How To Get Started

Apply for Admissions

Our open door admissions policy means you won’t have to compete with others to be accepted. The community and technical colleges do not require SAT or ACT scores or essays, but they do require a placement test.

Special programs admissions

Being accepted into a college does not always mean you are accepted into the specific program or classes of your choice.

Certain programs have different admissions requirements, additional steps or forms: Running Start, International Students, high school programs, and health care programs such as nursing, corrections and law enforcement, to name just a few.

Apply online

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Most Washington community and technical colleges accept the state online application. A few do not (Bellevue College, Bellingham Technical College, Columbia Basin College, Seattle Vocational Institute).

Each college has a slightly different admissions process [PDF logo 335KB]. Some want everyone to fill out an application; others do not.

The online application is not for everyone. Before you apply online, check with the college of your choice if you are:

  • Attending while still in high school
  • A non-immigrant, international student (in the U.S. on a student visa)
  • Taking adult basic education, GED high school completion courses
  • Interested in health care programs like CNA, LPN, RN
  • Taking English as a second language (ESL) classes
  • Taking non-credit courses
  • Eligible for worker retraining funds

Apply by mail

If you do not have access to a computer, you can submit a paper Uniform Admissions Application Formpdf. College response time for paper applications may be considerably slower.

Academic year calendar

The community and technical colleges are on a quarter (not semester) calendar. Be sure to look at the instructional calendar [PDF logo60KB] for the quarter start and end dates at the college of your choice.

How Much Will It Cost?

Tuition at community and technical colleges in Washington is charged per credit, rather than by part-time or full-time status. Tuition is also determined by residency status.

  • Current tuition and fees. Tuition rates will vary slightly for each college depending on local fees. The rates shown reflect the maximum amount any college may charge. Visit the tuition and fees page at the college of your choice for local details.
  • You might be eligible for certain tuition waivers.
  • Find money to pay for college.
  • Compare costs between different types of colleges.


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