Section A: Enrollment, Aid and College Life
Our Welcome Center is your first step whether you are a new, transfer, or returning
student. We provide information on how to become a student at Clark College. Our services
include assistance with admissions procedures, residency information, campus tours,
student orientation, and referral to other services and programs.
All students intending to enroll at Clark College are required to submit an application for admission and pay a non-refundable application fee at least two (2) weeks prior to the start of the term. Refer to the campus calendar for application deadline dates. Application for admission is available on the Clark College website at www.clark.edu/quickstep.
Clark College admits anyone who is eighteen (18) years of age or a graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent. Applicants who are under the age of eighteen (18) and without a high school diploma or equivalent may be considered for admission. Refer to the Exception to Admission (Underage Policy) section for further details. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a specific area of study. Some programs require additional applications and are limited or competitive-entry programs. See additional information under Health Occupations Programs.
Residency classifications for the purpose of tuition rates are determined by the length of time a student has been permanently living in the state of Washington. Please refer to the Residency Classifications section for detailed information.
New Student Admission
Students with no previous college experience must complete an admissions application and pay a non-refundable application fee. New students are also required to participate in Student Orientation before they are allowed to register for classes. For more information on orientation, refer to the Student Orientation section.
Running Start Admission
The Running Start program has its own set of admission policies and procedures. Please refer to www.clark.edu/runningstart for more information.
Transfer Student Admission
Students transferring from other colleges are required to submit an admissions application, provide a non-refundable application fee, and complete the COMPASS placement exam if math and/or English was not completed at a previous college or university. Transfer students are required to participate in orientation before they may register for classes.
If a student intends to use previously earned credits toward a program at Clark College, an official transcript of their college records must be sent to Enrollment Services at the time of application for admission. All admission materials become the property of the college and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to another institution.
Transfer credits are usually accepted by Clark College if such credits were earned at an institution accredited by a regional association recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Students should refer to Section B of this catalog for information about non-traditional credits and the process for transcript evaluation.
Returning Student Admission
Students who are returning to Clark College after an absence of four (4) or more terms must provide an updated application for admission prior to registration.
If a student has attended another college since their last enrollment at Clark College and wants to apply those credits to a Clark College program, an official transcript must be sent to Enrollment Services. All admission materials become the property of the college and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to another institution.
International Student Admission
Clark College accepts qualified international students from around the world who wish
to study in the U.S. using an F-1 student visa.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must submit the international student application form, application fee, and supplemental documents. International student admission information can be found on the International Programs web page: www.clark.edu/international.
Applicants must submit financial documentation with their application to prove that sufficient funds are available for their first year of study. Resources must cover cost of tuition, fees, books, medical insurance, living expenses, and transportation. Medical insurance while in the U.S. is mandatory and will be added to the student’s bill each term.
The following programs are limited and/or competitive entry and require completion of specific entrance requirements as well as submission of separate applications and application fees:
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Refer to the Clark College website at www.clark.edu or the Programs section of this catalog for further information. Because selection criteria are subject to change, the Clark College website is the most current source of information.
Clark College admits anyone who is at least 18 years of age, who is a graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent, is a participant in Running Start, or participant in other approved programs designed for age-specific groups. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the college for special consideration of underage individuals not participating in one of the above-mentioned programs. The college reserves the ultimate right to determine admission to the college and/or to enroll in certain classes.
Admission application deadlines will generally be two weeks prior to the start of a new term. For the most up-to-date application information and other resources to begin the enrollment process at Clark College, please visit http://www.clark.edu/enroll/registration/dates/index.php.
To qualify for any of the residency classifications listed below, students must be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, refugees, or non-immigrant aliens with visa classifications of A, E, G, H, I, K, or L.
Residency Classification Definitions
Washington In-State Resident: A person who meets the qualifications of citizenship, has been living in the state of Washington for a minimum of 12 months prior to the beginning of the term, and has taken actions to declare Washington as their state of permanent residence.
Washington Non-Resident Waiver: A person who meets the qualifications of citizenship and who has been living in the state of Washington for less than 12 months prior to the beginning of the term.
Non-Resident: A person who resides outside of the state of Washington and does not qualify for the Oregon Border Waiver; a person who does not submit the required documents for the Washington Non-Resident Waiver, Oregon Border Waiver or Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver.
