College Cost

Community colleges are a good financial choice. Even if you plan on earning a bachelor’s degree, beginning your education at a community college will save you thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.

You may qualify for reduced or free tuition and fees. Are you a veteran of the armed services or a child or spouse of a veteran? Are you a resident of the area and want to learn English? Or maybe you qualify in another way? Check Tuition Waivers for the full list of reduced tuition and tuition waivers.

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Community colleges are a good financial choice, even for those who plan to earn a four-year degree.

Estimated annual tuition and fees*

Highline College: $3,846


Four-Year Public College: $11,300


Four-Year Private College: $40,000


*Estimated annual in-state, lower division tuition and fees for a student enrolled in 15 credits each term during the 2016–2017 academic year.

Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid uses the following as a guide to estimate what it may cost** you to attend Highline College for 3 quarters (9 months)/45 credits total.

Fall 2016 through Summer 2017

ExpenseIndependent Student Living in an ApartmentIndependent Student Living with Parents
Tuition and Fees$3,846$3,846
Books and Supplies$825$825
Rent, Food and Utilities$10,140$7,634
Personal Expenses$2,271$1,867

Expected Family Contribution: Congress mandates the process used to determine how much the student and his or her family can contribute toward the student’s cost. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by the information reported on the FAFSA. We use the following formula to determine your eligibility: Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid Need.

**The actual amount of financial aid awarded may only meet a portion of your costs.

Fall 2015 through Summer 2016
Upper Division/Applied Bachelor’s Degrees

ExpenseResident (per academic year, 3 quarters)
* Rounded to the nearest dollar