Admissions/Registration

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for full tuition and fee payments on their payment due date. Due dates are shown on page 5 of the quarterly class schedule , or view Important Dates online.

You may qualify to participate in our Tuition Installment Payment Plan. TIPP allows students to pay for their college education in three installments, interest free. The plan covers tuition and class fees.

Students are responsible to officially withdraw from classes they are not attending by completing the necessary paperwork required by the Admissions/Registration office.

The college has the authority to withdraw students from classes for non-payment.

Application for financial aid does not constitute payment. If a financial aid or agency funding has been granted AND has been generated into the cashiering system, it will be automatically applied approximately two weeks prior to the tuition due date. However, if the entire amount is not paid, the student is responsible for knowing the remaining amount due and making payment by the published due date.

How Charges Are Assessed

  • Tuition and fees are charged per quarter at Community Colleges of Spokane.
  • Textbooks and supplies are in addition to fees.
  • The fee to audit a class is the same as registering for credit.
  • Tuition and fees may be paid by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, 
    MasterCard or VISA. Bank cards are also accepted for bookstore purchases.
  • For the most up-to-date tuition information, refer to the Community Colleges of Spokane Quarterly Combined Class Schedule.
  • Complete financial aid information is available at the Spokane Falls Community College Financial Aid office. 

Our tuition rates can be found at our Tuition and Fees website.

All fees can be found on our Tuition and Fees website.

Technology Plan

Every year Spokane Falls develops a Technology Plan. This plan begins with input from students and department faculty identifying their needs. The departments then prioritize these needs and incorporate them into their Division plan. The combined total of all requests totals nearly 2 million dollars.

Once identified and prioritized, the college faces the daunting challenge of funding the Technology Plan. The primary source of funding has been the Technology Fee, which typically covers about 25% of the Technology Plan. The Technology Fee funding has provided the college with state-of-the-art technology resources meeting a significant number of the instructional and student needs identified in past Technology Plans.

Additional Costs

  • Health or accident insurance may be purchased at the cashier’s office.
  • Books will be available approximately two weeks before the quarter begins.
  • View a Cost of Education worksheet in the Financial Aid web site.

Tuition Installment Payment Plan

Full time students may qualify to participate in our Tuition Installment Payment Plan. TIPP allows students to pay for their college education in three installments, interest free. The plan covers tuition and class fees only.

Credit Cards

Self-paying students will find it convenient to pay by MasterCard or VISA credit cards. You can pay by one of the following:

  1. Pay by Credit Card Online. Use our secured transaction server to download your outstanding charges and pay them directly by completing a simple form.
    NOTE: Tuition installment payments cannot be made online.
  2. Pay over the phone by contacting the SFCC Cashier (509) 533-3569.
  3. Will someone OTHER THAN YOU be paying your tuition and fees? Please complete an Authorization to Release Financial Information form and return it to the cashiers office. This authorizes the release of necessary information to the person paying your outstanding balance.

Personal Checks/Money Orders

We do not recommend that you send a check, because there is no guarantee that it will arrive on time. However, you may mail your check or money order to:
   Spokane Falls Community College
   Attn: Cashiers Office MS 3171
   3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
   Spokane, WA 99224

If you have any question regarding the registration process, call 533-3500 during business hours.

Payment Drop Box

After the cashier's regular business hours or during busy payment due dates, you can use the payment drop box, which is located between the south side exit doors of Building 17 that lead to buildings 16 & 19.

For assistance with determining residency status call: (509) 533-3520

Criteria for Resident Status

To be classified as a resident for tuition and fee purposes, a student must either:

  • be financially independent and have established a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for other than primarily educational purposes for one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter. -OR-
  • be financially dependent and have one or both parents domiciled in the state of Washington for a period of one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter.

All other students are classified non-resident (with waiver) and are required to pay the non-resident (with waiver) tuition and fees.

Change of Residency Status

Are you a Washington resident who has been out of Washington State for educational purposes only? You may qualify for a change of residency status. Apply for change of status as soon as possible, as tuition and fees are due by the payment due date. If your application is submitted during the first 30 days of the quarter and your classification is changed from non-resident to resident, SFCC will refund the difference between resident and non-resident fees.

If you are a Washington resident who has been out of Washington to attend an out-of-state college or university, submit a Residence Questionnaire together with the following:

  1. Verification that you resided in Washington for a minimum of one year prior to leaving the state to attend school.
  2. Verification from the out-of-state college or university that you were enrolled as a non-resident and paid non-resident tuition. If enrolled in a private school, provide verification of enrollment.
  3. Proof that you maintained all ties with Washington and that you did not take steps to establish a domicile in another state. Supporting documentation may includea driver's license, vehicle registration, bank accounts, voter's registration, property ownership, or personal belongings.

