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Washington State Support for Higher Education


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.

In addition to the requirement to provide information on a student’s “tuition billing statement”,
colleges may, at their discretion, provide the information via brochures, websites, etc.

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.

2021-22 Resident Undergraduate Percent
Total Instructional Support per Student FTE* $12,445  
Tuition Operating Fee** $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 State Support is the amount paid by the state from various sources including taxes and other funds.

Sample - 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 amounts 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.

Data source provided by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is available upon request.