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Tuition, Fees & Policies

NOTE:  Click here for tuition/fee changes as of Fall 2015

Subject to change by the Washington state legislature and/or the Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees. All students pay a Student Technology Fee of $5.00 per credit ($40 maximum), a Student Self-Assessed Fee of $1.50 per credit ($15 maximum) and a General Fee of $2.00 ($34.00 maximum).

Tuition Payment Plan

A Tuition Payment Plan allows students to make payments on their tuition over the course of a quarter.  Students must make a down payment of 40% of their tuition and a $30.00 processing fee.   For more information contact: 
Mount Vernon Financial Aid Office at (360) 416-7666 or Whidbey Island Financial Aid Office at (360) 679-5330.

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Washington State Residents

Credits Tuition Fees* Total
1 cr 105.80 8.50 $114.30
2 cr 211.60 17.00 $228.60
3 cr 317.40 25.50 $342.90
4 cr 423.20 34.00 $457.20
5 cr 529.00 42.50 $571.50
6 cr 634.80 51.00 $685.80
7 cr 740.60 59.50 $800.10
8 cr 846.40 68.00 $914.40
9 cr 952.20 71.50 $1,023.70
10 cr 1,058.00 75.00 $1,133.00
11 cr 1,109.94 77.00 $1,186.94
12 cr 1,161.88 79.00 $1,240.88
13 cr 1,213.82 81.00 $1,294.82
14 cr 1,265.76 83.00 $1,348.76
15 cr 1,317.70 85.00 $1,402.70
16 cr 1,369.64 87.00 $1,456.64
17 cr 1,421.58 89.00 $1,510.58
18 cr 1,473.52 89.00 $1,562.52

Overload charges(over 18 credits):  $96.26 per credit

Non-Resident Waiver

Students who are U.S. citizens or INS permanent residents may enroll under the following per credit rate:

Credits Total Credits Total
1 $127.30 10 $1,263.00
2 $254.60 11 $1,360.20
3 $381.90 12 $1,457.40
4 $509.20 13 $1,554.60
5 $636.50 14 $1,651.80
6 $763.80 15 $1,749.00
7 $891.10 16 $1,846.20
8 $1,018.40 17 $1,943.40
9 $1,140.70 18 $2,038.60
Overload charges (over 18 credits):  $85.68 per credit

International Students

Credits Tuition Credits Tuition
1 $286.30 10 $2,853.00
2 $572.60 11  $2,911.95
3 $858.90 12 $2,970.90
$1,145.20 13 $3,029.85
5 $1,431.50 14 $3,088.80
6 $1,717.80 15 $3,147.75
7 $2,004.10 16 $3,206.70
8 $2,290.40 17 $3,265.65
9 $2,571.70 18 $3,322.60

Overload charges (Over 18 credits)  $268.26 per credit

Adult Basic Education/ESL

$25.00 per person per quarter (An ABE/ESL tuition waiver may be granted – see Registration for eligibility.)

Veteran Waiver

A Veteran who is a Washington state resident, honorably discharged, and served in a war or conflict may be eligible for a 20% tuition waiver. For more information contact the Veteran Affairs office or the Registration office.

Mount Vernon: Contact 360-416-7804 or Registration office at 360-416-7700.
Oak Harbor: Contact 360-679-5392 or Registration office at 360-679-5330.

Unemployed or Under-Employed Residents

Unemployed or under-employed people may register for open classes on a space-available basis on or after the first day of the quarter without tuition charges. Fees attached to coursework will be charged accordingly. You are eligible if you:

  • Have lived in Washington for at least 12 months.
  • Are 21 years of age or more.
  • Have not attended college in the past six months.
  • Are not receiving or eligible for unemployment compensation. Proof that you are not receiving or eligibile for unemployment is required and may take over 48 hours to receive from the Employment Security Department.
  • Have a combined monthly household income of below $1,254 for a one-member family, $1,587 for two, $1,959 for three, $2,312 for four, $2,664 for five (call for amount for additional dependents).
  • Have been or will be unemployed for six months prior to the start of the quarter.

Workforce Training & Dislocated Workers

Call 416-7649 for more information.

State Support of Higher Education Students:

The average total cost to educate each Washington state resident full-time community and technical college student for the 2013-2014 academic year is $6,282. Students pay an average of $3,217 for tuition. The remaining $3,065 is paid by state taxes and other funds from the state of Washington's Opportunity Pathway. The costs shown are approximate. The actual tuition a student pays each quarter varies due to credit load, residency status, and other factors.

Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0861 the sources of all institutional revenue received during the prior academic year and the uses of tuition revenue collected during the prior academic year is published at the following link.

Course Materials & Supplies

You can get an idea of the cost of your materials for a particular course by going to the bookstore website and entering the textbook section. Visit online at Call one of the Cardinal Bookstores if you have any questions about prices:

Mount Vernon Campus 360.416.7728
Whidbey Island Campus 360.679.5313


Tuition and Fees are the student's responsibility. Failure to attend a class does not constitute a course drop. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assessed full tuition fees, and refunds will not be made. Requests for late drops will not be granted simply because the student was unaware of the policies, or failed to submit a drop form.

In the event of non-payment, the college may pursue the collection of amounts due as allowed by law, and will add collection costs to the amount due. In the event of a disagreement about payments due, you may request an informal hearing with the Registrar.

*Credit and Course Fees

Here is a list of the general fees that most students pay. Each has a purpose and contributes to the quality of education provided at Skagit Valley College.

Student Technology Fee--$5 per credit up to a maximum of $40 per quarter

This is a student-controlled fee that pays for student-use technology such as computers and staffing for general computer labs, student e-mail, and other emerging technology enhancements.

ASSVC Self Assessed Building Fee -$1.50 per credit up to a maximum of $15 per quarter

Funds collected from this fee pay for student facilities at the college including the newly remodeled Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center building on the Mount Vernon Campus and improvements to student facilities on the Whidbey Island Campus and South Whidbey and San Juan centers.

General Fee--$2.50 per credit up to a maximum of $42.50 per quarter

In exchange for paying this fee students receive placement testing as they enter the college, unlimited transcript requests prior to and after graduation, graduation regalia and diplomas, a yearly parking permit decal (MV campus) and parking maintenance of the district's owned parking lots at Mount Vernon, Whidbey Island and San Juan Island.

eLearning Fee--$35 per eLearning and/or hybrid course up to a maximum of $70 per quarter


This fee subsidizes the cost of the software licenses necessary to offer courses in online formats. It also pays for the cost of on-ground, online, and telephone support for eLearning students.