Cost to Attend Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham, Washington

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Bellingham Technical College is $2,832 for the 2021/2022 academic year. This is 25% cheaper than the national average public two year college tuition of $3,795. The cost is 36% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $4,429 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,172 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,004.

Housing Costs

Bellingham 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 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 $10,650.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $942.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,525 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute was $19,121 for the 2021/2022 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 $8,219.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2022 IPEDS survey response for Bellingham Technical College and represent reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for Bellingham Technical College
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,121
   In-State Tuition$2,832
   Other Fees$1,172
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,650
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,525
   Books and Supplies$942
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,219
   In-State Tuition$2,832
   Other Fees$1,172
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,273
   Books and Supplies$942
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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 $19,121 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 Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute net price for in-state students is ($1,471)* for the 2019/2020 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

46% of Bellingham Technical College students received grant aid in 2019/2020. The average total aid amount was $11,761. 31 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $5,876. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Bellingham Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Bellingham Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price($1,471)*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid46%
Average Total Grant Aid$11,761
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants31%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,876

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 2019/2020 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000($1,007)
$30,001 to $48,000n/a
$48,001 to $75,000$3,692
$75,001 to $110,000$11,694

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,121 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,121. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

Grants and Scholarships
75% - $11,761

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

Federal Loans
35% - $5,446

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

Out of Pocket
-10% -  ($1,611)

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 2019/2020 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. Bellingham Technical College
Whatcom Community College59.7% more expensive
Skagit Valley College35.1% more expensive
Everett Community College34.4% more expensive
Edmonds Community College35.1% more expensive
Shoreline Community College33.9% more 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is $38,242 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 $6,728 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,456**

**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 2019/2020 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham Technical College
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$79
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$237
Price per credit hour$98
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$294
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$392

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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. 8% of Bellingham Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,446.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Bellingham 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 $13,456, 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 $17,118.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Bellingham Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 46% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,728. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Bellingham 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.

Bellingham Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$142.66
Amount Borrowed$13,456.00
Interest Rate4.99%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,662.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$17,118.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute? 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 Bellingham 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 $17,118.72 would be needed to afford a $142.66 monthly payment in the example $13,456.00 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 Bellingham Technical College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,513 to $2,832. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.5%. 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 $38,242.00. 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 Bellingham Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2028$25,014$50,028
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2033$31,925$63,849
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2038 $40,745$81,490
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2041 $47,167$94,335


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About Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College is a two year community college located in Bellingham, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 1,096 and part time is 819.  Bellingham 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 Bellingham Technical College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Bellingham Technical College
3028 Lindbergh Ave
Bellingham, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Bellingham 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.

Bellingham Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data. Data last updated February 2023 and reflects academic year 2021/2022 costs reported by the school.