Original Date: 9/12/1995 * Last Revision Effective: 6/24/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Student Affairs
The board of trustees of Bellevue College establishes and revises tuition and fee waivers for specific categories of students as permitted by state law and by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The college may waive all or some portion of tuition and/or fees for state-supported courses.
The following waivers have been established and may be granted by the college:
- Vocation training over eighteen (18) credits: The college may waive overload fees for resident or non-resident students enrolled in more than eighteen (18) credits in a vocational preparatory program.
- Children of deceased or disabled law officers and firefighters: The college may waive all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fees.
- Needy students: The college may waive all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fees (not to exceed 3% of estimated tuition revenues) for resident needy students as designated by the financial aid office. Up to 25% of the maximum waiver capacity may be used for other than needy resident students, with the exception of waivers for athletics.
- Eligible veterans or National Guard members who have served in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters, or served in support of those that were: The college may waive 25% of the operating tuition fee.
- Child and spouse of eligible veteran that is totally disabled or POW/MIA or deceased: The college must waive 100% tuition and services and activities fees.
- Athletes: Beginning with Fall Quarter 2007 the college may waive 25% tuition and service and activities fees for all enrolled Bellevue College athletes that are grant-in-aid eligible.
- Eligible running start students’ tuition and operating fees are waived up to fifteen combined college and high school (15) credits. Need based waivers are available for qualifying low-income running start students for all fees other than tuition and operating fees.
- Wrongfully convicted individuals and their children and step-children. The college must waive all tuition and fees for wrongfully convicted individuals, their children and step-children. Recipients may attend full-time or part-time. Total credits earned using the waiver may not exceed two-hundred quarter credits, or the equivalent of semester credits.
Waivers for Non-Resident Differential in Tuition and Fees
- U.S. citizens and resident aliens: The college may waive 40% of the non-resident operating fee differential, not building fee differential, after the student has enrolled and paid as a non-resident for at least one quarter. The waiver is applicable starting the second quarter and thereafter.
- Distance learners: The college may waive the non-resident operating fee differential, not building fee differential, for students enrolled only in distance education classes.
- Congressional dependents: The college may waive all or a portion of the non-resident differential.
- Higher education employees, spouses and dependents: The college may waive all or a portion of the non-residential 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 spouses and dependents.
- International student exchange: The college may waive all or a portion of the non-residential differential, limited to 100 full-time students statewide.
- Refugees: The college may waive all or a portion of the non-residential differential of operating fees for refugees, their spouses and dependents with parole status, immigrant visa, or citizenship applications.
- Seniors taking credit and/or auditing courses: The college may waive all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fees with a minimum registration fee of $5.
- State employees: The college may waive all or a portion of tuition and services and activities fees for at least half-time state employees. Preference for registration may be given to Bellevue College employees.
- ABE/ESL/GED: The college may waive all of the tuition for needy students, who must provide documentation from organization(s) that verify the student’s low income status.
- The college may waive up to 100% of parking permit costs and 100% of bus permit costs for eligible non-financial-aid students meeting need-based criteria established by the college.
Relevant Laws and Other Resources
- Board of Trustees Resolution 233
- RCW 28B
- WAC 131-28-026(4)(a)
- State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Tuition Waivers and Residency Classification
- Bellevue College Procedure #2400P Tuition and Fee Waivers
Revisions 10/22/1997; 3/22/2005; 12/13/2005; 9/12/2007; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015; 6/24/2015
Board of Trustees
Last Updated August 3, 2015