Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bellevue College Accredited?

Yes, Bellevue College is Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation Information.

How much does it cost?

Students taking online courses will pay an eLearning fee of $52.50 per 5-credit course. Students taking hybrid and web enhanced courses do not pay an eLearning fee. General college fees apply as well as course specific fees. See Tuition and Fees

Can I start my online class if I am on a wait list?

The waitlist now closes at 9:00 am on the last business day before the quarter starts: for Spring Quarter it is 9:00 am on Friday, April 3rd.  The old deadline was the 3rd business day of the quarter. 

  • The waitlist will close at 9:00 am on the last business day before the quarter.
  • You cannot get on waitlists after this time, and the waitlist will also stop automatically enrolling students into classes.
  • If you still want the class after the waitlist closes and you are taking an online or hybrid courses, fill out and submit the online/hybrid late registration petition.
  • If the instructor grants you permission, follow the late registration petition procedure to enroll in the course as follows:
    • To see if you are enrolled in the course you must check your BC email and your class schedule frequently (morning, afternoon and evening).
    • Why is it important to frequently check your BC email and you class schedule? You will be notified if you are enrolled in the course and you will need to pay your tuition the same day the college enrolls you in the course! If you do not pay the same day, you may be dropped from the course for non-payment and be charged a $21.50 drop fee.

What is the difference between online, hybrid and web enhanced classes?

  • Online courses are completed entirely online via Canvas, our learning management system. Note: some classes may require proctored exams. The instructor will post information for you on how to take the exam from a distance, if you cannot attend the campus exam session. These courses will be designated on the class schedule with sections OAS, OBS, OCS, etc.
  • Hybrid courses are part online and part on campus.  The on campus session is usually just one day per week.  The rest of your work is completed online via Canvas, our learning management system. These courses will be designated on the class schedule with sections HYA, HYB, HYC, etc.
  • Web enhanced courses are taught entirely on campus. The instructor will post information for you on Canvas, our learning management system. Posts may include the syllabus and handouts.

Do I have to be logged in at a specific time each day?

It is recommended that you log-in at least once a day for the first week at a time that is convenient for you. After the first week, you should get a feel for how much time you will actually have to be logged-in to the class site verses how much time you will spend doing work off line, i.e. reading the text book, etc. In this case, you can log in when it is convenient for you, as long as you meet all assignment and testing deadlines.
Some instructors may hold a live session and information should be posted in the syllabus.

I am registered, but, when I log in, I don’t see any classes or the wrong class. What is wrong?

Did you register the weekend before classes started? If so, you should probably see your classes by the afternoon on the first day of classes. If you see a class you didn’t register for, did you drop a class and sign-up for another one the weekend before classes started? If so, you should probably see your classes by the afternoon on the first day of class. There is a 4-6 hour processing time until changes are reflected in Canvas. For more information click: Why can’t I see my courses?

How do I withdraw from (drop) a class?

Go to Registration Log-in, just like you did when you originally registered for you classes, in one of the little boxes on the left side of the page, type in the item number of the class you want to drop and click submit. The page will refresh and you will no longer see the class listed in your class schedule. If you have a refund coming, it may take up to four weeks for processing.

Where do I take the tests?

Most of the tests will be given online. If you instructor requires a proctored exam, you can either come to campus at the scheduled time if you are able or the instructor should have information in the syllabus about how to find a proctor in your local area.

How can I take a class with a lab online?

All the lab classes use some type of “virtual” lab so you can do the assignments at a distance. Some may require a field trip in your local area. You can check the syllabus on the first day of class for more details.

How much time will I have to spend doing an online course?

We recommend approximately 2 hours per day for every 5 credit course. Online courses are just as demanding, if not more demanding that on-campus courses.
Log-in on the first day of class, read the syllabus, get started information and get familiar with the course site—then get started with the class.

Download a copy of the Bellevue College Student Handbook

This handbook is for all students–on campus and online.

Bellevue College Student Handbook