State Support and Student Costs

2018-2019 State Support and Student Costs for Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

Through Opportunity Pathways, Washington State provides a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their families pay for college. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0681, the approximate level of state support received by students is being provided to the colleges for your use.

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2018-19 academic year is $8,640. Students pay an average of $3,192 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $5,448 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.

Amounts in the table below represent an average for a full-time equivalent, lower division resident student attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2018-19.

Support and Costs Resident Undergraduate Percent
Total Instructional Support Per Student FTE $8,640  
Tuition Operating Fee* $3,192 37%
Net State Support per Student FTE** $5,448 63%

 *The Tuition Operating Fee is equal to the operating fee for a full-time student in lower division classes.

**Net State Support is the amount paid by the state from various sources including taxes and other funds.