Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. Non-resident tuition is also available for review. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Fall Quarter Tuition & Fees are initially estimated and then recalculated to reflect changes approved by the Legislature and Board of Trustees after those decisions are finalized. Updated student statements will be mailed out once those changes are reflected in the student accounts.

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.

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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

HB 1795 Disclosure

RCW 28B.15.0681(5)(a) and (b) require that institutions of higher education provide certain information to all undergraduate resident students.  This is also known as the HB 1795 disclosure. The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2016-17 academic year is $7,524. Students pay an average of $3,056 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $4,468 is an "opportunity pathway" provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. 

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.