State Support Letter

2021-22 STATE SUPPORT AND STUDENT COSTS
FOR WASHINGTON STATE COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES

The purpose of this document is to inform colleges of the disclosure requirements listed in RCW 28B.15.0681 and to provide sample language they may use in their disclosure statement. The statute directs institutions of higher education to disclose the following information on “tuition billing statements” for resident undergraduate students.

  • The full cost of instruction
  • The amount collected from student tuition
  • The difference between the full cost of instruction and student tuition.

Amounts in the table below represent an average for a full-time equivalent, lower division resident student attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2021-22.

   Resident undergraduate
 Total Instructional Support Per Student FTE  $12,445
 Operating Fee (Tuition)*  $3,445 (28%)
 Net State Support per Student FTE**  $9,000 (72%)

*Total Instructional Support is composed of Tuition Operating Fee and Net State Support

**The tuition operating fee is equal to the operating fee for a full-time student in lower division classes.

*** Net Support is the amount paid by the state from various sources including taxes and other funds.

Educational Cost Statement:

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2021-22 academic year is $12,445.  Students pay an average of $3,445 in tuition toward this cost.  The remaining $9,000 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources.  The amount shown are averages for a full-time, resident student.  The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.

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