.59
11–18 credits (per credit surcharge) $53.26
19–25 credits (per credit surcharge) $96.53
High School completion students, Non–Resident Per Credit
1–10 credits $110.26
11–18 credits (per credit surcharge) $54.58
19–25 credits (per credit surcharge) $98.93

Note: Students 18 years old and younger who have not graduated from high school must pay the standard tuition fees for their courses unless they enroll in Running Start. Non–residents will be charged the resident tuition fee. Resident students age 19 or older are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Note: When students in the BAS program also take Community College credits, tuition for those courses are at a different rate. Please see your Registration Support Supervisor for instructions.

 

Fee Table 

Fee Rate
Add / Drop Administrative Fee $6
Adult Basic Education (ABE) $25 per quarter
Aerospace Composite Fee $257 per quarter
Allied Health Skills Lab Fee $31 per course
ASE Retest Fee $10.50 per test
Assessment Test $31 per test
Automotive ASE Testing $31 per quarter
Automotive Fee $98 per course
Aviation Materials Fee $154.50 per quarter
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Application Fee $35 per application
Community Technology Access $21 per quarter
Computer Lab Fee $ 58.50 (1 class) per quarter
$92 (2 classes) per quarter
Credit By Exam (Course Challenge) $100 base plus $40 per credit 
Culinary Arts Lab Fee $154.50 per quarter
Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology Materials Fee $232 per quarter
Drafting and Design Program Fee $103
Duplicate Award / Degree / Certificate / Diploma $15.50 per award
eLearning Fees:
Online Server Fee
Hybrid Server Fee
Web-enhanced Server Fee
$ 7.50 per credit
$ 5.25 per course
$ 5.25 per course
Exam Proctoring $40 per test (unlimited attempts)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Intended for immigrants, not for International Students
$25 per quarter
Fitness Center Fee $3.50 per credit (maximum $9)
GED Prep $25 per quarter
GED Test Fee $30 per test
Industrial Vehicles Materials Fee $1,545 per quarter
Intensive English Program (IEP) $3,150 per quarter
International Student Application Fee Details
International Student Health Insurance Details
IT Test Cert $77.50
Late Registration Fee (after 5th day of quarter start) $10.50 per credit
Landscape Horticulture Material Fee $46.50
Lab Fee
Courses in the following programs require this fee: Automotive Technology, Art, Pottery/Ceramics and Photography. Students utilizing computer labs in math or English courses will also be charged this fee.
$54 per course
Local Payment Plan $17
Manufacturing Academy $206
NET+ Certification $154.50
Nursing Application Fee $35
Nursing Clinical Placement Fee $103
Nursing Electronic Medical Record User Registration $77.50 per year
Nursing Materials Fee $54
RN Annual Assessment Fee $387.50
Parking Fees Details
Portfolio Review (Prior Experiential Learning)  $100 base
plus $40 per credit
Science Lab Fee $58.50 per course
Security & Certification $215.50
Student Campus Enhancement Fee $9.50 per credit
(maximum $95 per quarter)
Student Identification Card Fee
Non-refundable, issued to all new and interrupted students taking 3 or more credits.
$7.50 per card
Transportation Management Plan (TMP)
A $15 per quarter Transportation Management Fee (TMP) is charged to students enrolled with 10 or more credits. This fee allows students to exercise one of the following options:
  • purchase a quarterly bus pass (ORCA) from the Cashier's Office
  • receive a one-time $ 45 reimbursement each quarter on a ferry pass or Pierce/Snohomish Transit pass.
$15 per quarter
Transportation Program Uniform  $62 per quarter
Transcript Fee $7.50 each
Transcript Fee - Expedited $15 each
Universal Technology Fee
The Universal Technology Fee is applied to every student EXCEPT the following:
  • students enrolled in 3 credits or less
  • students enrolled in non-credit classes
  • ABE/ESL students
  • GED Prep students
  • students enrolled only in online or Washington Online classes.
$3.50 per credit (on 4 or more credits)
Virtual Lab Fee $51.50
WA State Employee Tuition Waiver Details
Welding Materials Fee $19 per credit
Welding WABO Certification Fee - Student $93
Welding WABO Certification Fee - Non-Student $154.50
Wine Course Materials Fee $98 - $154.50 per course