Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$6,630
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$5,749
$30k - $48k
$6,659
$48k - $75k
$7,746
$75k - $110k
$10,646
$110k+
$12,828
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$4,551
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$9,980
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$7,860
Books and Supplies
$870
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
26%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,719
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
26%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,036
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$1,454
Students receiving state aid
39%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,891
Students receiving federal aid
47%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,036

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
9%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,582
Students receiving federal loans
8%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,589
Average Other Loans Per Year
$5,489
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$5,636
Loan Default Rate
10%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$100

What Students Are Saying

2.93 Average Rating
I feel like I'm getting my money's worth at Whatcom, when I have the very rare bad class it carries less of a heft because I didn't pay University prices for it. For the most part, I feel like I'm getting a great education with a small price tag and for most people's economic situations, that is a very valuable characteristic.
Caitlin from Bellingham, WA
I did the Running Start Program and was able to receive my transfer degree one quarter after my high school graduation. I only paid for my lower level math class, and the books weren't that expensive.
Alanna from Bellingham, WA

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