Washington State Support for Higher Education

Through Opportunity Pathways, Washington State provides a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their families pay for college. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.0681, the approximate level of state support received by students is being provided to the colleges for your use.

Amounts in the table below represent an average for a full-time equivalent, lower division resident student attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2015-16.

2015-16 Resident Undergraduate
Instructional cost per FTE student $7,126
Operating Fee* $3,056
Net state support per FTE student** $4,070

*Operating Fee amount is based on the full-time equivalent operating fee for lower division classes.

** The Net Support per Student FTE is the amount paid by the state from taxes and other funds.

The following table indicates the amount of state supported financial aid including that provided from the local institutional financial aid fund (3½ percent).

2013-14 State Financial Aid Institutional Financial Aid
Undergraduate Resident $845* $111
Undergraduate Nonresident $0 ** $0 **

* Includes State Work Study, State Need Grant, and all other financial aid programs administered by the Washington State Achievement Council, and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges administered programs: Opportunity Grants and Worker Retraining Financial Aid.

** State and Institutional financial aid is not available to nonresidents.

Data source provided by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is available upon request.

Questions? Please contact Brian Myhre at 360.704.4413 or