Policies and Procedures

2400P TUITION AND FEE WAIVERS (PROCEDURES)

Original Date: 9/12/1995     *     Last Revision Effective: 9/11/2012
Policy Contact: Vice President, Student Services

PURPOSE

The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #2400 – Tuition and Fee Waivers.

PROCEDURES

In order to ensure eligibility, the college has established procedures for the various waivers established by the board of trustees. They are as follows:

General Waivers

  • Vocational training over eighteen (18) credits is waived by the college at the time of registration for approved vocational preparatory programs only.
  • Children of deceased or disabled law officers and firefighters must provide documentation from the Department of Retirement Systems to the registrar. The parent must have died or become totally disabled in the line of duty while employed by a Washington state public law enforcement agency, full-time or volunteer fire department. The student must begin course of study within ten years of high school graduation.
  • Resident needy students must follow application guidelines established by the financial aid office.
  • Eligible veterans or National Guard members or child and spouse of total disabled or POW/MIA or deceased eligible veterans or National Guard members. An eligible veteran must have served in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters, or served in support of those who were.  An eligible veteran or surviving child or spouse of total disabled or POW/MIA or deceased eligible veteran must apply and provide supporting required documentation to the college veteran’s office at or prior to the time of registration.
  • Athletes must apply and be accepted by the athletic director as grant-in-aid eligible (as defined by the official code book of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) prior to the time of registration. 

Waivers of Non-Resident Differential in Tuition and Fees

  • U.S. citizens and resident aliens must apply through the residency office and follow the process for establishing residency for tuition purposes. Students must meet residency requirements by the start of the quarter in which the waiver will be granted. The 40% waiver of the non-resident operating fee differential, not building fee differential, will commence no earlier than one quarter after the student has enrolled and paid as a non-resident.
  • Distance learners must apply through the distance education office.
  • Congressional dependents must provide proof to the registrar.
  • Higher education employees, spouses and dependents must provide proof of eligibility to the registrar.
  • International student exchange waivers are not available for contracted courses. All international students at Bellevue College are contracted and thus cannot utilize this waiver.

Space-Available Waivers

  • Shall be charged a registration fee of no less than $5.00 per course, plus any laboratory or other fees which may be associated with the course. No class overloads, new or additional course sections are permitted. Enrollment shall take place according to the enrollment calendar. No space available waivers shall be granted for self-support community service courses or non-credit workshops and seminars.
  • Seniors enrolling for credit and/or audit space-available courses will be offered the waiver during registration.
  • State employees must apply through the registrar and provide proof of eligibility from their employer.

Washington State Employee Tuition Waivers

Bellevue College Employees

  • All Bellevue College employees who wish to register for courses using the state employees tuition exemption must submit the Bellevue College State Employees Tuition Exemption Request to the Registrar at time of registration.
  • This program is limited to Bellevue College employees who are permanent half-time or more state employees as defined by RCW 41.06 and 25B.15.558.
  • Bellevue College employees are limited to enrollment in a maximum of two (2) courses per quarter, not to exceed twelve (12) credits.
  • Use of this program is limited to registration into courses which have space available after 8am on the third day of a full quarter class (8am on the second day for summer) or by instructor permission (blue card) on the 4th day of the quarter. Permission is up to the instructor’s discretion and is not subject to appeal.
  • Individuals interested in participating in this program will not be permitted to enroll on a regular basis and then drop the class in order to create available space. Any student attempting to create an enrollment space in this manner will be disqualified from using the waiver for that class (strictly enforced).
  • A registration fee of $5 per class plus all fees associated with the class will be charged. If the student is not a continuing student, an admission application (no application fees for Bellevue College employees) 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-support classes.

All Other State Employees

  • All eligible state employees who wish to register for courses using the state employees tuition exemption must submit the Washington State Employees Tuition Exemption Request to the registrar at time of registration.

  • This program is limited to state employees who are permanent half-time or more state employees as defined by RCW 41.06 and 25B.15.558.
  • The waivers available to state employees under this section shall also be available to teachers and other certificated instructional staff employed at public common and vocational schools, holding or seeking a valid endorsement and assignment in a state-identified shortage area.
  • State employees are limited to enrollment in a maximum of one (1) course per quarter, not to exceed six (6) credits.
  • Use of the program is limited to registration into classes which have space available after 12:00 p.m. on the 3rd day of the quarter or by instructor permission (blue card) on the 4th day of the quarter. Permission is at the instructor’s discretion and is not subject to appeal.
  • Individuals interested in participating in this program will not be permitted to enroll on a regular basis and then drop the class in order to create available space. Any student attempting to create an enrollment space in this manner will be disqualified from using the waiver for that 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.

Ungraded Courses

ABE/ESL/GED students are charged the state authorized tuition amount at the time of registration. Students apply for a waiver of the tuition through the adult basic education office.

Appeal Process

A student who wishes to appeal the determination of his or her tuition and fee waiver eligibility may submit a written appeal to the vice president of student services, who will review the student’s eligibility. The vice president’s decision is final.

REVISION HISTORY

Original 9/12/1995

Revisions 10/22/1997; 3/22/2005; 12/13/2005; 9/12/2007; 5/21/2009; 5/25/2010; 9/11/2012

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President’s Staff

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