Cost of college went up for all students at Whatcom Community College

In-state tuition and fees rose 3.3 percent for 2017-18 at Whatcom Community College, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.


In-state tuition and fees rose 3.3 percent for 2017-18 at Whatcom Community College, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

Washington residents paid $4,460 to attend the four-year public institution this year $144 more than the $4,316 charged for 2016-17.

Non-residents paid 121.5 percent more than residents this year, or $9,878. Their price tag grew 2.7 percent from $9,618 in 2016-17.

About 98 percent of the school's undergraduate population are Washington residents. And about 2 percent are residents of other states.

Data shows 63 percent of full-time undergraduates who started school in 2015-16 received student financial aid in some form. In all, 163 students received grants or scholarships totaling $913,633 and 29 students took out student loans totaling more than $128,974.

Including all undergraduates, 1,509 students used grants or scholarships totaling $7.84 million. Another 466 took out $2.64 million in federal student loans.

The cost of attending
Enrollment
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Change in tuition and fees 2014-15 to 2017-18
In-state
~4,417
$4,465
$4,311
$4,316
$4,460
-0.1%
Out-of-state
~90
$9,700
$9,727
$9,618
$9,878
1.8%

Undergraduate financial aid
The following data includes only full-time students who began an undergraduate program at the Whatcom Community College in 2015-16.
Type of Aid
Number of students receiving aid
Percent receiving aid
Total amount of aid received
Average amount of aid per student
Federal grants
129
43%
$533,703
$4,137
State / local grant or scholarship
108
36%
$303,965
$2,814
Institutional grants or scholarships
61
20%
$75,965
$1,245
Grant or scholarship aid total
163
54%
$913,633
$5,605
Federal student loans
27
9%
$113,364
$4,199
Other student loans
1%
Student loan aid
29
10%
$128,974
$4,447
Total student aid
190
63%

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