State Support of Higher Education Students

Through Opportunity Pathways, Washington State provides a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their families pay for college. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0681, the approximate level of state support received by students is provided below for your use and includes:

  • The full cost of instruction.
  • The amount collected from student tuition.
  • The difference between the full cost of instruction and student tuition. 

Amounts in the table below represent an average for a full-time equivalent, lower division resident student attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2016-2017.

Fee Type Resident Undergraduate
 Total Instructional Support Per Student FTE  $7,524
 Operating Fee (tuition)*  $3,056
 Net State Support per Student FTE**  $4,468

*Operating Fee amount is based on the full-time equivalent operating fee for lower division classes.

**The Net Support per Student FTE is the amount paid by the state from taxes and other funds.

Educational Cost Statement - HB 1795 Disclosure

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2016-2017 academic year is $7,524. Students pay an average of $3,056 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $4,468 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student. The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors. 

RCW 28B.15.0681(5)(a) and (b) require that institutions of higher education provide certain information to all undergraduate resident students. This is also known as the HB 1795 disclosure.

The HB 1795 Disclosure Statement, includes:

  1. The sources of all institutional revenue received during the prior academic or fiscal year, including but not limited to state, federal, local, and private sources
  2. The uses of tuition revenue collected during the prior academic or fiscal year by program category as determined by the office of financial management

View HB 1795 Disclosure Statement

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Myhre at (360) 704-4413 or