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SBCTC Policy Manual
Chapter 5: Enrollment Reporting and Tuition and Fees


5.90.00 Tuition and Fees

The State Board requires that all tuition and fees be based on a uniform and equitable basis and that as a condition of enrollment, all students must pay tuition and fees, unless tuition and fees have been reduced or waived by other rules or statutory provisions (see RCW 28B.15; RCW 28B.50.810; WAC 131-28; Community College Tuition and Fee Waivers and Residency). Community college tuition and fees are governed by RCW 28B.15.

  1. Community college tuition and fees are governed by RCW 28B.15.
  2. Technical college tuition and fees are not governed by RCW 28B.15, but generally are subject to the same increase limits as the community colleges (Initiative 601 and legislative budget limits).
  3. Applied Baccalaureate (Pilot Colleges) tuition and fees are governed by RCW 28B.15, but the per credit tuition for upper division courses are set at a rate comparable to the per credit tuition charged by the comprehensive regional universities.

The following exceptions apply:

    1. Students will pay community or technical college rates for lower division courses.
    2. Students will pay per credit for upper division courses and lower division courses up to the full-time maximum tuition for comprehensive regional universities.
    3. Building fees and student activities fees are charged at the community or technical college rate.
    4. Per credit tuition rules apply year round with no separate rate schedule for summer session.

5.90.10 Residency Status

Community colleges must determine the residency status of students enrolled in all state supported courses for which the standard tuition is charged (see RCW 28B.15.011 through RCW 28B.15.015).

For students enrolled exclusively in “ungraded,” contract, and/or student funded courses Washington State residency determination is not required.

5.90.20 Fee Pay Status

Fee pay status codes are attached to students and/or courses. They are assigned by the college from SBCTC “Fee Pay Status” codes. These codes distinguish among the various classifications of courses and among the various types of students. For more explanation of the tuition and fee waiver codes see Community College Tuition and Fee Waivers and Residency and Data Warehouse Documentation.

5.90.30 Ungraded Course Offerings

Ungraded courses are designed to meet the unique educational needs of a specific category of students (see WAC 131-28-026).

For some ungraded courses a specific fee is required to be charged. For others, colleges have discretion in setting the rates (see WAC 131-28-026). All ungraded course fees are operating fees (see RCW 28B.15.031).

Tuition and fee charges for enrollment in a combination of graded and ungraded courses is the sum of the standard tuition (and surcharge, if any) for the graded courses and/plus the rate(s) specified for the ungraded courses.

5.90.40 Contract Courses

Colleges may provide instruction through contracts. The contracting provisions allow agreements between college districts and entities for the benefit of the employees, agents, or members of such entities. Contracting with single individuals is contrary to the intent of these statutes and rules. Full recovery of all direct and indirect costs associated with a course is required. The fee charged is retained by the college and enrollments generated by the course cannot be reported for state funding purposes (see RCW 28B.50.140 (16); WAC 131-28-027). In addition, there are three types of modified contracting:

Supplemental Funding Contracts – Subject to SBCTC rules covering such arrangements, a course is offered at regular tuition and fee rates. Enrollments may be reported for state funding purposes (see RCW 28B.50.140 (17); WAC 131-32-010).

Shared Funding Contracts – Subject to SBCTC approval, a course may be offered at regular tuition and fee rates. Enrollments reported for state funding must be discounted to the proportion the available state funding bears to the total cost of offering the course (see RCW 28B.50.140 (17); WAC 131-32-020).

International Student Contracts – Subject to SBCTC approval, some districts have been authorized under the provision of subsection 4.70.30 of this policy manual to contract for international students.

5.90.50 International Students

To achieve an internationally integrated educational environment, colleges may enroll international students. The ability to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status-for Academic and Language Students or Certificate for Non-Immigrant (M-1) Student Status-for Vocational Students is granted to an individual college through the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorization.

International Students-Contract – Students participating in these contract-funded programs are excluded from state-supported FTEs, thus assuring maximum availability of state-supported enrollment capacity for local residents. The following conditions apply:

  1. The contract rate for these students shall be no less than the equivalent of nonresident tuition and fees.
  2. The college may reduce its annual revenue from these contracts by an amount not to exceed 5 percent of annual international student contract revenues calculated at the full contract rate.
  3. The college shall maintain appropriate coding and records to assure these students are not reported as state-supported and that fees collected cover direct and indirect cost of instruction.

International Students-State SupportColleges without international student contracts may also enroll international students. The following conditions apply:

  1. Students pay non-resident tuition rates.
  2. Each college shall maintain appropriate coding and records to assure that these students are reported as state-supported and that the full non-resident tuition is collected.

Policy History

Action Description Revision Date
Executive Director memo 5.90.50 International Students: Removed requirements related to international students in Applied Baccalaureate programs. 8/15/2013
AG opinion regarding  Contract International Programs 5.90.50 International Students updated. 8/15/2008
SBCTC Resolution 07-03-08
Passage of HB 1794 (2005) created Pilot Baccalaureate Degree programs.
5.90.00 updated to reflect new policies and procedures related to applied bachelors degree tuition & enrollment reporting. 3/15/2007
SBCTC Resolution 02-09-16 Board approved Policy Manual 9/19/2002

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