Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. You can review a partial list of tuition and fees here (pdf). International student tuition is also available for review. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Paying for Tuition 

Students in career education and general education courses can pay for their tuition in the cashier's office with a check, credit card or cash, via phone, or online using a credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Tuition Refund Policy

A student who has paid tuition before the quarter starts but is unable to attend the class may receive a full tuition refund. After the first day of class, Bates grants refunds as follows:

  • From the 1st to the 5th calendar day - 80%
  • From the 6th day to the 15th calendar day - 40%
  • After the 15th calendar day, there is no refund.

The tuition refund policy applies to all students in state-supported programs. It is the student's responsibility to complete a withdrawal form and submit it to the registration office. The date the withdrawal is received will be used for calculating refunds.

Self-Support Courses

Continuing education classes are self-supported; therefore Bates will cancel a class if there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. The refund policy for self-support classes is as follows:

  • If the college cancels the class - 100%
  • Withdrawal on or before one business day prior to the 1st class - 100%
  • Student registers but doesn't attend - No refund

State Support of Higher Education Students

RCW 28B.15.0681 reads that Institutions of higher education shall provide the following information to all undergraduate resident students : (a) The sources of all institutional revenue received during the prior academic or fiscal year, including but not limited to state, federal, local, and private sources; (b) The uses of tuition revenue collected during the prior academic or fiscal year by program category as determined by the office of financial management. 

Through Opportunity Pathways, Washington State provides a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their families pay for college. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0681, the approximate level of state support received by students is being provided to the colleges for your use.

The following table indicates average state support by tuition category for students attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2013-2014.

  Resident Undergraduate Nonresident Undergraduate
Total Instructional Support
Per FTE Student
$6,282 $6,282
Operating Fee $3,217 $8,052
Net State Support per FTE Student $3,065 ----

  The following table indicates the amount of state supported financial aid including that provided from the local institutional financial aid fund (3½ percent). 

  State Financial Aid Institutional Financial Aid
Undergraduate Resident $845* $111
Undergraduate Nonresident $  0 ** $ 0**

            * Includes State Work Study, State Need Grant, and all other financial aid programs administered by the WSAC, and SBCTC administered programs:  Opportunity Grants and Worker Retraining Financial Aid. ** State and Institutional financial aid is not available to nonresident students.  

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Copeland at (360) 704-4397 or scopeland@sbctc.edu

Limitation of Liability

The college's total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss or earnings or profits.