Independent Residency Requirements

  1. A person must physically reside in the state of Washington primarily for purposes other than educational for the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the quarter of application. (You may be a student during the 12 months of establishing residency, as long as you meet all residence requirements outlined below.)
  2. For a student to be considered independent of parents for residency purposes, the student:
    • cannot be claimed as a dependent by parents for the current and prior calendar year.
    • must be financially self-supporting for the current and prior calendar year.
    • Note: Any student who lived at a parent's home during his or her senior year of high school may not count that year for independent status.
  3. The following documents will assist in the determination of residency status:
    1. Verification of your financially independent status for the current calendar year and the prior calendar year (for example, tax return for the most recent tax year, W-2 forms, financial aid award letters, irrevocable trust funds with documentation that you are withdrawing funds from the trust, or paycheck stubs showing year-to-date income). You must show your plan for continuing to independently finance your education.
    2. A copy of your parent's federal tax return for the most recent tax year (top portion listing dependents claimed). This is only required if you are 24 years of age or younger.
    3. Copies of rent receipts, lease agreement, letter from landlord, canceled rent checks or home purchase agreement verifying physical residence in Washington for the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the quarter of application.
    4. Proof of any permanent full-time or part-time employment in Washington during the one year prior to the quarter of application.
    5. A copy of Washington State driver's license if you drive. license should be acquired upon moving to this state or at least one year prior to the quarter of application. You may not wait until the expiration date on an out-of-state license. If you do not drive, provide a copy of your Washington State identification card.
    6. A copy of Washington State vehicle registration if you own or drive a vehicle for the one year prior to the quarter of application. A copy of your title will not suffice.
    7. A copy of Washington voter registration for the one year prior to the quarter of application.
    8. Proof of having established a bank account in Washington and any other documents you may have to show that you have established other "ties" with Washington for the one year prior to the quarter of application (clubs, organizations, etc.)
    9. If you are not a U.S. citizen but hold permanent resident immigration status, temporary resident status, or Refugee status, attach a copy of both sides of your Resident Alien Card, Form I-94, Temporary Resident card or other verification of your status with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). (A person holding immigrant status may apply for a change in residence classification one year after application for the qualifying visa.)

Establishing residency if you are financially dependent on parents

  1. For a student to apply for residency as a dependent, one or both of the student's parents or court-appointed legal guardians must have physically resided in the state of Washington for the 12 consecutive months prior to the quarter for which the student is applying for a change of status.
  2. The student must be identified as a dependent on the most recent federal income tax return of the parents or court-appointed legal guardian.
    NOTE: If parents are separated, student can be claimed as a dependent by either parent, as long as one parent has resided in Washington for one year prior to the quarter of application and has established a domicile.
  3. The student completes Section 1 and 2 of the questionnaire, parent or legal guardian completes Section 3 and submits the following documentation showing his or her ties with Washington for a minimum of one year:
    1. A copy of parent's most recent federal tax return identifying the applicant as a dependent (top portion only listing dependents claimed).
    2. A copy of parent's rent receipts, lease, or home purchase agreement covering the 12 consecutive months prior to the quarter of application.
    3. A copy of parent's Washington State motor vehicle registration, and Washington driver's license.
    4. A copy of parent's Washington State voter registration.
    5. If parents or legal guardians are not U.S. citizens but hold permanent or temporary resident status, or Refugee status, attach a copy of both sides of parent's Resident Alien Card, Form I-94, Temporary Resident Card, or other verification of their status with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Senior Waivers

Community Colleges of Spokane may grant tuition waivers for state-support college credit classes to resident senior citizens who are at least 60 years of age by the first day of instruction of the quarter during which enrollment is desired and are a resident of Washington, regardless of length of such residency.

  • A fee of $2.50 per class (with a maximum of two classes for $5) will be charged.
  • Class fees and parking are additional.
  • Registration must be made in person and will only be accepted on the third through fifth instructional days of the class on a space-available basis.
  • Senior citizens interested in this waiver will not be allowed to create a space by initially enrolling and paying regular tuition and course fees and then withdrawing in order to participate in the waiver program.
  • Waivers shall not be granted to individuals who plan to use credits earned to improve status for credentialing or salary schedule purposes.

WA State/Public Higher Education Employee Tuition Waiver

Permanent Washington state employees employed 50 percent or more may register on a space-available basis using the Washington State Employee/Public Higher Education Employee Tuition Waiver Form CCS Employees may use CCS Employee Tuition Waiver form. Persons wishing to use a waiver may register on the third through fifth days of the quarter and must present the completed waiver form and the SFCC Registration/Add/Drop Form to the admissions office. The cost is $25 per class.

Students are responsible for any additional charges such as class fees, books, photo ID, parking fee, technology fee, etc. Students enrolled in over 6 credits will be charged at the regular tuition rate. Please contact the Admission/Registration Office at (509)533-3512 with any questions.

Note: Employees in the K-12 systems are not eligible for the WA State Employee Waiver. This waiver cannot be used for Continuing Education classes or WAOL Distance Learning Classes.

For more information, please call (509)533-3512.

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