Pay for College

Steps to Enroll » Step 3: Determine Funding



Affording college

Tuition costs across colleges and universities in Washington increase every year. SPSCC takes paying for college seriously. Along with countless opportunities to find funding and scholarships, we offer world-class instruction at a fraction of the cost of a 4-year school, just under $4,000 a year.

Estimated annual expenses at SPSCC

  • Tuition & Fees:  $3,957
  • Room & Board:  $3,270 living w/parent, $9,780 living on own
  • Books & Supplies:  $1,050
  • Total:  $8,277 living w/parent, $14,787 living on own

Save more living with family

Another perk of attending community college close to home is that students can save significantly by continuing to live at home with parents or family.

Net Price Calculator

This tool gives you an estimated net price — cost of attendance minus scholarships and grants — of attending SPSCC as a full-time student.


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Financial Aid

Last year, SPSCC awarded $12.2 million in total annual financial assistance, with an average financial award of $5,253. Find out how to apply for financial aid.

Plan a visit or tour and meet with an admissions specialist to learn more about how your family can afford to pay for college.

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Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the SPSCC Foundation provides over $500,000 in scholarships to hundreds of eligible students. Awards range from $500 to $4,000.

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Running Start

Families can plan for college expenses even earlier by enrolling high school juniors and seniors in SPSCC classes through Running Start. The most successful students can enroll as a junior at a 4-year school after graduating with a high school diploma and an associate degree — for free.

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Other Funding Sources

Students have opportunities to find many funding sources to pay for college, no matter their background, age, or learning goals.