Tuition Waivers

Most waiver guidelines and charges are set by the Washington State Legislature and may change on an annual basis.

Oregon Border County Residents

Students who live in a qualifying Oregon border county may qualify for this waiver if they have resided in the county for at least 
90 days prior to the first day of the term in which they enroll, provide evidence of their Oregon residence, and submit a completed Application for Oregon Border Waiver form.

This waiver is available to U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or eligible non-immigrant aliens with visa classifications A, E, G, I or K. Students holding a B, C, D, F, H, J, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TC, TN or TD non-immigrant visa classifications do not qualify for this waiver.

If the student moves out of the state of Oregon or to a non-qualifying county, they will no longer be eligible for the Oregon Border Waiver and will be reclassified to the non-resident tuition rate. Oregon Border Waiver Form

The qualifying border counties are:

  • Clackamas
  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Gilliam
  • Hood River
  • Morrow
  • Multnomah
  • Sherman
  • Umatilla
  • Union
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco
  • Washington

Washington Non-Resident Waiver

Students who do not meet the legal definition of a Washington resident will qualify for this waiver as long as they are domiciled in the state of Washington by the first day of the term they plan to enroll.

This waiver is available to U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or eligible non-immigrant aliens with visa classifications A, E, G, I or K. Students holding a B, C, D, F, H, J, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TC, TN or TD nonimmigrant visa classifications do not qualify for this waiver.

Students receiving the Washington Non-Resident Waiver may qualify for reclassification as Washington residents once they have lived in the state of Washington for twelve (12) months, provided they submit a Residence Questionnaire form and all required documents. Contact the Enrollment Services office at 360-992-2107 or admissions@clark.edu for information. Washington Non-Resident Waiver Form

Veterans Tuition Waiver

Legislative action has provided for a partial waiver of tuition for eligible veterans, reservists, National Guard, and/or active duty members. (RCW 28B.15.621)

Veterans Eligibility Criteria:

  • Qualify as a Washington resident and have Washington state domiciliary as defined in RCW 28B.15.012
  • Served on active duty in support of a war or conflict
  • Received an Honorable separation from active duty
  • (Students who receive any portion of their tuition paid by any agency, directly specified as payment for tuition, are not eligible for a Veterans Tuition Waiver.) (Not to include Title IV Funds)
Contact the Veterans Resource Center at 360-922-2711 or 360-992-2112 for more information. 

 

Dependents of Veterans Tuition Waiver

Legislative action has provided for a 100% tuition waiver for eligible dependents of veterans. (Substitute Senate Bill 5002)

Dependents Eligibility Criteria:

  • A child and the spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible veteran or national guard member who became totally disabled as defined in RCW 28B.15.385 while engaged in active federal military or naval service –OR–
  • Determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action –OR–
  • A child and surviving spouse of an eligible veteran or national guard member who lost his or her life while in active federal military or naval service
    Furthermore;
  • A child must be a Washington domiciliary between the ages of 17 and 26.
  • A surviving spouse must be a Washington domiciliary. A surviving spouse has 10 years from the date of death, total disability as defined in RCW 28B.15.385, or federal determination of prisoner of war or missing in action status of the eligible veteran or national guard member to receive the benefit.
  • Surviving spouses are ineligible for the waiver upon remarriage.
Contact the Veterans Resource Center at 360-992-2711 or 360-992-2112 for more information.

***VETERANS TUITION WAIVER and DEPENDENTS OF VETERANS TUITION WAIVER: Students must provide all qualifying documentation to the Veterans Resource Center before the last day of the quarter in which they are requesting a waiver, in order to receive the waiver within that quarter. Students must provide qualifying documentation for both the Veterans Tuition Waiver and the Dependents of Veterans Tuition Waiver. 
 

Non-Resident Refugee Waiver

 Non-Resident Students holding Refugee-Parolee status are eligible to pay the Non-Resident Refugee tuition rate, provided they have established a residence in Washington state before the first day of the quarter they want to begin classes. A copy of the student's current I-94 card is required. 

HB 1079 (Undocumented Person) Waiver

 Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed to make certain students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States eligible to pay resident tuition rates. To qualify students must complete an affidavit declaring they have resided in Washington state for three years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school or completed the equivalent of a high school diploma. HB 1079 Waiver Form

 

Gold Card Waiver

A Gold Card allows eligible students who are 60 years of age or older to audit classes at a reduced tuition rate. Currently, the cost is a $5.00 registration fee and $6.75 per credit, plus class or technology fees if applicable.

