Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Skagit Valley College tuition is $3,800 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 5% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $4,011 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 18th in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 11th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,300 which represents a 13% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $400 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,200.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,600 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Mount Vernon should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,000 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,000 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to Skagit Valley College is $18,000 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $18,500.

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

Costs and Tuition for Skagit Valley College
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget $18,000
   In-State Tuition$3,800
   Other Fees$400
   Room and Board$9,600
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $18,000 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 Skagit Valley College net price for in-state students is $9,151* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

38% of Skagit Valley College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,442. 35 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 $3,833. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Skagit Valley College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Skagit Valley College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,151*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid38%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,442
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants35%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,833

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$9,031
$30,001 to $48,000$9,538
$48,001 to $75,000$11,755
$75,001 to $110,000$14,993

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,000 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,000. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $5,442

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $3,686

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $5,872

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. Skagit Valley College
Bellingham Technical College32.4% less expensive
Whatcom Community College8.3% more expensive
Everett Community College8.9% less expensive
Edmonds Community College8.7% less expensive
Shoreline Community College10.7% 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 Skagit Valley 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 Skagit Valley College is $36,000 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 $6,853 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,706**

**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 Skagit Valley 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 Skagit Valley College
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$116
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$348
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$130
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$390
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$520


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. 15% of Skagit Valley College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,686.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Skagit Valley 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 $13,706, 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 $17,006.00. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Skagit Valley College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 38% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,853. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Skagit Valley 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.

Skagit Valley College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$141.72
Amount Borrowed$13,706.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,300.00
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$17,006.00

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Skagit Valley 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 Skagit Valley 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 $17,006.00 would be needed to afford a $141.72 monthly payment in the example $13,706.00 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 Skagit Valley College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,600 to $3,800. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.1%. 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 $36,000.00. 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 Skagit Valley College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$23,547$47,095
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$30,053$60,106
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $38,356$76,712
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $44,402$88,804

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Skagit Valley 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 335 17% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 55 8% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 36 16% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 21 9% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 14 5% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 13 6% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 13 1% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 11 9% cheaper
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 4% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 2% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Associate's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 7 8% cheaper
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 6 2% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 6 0% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 4 1% costlier
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 9% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 1% costlier
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 1% cheaper


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About Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College is a two year community college located in Mount Vernon, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 2,447 and part time is 2,639.  Skagit Valley 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.

Skagit Valley College
2405 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Skagit Valley 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.

Skagit Valley College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236638 IPEDS survey data.