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Whatcom Community College Tuition & Cost

Bellingham, Washington

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Washington Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Whatcom Community College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$930
Other Fees$345
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $8,460
Other Expenses Budget$3,876
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Whatcom Community College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$930
Other Fees$345
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $8,460
Other Expenses Budget$3,876

Residents of Washington pay an annual total price of $18,030 to attend Whatcom Community College on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $4,419 for tuition, $930 for books and supplies and $345 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $23,475 which is 30.2% higher than Washington residents. The tuition charge is $9,864 while books and supplies are $930 and other fees come in at $345.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Whatcom Community College when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Whatcom Community College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$4,507
$30,001 to $48,000$7,709
$48,001 to $75,000$8,670
$75,001 to $110,000$12,286

The average reported annual net price for Whatcom Community College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $7,919 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

60% of full-time undergrad Whatcom Community College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,428 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 12% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,697 and 1% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,221.

Finanical Aid Whatcom Community College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,428 60%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $1,100 19%
Pell Grants $4,470 41%
Other Federal Grants $1,021 14%
State and Local Grants $3,767 37%
Federal Student Loans $4,697 12%
Other Student Loans $10,221 1%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Whatcom Community College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $11,734. The loan balance of $11,734 is a two year multiple of the $5,867 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $112 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $11,734
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $111.96
Total Interest Paid $1,700.64
Sum of All Loan Payments $13,434.64

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
Year Washington Residents Non Residents
1 $18,030 $23,475
2 $18,382 $23,933

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at Whatcom Community College to be $36,060 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2% annual increase over the next 2 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Whatcom Community College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Washington Residents $119 $357 $476
Out of State Residents $298 $894 $1,192

Estimated cost for a class at Whatcom Community College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Whatcom Community College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Whatcom Community College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237039 IPEDS survey data for Whatcom Community College.