Tuition and Fee Waivers

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges authorizes and the BC Board of Trustees approves waivers of tuition and fees for state-supported classes in some specific cases. These waivers do not apply to Continuing Education, contract, or self-support courses.

The state legislature may revise waivers. Currently the waivers include, but are not limited to:

1. General waivers

Children of deceased or disabled law officers and firefighters

Waives all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fees.

Athletic Waiver

Waives 25% of the operating fee of 15 credits for grant-in-aid eligible student athletes (as defined by NAACC).

Veteran Waiver

Waives 25% of tuition and some fees for eligible veterans or National Guard member, child and spouse of an eligible veteran or National Guard member who became totally disabled or POW/MIA .

2. Waivers of non-resident differential in tuition and fees

Congressional dependents

Waives all or a portion of the non-resident differential.

Higher education employees, spouses and dependents

Waives all or a portion of the non-resident differential for those persons living in the state of Washington and employed in higher education on at least a half-time basis and for their spouse and dependent children.

U.S. citizens and resident aliens

Waives 40% of the non-resident operating fee differential, not building differential, after the student has enrolled and paid as a non-resident for one quarter, the waiver may be applied to the second quarter and thereafter.

Refugee Waiver

Waives the non-resident differential for refugees, spouses and dependent with parole status, immigrant visa, or citizenship application for full or part-time students.

Distance learners

Waives the non-resident operating fee differential, not building fee differential, for students enrolled ONLY in distance education classes.

State employees, veterans of Korean Conflict and National Guard

Waives all or a portion of the non-resident differential for full and part-time state employees, veterans of the Korean Conflict and National Guard members residing in the state of Washington (RCW 28B.15.588 and SSB-5189-Chapter 160 Laws of 2003)

3. Space-available waivers

Senior citizens, credit and audit

Students 60-years or older eligible for this waiver pay $5 per course for tuition and must pay an admissions application fee, mandatory fees, and class fees. Students are limited to two classes per quarter with this waiver. Please see the legislation for the rules governing eligibility for this waiver.

State employees

Waives all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fee for at least half-time eligible state employees with a registration fee of $20 per class plus all fees associated with the class.

Eligibility & Regulations

  • This program is limited to permanent half-time or more state employees as defined by RCW 41.06 and 25B.15.558. To determine if you are eligible, consult your HR representative.
  • To register using the State Employees Tuition Exemption, submit the Washington State Employees Tuition Exemption Request to the Registrar at least two to three business days prior to the beginning of each quarter.
  • State employees are limited to enrollment in a maximum of one (1) course per quarter, not to exceed six (6) credits.
  • Registration is limited to courses where space is available after 12 noon on the 3rd day of the quarter (12 noon on the 2nd day of summer quarter), or by instructor permission (blue card). Permission is at the instructor’s discretion and is not subject to appeal.
  • Adding and dropping (including adding yourself to the waitlist) of a specific class before the official start date and time of state employee waiver registration will disqualify your waiver eligibility for the specific class. (strictly enforced)
  • A registration fee of $20 per class plus all fees associated with the class will be charged. If the student is not a continuing student, an admissions application and application fee is required before the student will be able to register. All fees and charges must be paid immediately or participants will be dropped from their classes
  • Tuition is not exempted for self-support, contract or continuing education classes. Washington State Employee Tuition Exemptions only apply to state-supported classes.

Download Washington State Employee’s Tuition Exemption Request form [PDF]

4. Ungraded courses


Waives all of tuition for needy students who must provide documentation from organization(s) that verify student’s low income status.


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