Non-Resident Refugee: A person who holds Refugee-Parolee status and has established a domicile in Washington before the first day of the term.
Non-Citizen: A person who does not meet the qualifications of citizenship, regardless of their length of time domiciled in the state of Washington.
Oregon Border Waiver: A person who meets the qualifications of citizenship and who has been living in one of the 13 qualifying Oregon border counties for a minimum of 90 days prior to the beginning of the term.
Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver (HB1474): A person who meets the qualifications of citizenship, was living in a qualifying Oregon border county for at least 90 days immediately prior to moving to Washington state, has been living in Washington for less than 12 months, and has taken all steps to declare Washington as their state of permanent residence.
Qualifying Oregon Border Counties: Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Multnomah, Clatsop, Clackamas, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, or Washington.
Applying for Residency Reclassification
Students are granted residency classification based on the information provided on
the initial admissions application. The student is responsible for submitting the
appropriate application and supporting documentation to have residency reviewed for
a reclassification to a new category. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required
to submit a copy of their permanent resident card or I-94 for reclassification consideration.
All residency reclassification requests and documentation are accepted until the 30th
calendar day of the term. The college has ten (10) business days to review a completed
application before making a decision on the reclassification request. If the application
is approved, adjustments to the tuition will be applied to the term for which the
reclassification was submitted. If the application materials are incomplete or received
after the 30th calendar date, the request will be reviewed for the following term.
Residency changes are not retroactive.
Supporting documentation is defined in two categories: proof of physical presence and proof of intent to remain in the state of Washington. Students applying for reclassification will be asked to provide these documents as part of their application materials. Acceptable types of documents are listed below.
- Proof of Physical Presence (one document required, showing at least 12 months)
- Copy of mortgage closing statement for the home in which the student resides;
- Copy of a rental/lease agreement for the home in which the student resides; or
- Copy of rental receipts or mortgage payment receipts for the home in which the student resides.
- Proof of Intent to Remain (three documents required, each showing at least 12 months)
- Valid Washington driver’s license;
- Valid Washington voter registration;
- Valid Washington vehicle registration (not title);
- Proof of permanent full-time employment; or
- Verification of checking, savings or safe deposit box accounts located at a bank in Washington.
* Note that the Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver also requires proof of Oregon border
county residency in addition to the documents listed above. The Washington Non-Resident
Waiver requires one piece of documentation from the list above, while the Oregon Border
Waiver requires one piece of documentation from the list above from Oregon rather
than from Washington. For additional details, refer to the directions on the application
The forms are available online at http://www.clark.edu/enroll/admissions/admission_forms.php or by visiting the Welcome Center in Gaiser Hall room 127.
- Washington Residency Reclassification Form: Used to apply for in-state status by those who did not reside in Washington state for at least 12 months prior to enrolling at Clark College.
- Border County Opportunity Application HB1474: Used to apply for in-state status by those who qualify under the Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver guidelines.
- Washington Non-Resident Waiver: Used to apply for the waiver by those who originally applied for admissions with a non-Washington state address and who have since moved to Washington and established a residency.
- Oregon Border Waiver: Used to apply for the waiver by those who are residing in a qualifying Oregon border county.
Washington residency is governed by RCW.28B-15, RCW 46.16.028, RCW 46.20.021, WAC 250-18, and WAC 208-104-006. Contact Enrollment Services at 360-992-2107 with any questions regarding your residency status or how to apply for a reclassification. You can also visit our office in the Welcome Center, located in room 127 of Gaiser Hall.
HB 1079 (Undocumented Person) Waiver
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law (HB1079) was changed to qualify certain students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States as eligible to pay resident tuition rates. To qualify, students must complete an affidavit declaring they have:
- Resided in Washington state for the three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed their full senior year at a Washington high school, OR completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in Washington state for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma, AND
- Continuously resided in the state since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent, AND
- Certify that they will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as they are eligible to apply.
Active Duty Military
Active duty military stationed in the state of Washington, as well as their spouses and dependents, qualify as residents for tuition purposes. At the time spouses or dependent family members apply for admission, documentation such as a copy of the military ID card or other appropriate documents must be presented.
Washington National Guard
Washington National Guard members, as well as their spouses and dependents, qualify for resident tuition as long as they are domiciled in Washington.
Veterans Tuition Exemption
Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 360-992-2112 for information regarding eligibility criteria for the Veterans Tuition Waiver. You must provide the original or certified copy of form DD214.
