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Tuition Waivers

Residency Classifications
Oregon Border
Washington Non-Resident
Veterans
Dependents of Veterans
Non-Resident Refugee
Gold Card Waiver
HB 1079 (Undocumented Person)
Clark College Employee Waiver
Classified State Employee or Washington Public Higher Education Employee
Other
Tuition and Fees

Oregon Border County Residents

Students who live in a qualifying border county in Oregon 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 nonimmigrant visa classification 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. The qualifying border counties are:
  • Clackamas
  • Gilliam
  • Multnomah
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Clatsop
  • Hood River
  • Sherman
  • Wallowa
  • Columbia
  • Morrow
  • Umatilla
  • Wasco

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 classification 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 completed Residence Questionnaire form and all required documents.  Contact the Admissions Department for further information.

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: Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at (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: Call 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 Affairs Office 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 providing 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 was 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.

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: Directions:
  1. Obtain a Class Registration Form from the Registration Office.
  2. Take the Class 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 Registration Office with photo ID during office hours to register. Registration 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: Directions:
  1. Obtain a tuition waiver form from the Human Resources Office. If a class meets during your scheduled workday, a supervisor's signature is required.
  2. Attend the first class session and have the instructor sign a Class Registration Form.
  3. After the first class meeting, present the tuition waiver form and the signed Registration Form to the Registration Office with photo ID to get enrolled.
  4. Register in the class by tenth day of the quarter (eighth day of summer quarter).
  5. 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: Directions:
  1. Obtain a State Employee Tuition Waiver From from the Human Resources Office at Clark College.
    • Fill out the top of the form and have it signed by your personnel office.
  2. Obtain a Class Registration Form from the Registration Office.
  3. Attend the first class meeting with the Class Registration Form.
    • Make sure the class you attend is an eligible class (see list of ineligible classes above).
    • Ask the instructor sign your Class Registration Form.
  4. Bring the signed form to the Registration Office with photo ID during office hours to register. Registration 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

Most 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:

Registration Office

Admissions Office

High School Completion Office

Veterans Affairs Office

Running Start Office

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