Conditions:

  • The student must be 60 years of age or older.
  • The student must be a Washington State resident for the previous 12 months.
  • The Gold Card Waiver can be applied to up to two classes per quarter.
  • The student must register after the class has met at least once.
  • Classes must have seats available at the time of registration.
  • Students must register by the tenth instructional day of the quarter (eighth instructional day of summer quarter).
  • The class must be audited; students may not earn credits in classes for which the Gold Card Waiver is applied.
  • Students may not enroll in classes paying regular tuition, then drop and re-register using the tuition waiver in order to create an available seat in the class.

Directions:

  1. Obtain a Registration Form from the Enrollment Services office.
  2. Take the Registration Form to the first session of the class for which you would like to register.
  3. Ask the instructor to sign the form.
  4. Bring the signed form to the Enrollment Services office with photo ID during office hours to register. Enrollment Services staff will enroll you as long as there is a seat available in the class.

Clark College Employee Waiver

Clark College waives tuition and facilities/matriculation fees for full-time permanent employees who enroll in state-supported (credit-bearing) classes at Clark College. Employees are charged a non-refundable registration fee of $5.00, plus class fees if applicable.

Conditions:

  • Students may not enroll in classes paying regular tuition, then drop and re-register using the tuition waiver in order to create an available seat in the class.

Directions:

  1. Download the Clark College Tuition Waiver Request form.
  2. Complete the form, obtain signatures from your Supervisor if the course is scheduled during your regularly-scheduled work hours, and from Human Resources (no earlier than 7 days prior to the beginning of the quarter).
  3. Obtain Registration Form from Enrollment Services in Gaiser Hall, or print the form from here.
  4. Attend the first class session with Registration Form.
    1. If the class is full, obtain instructor's signature to overload.
    2. To check seat availability, go to the class schedule.
    3. Instructor signature is required, regardless of space avabilability, beginning the 3rd day of the quarter.
  5. Present both forms with photo ID to Enrollment Services, after the first class meeting, in order to complete the registration process.
  6. Enroll in the class by tenth day of the quarter (eighth day of summer quarter).
  7. There is no limit to how many classes a Clark College employee may take each quarter.

Classified State Employee or Washington Public Higher Education Employee

Classified State employees and Washington Public Higher Education employees may enroll in Clark College classes at a reduced tuition rate. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $5.00 per quarter, plus 20% of the tuition cost per credit hour tuition charge (subtract $5.75 building fee), plus a $6.75 per credit facilities/matriculation/technology fee, as well as class fees if applicable.
Conditions:

  • Participants must be permanent, full-time employees in State classified service.
  • Eligible employees:
    • permanent classified service
    • permanent employees employed half-time or more governed by chapter RCW 41.56
    • permanent classified employees and exempt paraprofessional employees of technical colleges
    • non-academic employees and members of the faculty and instructional staff employed at institutions of higher education
  • There is a limit of two state-supported classes per quarter, excluding fee-based classes.
  • Classes must have seats available at the time of registration.
  • Ineligible classes:
    • state-supported courses that are not continuous enrollment
    • self-supported courses
    • special admission courses
    • individual study courses
    • internships
    • other classes that the College determines are not appropriate for late enrollment
  • Students may not enroll in classes paying regular tuition, then drop and re-register using the tuition waiver in order to create an available seat in the class.
  • Tuition waiver students are not eligible to participate in ASCC programs funded by the Service and Activity Fee.
  • Tuition waiver students must adhere to all existing College academic policies and procedures.

Directions:

  1. Download the Clark College Tuition Waiver Request form.
    • Fill out the top of the form and have it signed by your personnel office.
  2. Obtain Registration Form from Enrollment Services in Gaiser Hall, or print it from here.
  3. Attend the first class meeting with the Registration Form.
    • Make sure the class you attend is an eligible class (see list of ineligible classes above).
    • Ask the instructor sign your Registration Form.
  4. Bring the signed form to the Enrollment Services office with photo ID to register. Enrollment Services staff will enroll you as long as there is a seat available in the class.
  5. You must register for the class between the sixth and tenth instructional days of the quarter (sixth and eighth instructional days of summer quarter).
  6. Fees must be paid immediately after registering.

Other Waivers

Addtional waivers are listed below under the departments that serve them:

Enrollment Services Office

  • Children of Deceased Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Fighter
  • Native American Waiver
  • Inter-district Concurrent Enrollment
  • Wrongfully Convicted Felon Waiver

Transitional Studies: High School Completion

Running Start: Running Start Waiver