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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 charged on a uniform and equitable basis and that as a condition of enrollment, all state-funded 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; WAC 131-28; Community College Tuition and Fee Waivers and Residency Classifications ).

  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 under standard language in the biennial operating budget act.
  3. Applied Baccalaureate tuition and fees are governed by RCW 28B.15 and the following policies:
  4. Each year, the State Board adopts the tuition and fee schedule that must be used for all upper division Applied Baccalaureate courses.
    1. The tuition and fees adopted by the State Board must not exceed tuition and fees at the comprehensive regional universities (RCW 28B.15.069). 
    2. Additionally, under State Board policy, the per credit rates must be comparable to the rates at the comprehensive regional universities, except that the building and S&A fees included in the upper division tuition schedule must be the same as those on the lower division tuition schedule.
    3. One tuition and fee schedule applies year round with no separate schedule for summer quarter.
  5. Community and technical colleges offering Applied Baccalaureate programs must charge tuition and fees as follows: 
    1. Upper division tuition and fees will be charged for upper division courses.
    2. For students taking both upper and lower division courses in the  same quarter: 
      • Generally, colleges must charge lower division tuition and fees for lower division courses and upper division tuition and fees for upper division courses.
      • However, in those instances where the upper and lower division credit combination would result in the student paying more than he or she would if paying for all credits based on the upper division schedule, the college must charge tuition and fees for both upper and lower division credits based on the upper division tuition and fee schedule.

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 Running Start Students

Running Start is a dual enrollment program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit for completing community and technical college courses.  The program is governed by RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.320, by provisions in the biennial operating budget act, by policies of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and by State Board policies.  (See Policy Manual 4.60.11)  Fee pay status codes for Running Start students can be found in Chapter 5 Appendix D: Running Start Fee Pay Status Coding.

  1. Funding: School districts receive funding from the state for Running Start students based on the statewide average Basic Education funding rate for high school students as calculated annually by the OSPI.  The school district retains seven percent of this funding and sends the other 93 percent to the enrolling college.  This state-funded reimbursement is prorated based on the number of college credits a Running Start student takes.
  2. Funding Limitation:  There are two limitations on the amount of reimbursement the state provides. 
    1. Some Running Start students enroll in courses at the college and the high school simultaneously.  Under the provisions of the biennial operating budget act, the state limits the amount it will pay for a Running Start student to 1.2 full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment in high school and college courses combined.  If a student’s high school and college credit load exceeds the 1.2 FTE state-funding limit, the funding provided to the college is capped. 
    2. Under no circumstances will the state reimburse the college for more than 1 FTE, or 15 college credits in one quarter. 
  3. Local Fees and Tuition and Fees.  Running Start students must pay the following fees and tuition and fees (operating, building, and services and activities (S&A) fees) unless qualifying for a waiver under section D below.
    1. All mandatory local fees.  (RCW 28A.600.310)
    2. Running Start students who choose to take more college credits than covered by state reimbursement (see limitations on state funding in section B above) must pay tuition and fees on those unreimbursed credits.  These include:
  4. The following waivers are available for Running Start students.
      1. Students enrolled for 10 college credits and three high school credits exceed the 1.2 FTE limit by one credit.  Tuition and fees on the one credit are waived.  (SBCTC Resolution 11-6-35). 
      2. A low income waiver is available for students who qualify. 
        1. The waiver applies to:
          1. All mandatory local fees (RCW 28A.600.310)
          2. Tuition and fees due on credits taken above those reimbursed by the state.  (SBCTC Resolution 11-10-63)
        2. Each institution must establish a written policy for the determination of low-income students before offering the fee waiver. A student shall be considered low income and eligible for a fee waiver upon proof that the student is currently qualified to receive free or reduced-price lunch. Acceptable documentation of low-income status may also include, but is not limited to, documentation that a student has been deemed eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in the last five years, or other criteria established in the institution's policy. (RCW 28A.600.310)

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 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 the policies in Chapter 5:100, Counting Enrollments in Courses Supported by Both State and Grant Funds, 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 Chapter 5:100 ).

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. See 4.70.30 for Policy regarding Contract International students. The following rules apply to contract rate and enrollment reporting for Contract International students :

  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, unless they qualify for a waiver or a residency classification.
  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
SBCTC Resolution 11-10-63 Authorizing tuition charges to Running Start students enrolled beyond 1.2 FTE combined, and authorizes a tuition waiver for low-income Running Start students taking more than 15 credits or enrolled beyond 1.2 FTE combined. 10/27/11
SBCTC Resolution 11-06-35 Authorizing a one-credit tuition waiver for Running Start students taking 3 hours at the high school and 10 credits at the college. 6/23/11
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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