Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Whatcom Community College tuition is $4,116 per year for in-state residents. This is 17% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 3% more expensive than the average Washington tuition of $4,011 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 24th in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,534 which represents a 132% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $344 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,460.

Housing Costs

Whatcom Community College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Bellingham area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,710.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $840.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,570 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to Whatcom Community College is $16,580 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $21,998. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,690.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Whatcom Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Whatcom Community College
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$16,580
   In-State Tuition$4,116
   Other Fees$344
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,710
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,570
   Books and Supplies$840
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,690
   In-State Tuition$4,116
   Other Fees$344
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,390
   Books and Supplies$840


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $16,580 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Whatcom Community College net price for in-state students is $7,409* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

56% of Whatcom Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,804. 45 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,050. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Whatcom Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Whatcom Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,409*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid56%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,804
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants45%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,050

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,808
$30,001 to $48,000$6,379
$48,001 to $75,000$10,085
$75,001 to $110,000$12,519

Average Financial Aid Mix - $16,580 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,580. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $5,804

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Whatcom Community College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 39% - $5,027

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 17% -  $2,179

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Whatcom Community College
Bellingham Technical College37.6% less expensive
Skagit Valley College7.7% less expensive
Everett Community College15.9% less expensive
Edmonds Community College15.7% less expensive
Shoreline Community College17.5% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Whatcom Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Whatcom Community College is $33,160 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $5,867 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,734**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Whatcom Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Whatcom Community College
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$111
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$333
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$288
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$864
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,152


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 11% of Whatcom Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,027.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Whatcom Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $11,734, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $14,559.20. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Whatcom Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 56% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,867. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Whatcom Community College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Whatcom Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$121.33
Amount Borrowed$11,734.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,825.20
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$14,559.20

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Whatcom Community College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Whatcom Community College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $14,559.20 would be needed to afford a $121.33 monthly payment in the example $11,734.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Whatcom Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,065 to $4,116. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $33,160.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Whatcom Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$21,690$43,380
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$27,682$55,364
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $35,330$70,661
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $40,899$81,799

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Whatcom Community College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 709 1% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 47 10% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 26 9% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 18 2% costlier
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 17 17% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 14 8% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 12 16% costlier
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 9 15% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 7 8% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 7 5% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 7 4% costlier
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 3 12% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier


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About Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is a two year community college located in Bellingham, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 2,392 and part time is 2,115.  Whatcom Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Whatcom Community College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Whatcom Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237039 IPEDS survey data.