Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Bates Technical College is $3,732 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 17% more expensive than the national average public two year college tuition of $3,631. The cost is 4% more expensive than the average Washington tuition of $4,103 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. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $945 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,677.

Housing Costs

Bates Technical 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 Tacoma area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,770.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,020.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,620 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Bates Technical College was $19,087 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Washington residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $9,127.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Bates Technical College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Bates Technical College
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,087
   In-State Tuition$3,732
   Other Fees$945
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,770
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,620
   Books and Supplies$1,020
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,127
   In-State Tuition$3,732
   Other Fees$945
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,430
   Books and Supplies$1,020


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 $19,087 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 Bates Technical College net price for in-state students is $5,347* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Bates Technical College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,062. 57 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 $4,489. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Bates Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Bates Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,347*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,062
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,489

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$5,286
$30,001 to $48,000$6,626
$48,001 to $75,000$7,494
$75,001 to $110,000$11,772

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,087 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,087. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $6,062

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

Federal Loans

 26% - $4,042

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $5,363

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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. Bates Technical College
Tacoma Community College5.5% more expensive
Clover Park Technical College35% more expensive
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom7.1% less expensive
Pierce College at Puyallup7.1% less expensive
Highline Community College16.3% 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 Bates Technical 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 Bates Technical College is $38,174 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 $5,849 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,698**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Bates Technical 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 Bates Technical College
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$123
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$369
Price per credit hour$300
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$900
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$1,200


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. 24% of Bates Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,042.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Bates Technical 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 $11,698, 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 $14,514.54. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Bates Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,849. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Bates Technical 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.

Bates Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$120.95
Amount Borrowed$11,698.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,816.54
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$14,514.54

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Bates Technical 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 Bates Technical 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 $14,514.54 would be needed to afford a $120.95 monthly payment in the example $11,698.00 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 Bates Technical College in the future? 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 2 year cost of $38,174.00. 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 Bates Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,969$49,939
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$31,868$63,736
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $40,673$81,345
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $47,084$94,167

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Bates Technical 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
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Associate's Degree 55 21% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 24 33% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 20 37% costlier
Biomedical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 22% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 18 24% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 14 38% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 23% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 35% costlier
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology Associate's Degree 12 27% costlier
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 11 17% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 25% costlier
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 9 2% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 8 24% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 11% costlier
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree 6 30% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 39% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 5 18% costlier
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 28% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 5 20% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 5 34% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 37% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 5 3% costlier
Hearing Instrument Specialist Associate's Degree 5 22% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 5 27% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 5 26% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 4 26% costlier
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Associate's Degree 4 28% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 4 31% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 4 32% costlier
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 4 36% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 4 30% costlier
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration Associate's Degree 3 42% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 34% costlier
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other Associate's Degree 3 16% costlier
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 3 31% costlier
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 3 36% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 19% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 11% costlier
Cabinetmaking and Millwork Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 69% costlier
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 1 34% costlier


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About Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College is a two year community college located in Tacoma, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 1,598 and part time is 1,693.  Bates Technical 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. Learn more about Bates Technical College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Bates Technical 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.

Bates Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=235671 IPEDS survey data.