Most tuition waiver guidelines and charges are set by the Washington state legislature and may change on an annual basis. Those eligible for waiver are listed below, under the departments that serve them.
- Enrollment Services
- Clark College employee
- Classified state employee or Washington Public Higher Education employee
- Senior Citizen Gold Card
- Children of deceased law enforcement officer or firefighter
- Children and spouse of totally disabled, or POW/MIA, or deceased eligible veterans, or National Guard members
- Native American Waiver
- Washington Non-Resident Waiver
- Oregon Border County Waiver
- Non-Resident Refugee Waiver
- Vocational 18+ credits
- Dislocated forest products workers or their unemployed spouses
- Wrongfully convicted individual, their children and stepchildren
- High School Completion Office
- High school completion
- Veterans Affairs Office
- Military personnel
- Running Start Office
- Running Start
Clark College will be transitioning from COMPASS testing placement during the 2016-2017 academic year. Please visit www.clark.edu/assessment to determine which option may best fit your placement requirements.
Course placement is an important step toward student success. Prior to accessing placement services, students must complete an application for admission and pay the admission application fee. Clark College utilizes a variety of course placement methods including COMPASS, CASAS, placement results from other instutions in Washington, high school coursework, and other options. Please visit www.clark.edu/assessment to determine which option may best fit your placement requirements.
Placement Testing Retest Policy
All students are allowed an initial COMPASS placement test at no additional cost. COMPASS and ASSET scores are accepted and considered valid for two (2) years from the placement test date. After receiving the results, students have the following options:
- Enroll in the courses into which they were placed.
- Retest in any or all of the three (3) modules (writing, reading, or mathematics). Each module requires a separate fee. Students will then be placed into classes using the higher of the two (2) scores.
After the initial retest, students have the right to retest periodically. Individual modules may be taken once every three (3) months. Each module retest requires a separate fee. Once a letter grade is received, a student may not retest without the explicit permission of the Dean of that area. COMPASS and ASSET scores are considered valid for two (2) years from the placement test date.
Distance Learning Proctoring
The Assessment Center provides proctoring services for students taking distance learning or correspondence courses. There is a fee for this service. Contact the Assessment Center at 360-992-2588 to discuss available proctoring options or visit http://www.clark.edu/enroll/admissions/assessment/proctoring.php to download a proctor request form.
Foreign Language Placement
The Assessment Center offers placement into foreign language courses for students who already have a background in Spanish language. The foreign language placement exams are computer-based and offered on a walk-in basis in the Assessment Center, located in the Penguin Union Building, room 015.
High School 21+
Begun in 2015, High School 21+ is a program that helps students 21 years or older earn their high school diplomas in a more timely and convenient way than was previously available. The High School 21+ curriculum combines basic skills coursework with more rigorous academic education and training so that students can upgrade their skills while working toward a high school credential. The coursework is listed in the schedule as College and Academic Preparation (CAP). CAP is designed both to help students earn their high school diploma and/or prepare for the GED exam. In addition, the coursework can help students who have already completed high school or the GED but who need to improve their academic skills before entering into their program of study at Clark College.
Adults interested in participating in the High School 21+ program will need to apply for admission, submit their official high school transcripts, take the CASAS test, and meet with the High School Completion Advisor prior to beginning their classes. While adults aged 19 and older are welcome to enroll in the program, diplomas will be issued only to adults aged 21 and over.
General Educational Development (GED®) Testing
Clark College is an official General Educational Development (GED) testing site. The GED® tests provide a high school credential to adults who have not graduated from a traditional high school. Participants in GED testing may go on to further their education at Clark College following the examination process or can participate in traditional college classes while completing the GED tests.
The GED test is designed for adults who are 19 years old or above and who have not
received a traditional high school diploma. Examinees who are 16 to 18 years old and
wish to take the GED test must provide a high school release form from the school
district in which they live.
The GED examinations are given in the following four (4) subject areas:
Successful completion of each of these examinations leads to the issuance of a GED
The GED test is now offered in a computer-based format. In order to begin the process of obtaining a GED, participants may register online at www.GEDcomputer.com. The GED test must still be taken in person at an official GED testing center. Examinees under the age of 19 must provide a high school release form to the Assessment Center to enable the online scheduling feature.
GED preparation classes are available through Clark College. Contact 360-992-2107 for further information.