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Lower Columbia College makes the following information available to the general public, as required by state and federal laws and/or College policy.

How to make a Public Records Request

As a state agency, Lower Columbia College is subject to the provisions of the Washington state public disclosure laws (RCW 42.56) governing access to public records and will respond accordingly. There may be exemptions to disclosure that may prohibit the college from releasing certain documents.

See Public Records Request for complete information on how to make a request.



Academic Rights & Responsibilities

Students academic rights and responsibilities at Lower Columbia College.

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Lower Columbia College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

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Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Lower Columbia College to provide equal opportunity in all facets of education, hiring and continued employment regardless of sex, race, marital status, creed, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or religious preference.

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Campus Maps

For information on campus buildings, facilities and maps to various campus locations.

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Costs of Attending Lower Columbia College

Tuition at Lower Columbia College is set by the Washington State Legislature and may change according to the state's budget situation. Current information about tuition rates, student fees and cost estimates for books and supplies is available.

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Complaint Resolution for Out-of-State Students

In compliance with the language passed in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, institutions offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency, and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state.

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Degrees and Certificates offered at Lower Columbia College

Lower Columbia College offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs which help prepare students either to transfer to baccalaureate colleges and universities or to enter a professional/technical field. Basic skills and non-credit Continuing Education programs are also available.

For the full list of programs see Programs of Study.

For information on basic skills classes designed to prepare students for success in entry-level college courses see Transitional Studies.

For non-credit Continuing Education options see Corporate & Continuing Education.

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Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services at Lower Columbia College is committed to providing equal opportunity accommodations for visitors and qualified students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State Law.

For more information visit the Admissions Center Room 143, call 360.442.2340 (TTY phone 360.442.2344) or email DSS.

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(FERPA) Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The following laws and regulations may prevent Lower Columbia College from disclosing the personal information about you except for directory information. Only directory information can be released without student's authorization. Students must sign a release in order to have any other information disclosed or to withhold all information. Education information may be released to other institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Information may be released to a third party without student's consent if an emergency situation exists or if information is requested officially by means of a subpoena, court order or legal report. Additionally, Congress requires student information to be released to military recruiters if officially requested. Directory information may include student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
    Section 438, Public Law 90-247 Title IV, as amended, 88 Stat 571-574 (20 USC 1232g) otherwise known as the Buckley Amendment Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • RCW 42.56.210 (a) and (ss) exempts the following from public inspection and copying: (a) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools, patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies, or welfare recipients; (ss) Credit card numbers, debit card numbers, electronic check numbers, card expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers supplied to an agency for the purpose of electronic transfer of funds, except when disclosure is expressly required by law.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to Lower Columbia College students from a variety of state, federal, and private sources and may include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment. Applying for financial aid is a lengthy process and is controlled by the rules and regulations set by the funding agencies.

Advance planning is necessary to complete and submit the basic financial aid application in a timely fashion. Information about types of aid, eligibility requirements, satisfactory academic progress criteria (SAP), are available online at Financial Aid and at the Financial Aid Office in the Admissions Center at 360.442.2390 or email Financial Aid. For additional information about scholarships available to Lower Columbia College students see Scholarships.

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Gainful Employment

In compliance with new federal regulations designed to show how vocational programs prepare graduates for gainful employment, Lower Columbia College provides information for each professional technical certificate program.

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Graduation Rates

Lower Columbia College provides this information pursuant to the federal Student Right to Know Act so that prospective students can make informed decisions about colleges they might wish to attend.

For help in interpreting these data, contact the Office of Institutional Research, 360.442.2490.

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Jobs and Employment

It is the policy of Lower Columbia College to provide equal opportunity in education and employment regardless of sex, race, color, marital status, creed, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious preference, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Qualified members of protected classes are encouraged to apply.

For information about Career & Employment Services for employers, students, alumni, and community members see Career Center. Carl Perkins funding allows Lower Columbia College to offer valuable computer based programs, training and services designed to help local residents find and get the career or workforce they desire.

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Net Price Calculator

This calculator provides estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost (price) of attendance at Lower Columbia College — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid, to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

Information provided on this site is confidential. The Net Price Calculator does not store responses or ask for personal identifying information of any kind.

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Refund of Fees

A refund of fees and tuition will be made to students or to financial aid programs for students who officially withdraw from classes according to the official schedule. When Lower Columbia College cancels a class, a full refund is made. Special refund policies apply to Community Education classes.

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Safety and Security

Lower Columbia College is committed to assisting students, staff and all members of the local community in providing for their own safety and security. Information regarding campus security, crime statistics, campus closures and emergencies, personal safety.

Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act, requires higher education institutions to collect, report and disseminate crime data to the campus community and US Department of Education; to provide timely warnings of reported crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees; and to make public their campus security policies. In compliance with this legislation, Lower Columbia College disseminates timely warnings to faculty, staff students and the community, produces an annual crime report, and maintains a log of reported criminal incidents.

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Sole Source Contract Transparency

Lower Columbia College hereby posts proposed contract information for the required minimum ten (10) day period prior to the intended contract start date.

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State Support of Education

The Washington State legislature wants students to know how much the state contributes to the cost of their instruction at community and technical colleges. Information is provided by the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

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Stormwater Management

Lower Columbia College participates in a Stormwater Management Plan with the goal to increase awareness of the link between on-campus activities and water quality in streams and lakes in Cowlitz County.

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Student Code of Conduct

Student conduct at Lower Columbia College is governed by Washington State Administrative Code, Chapter 132M - 121. Disciplinary and grievance procedures are spelled out in the Lower Columbia College Student Code of Conduct.

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Student Services and Activities Fees Expenditures

Student program expenditures made from state assigned budget categories. Expenditures are made from services and activities fee based budgets, as managed by the Associated Student Government, Student Services, including Student Athletics programs.

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Student Right to Know

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Voter Registration

Do you want to register to vote in the State of Washington?

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Website Privacy Policy

Policy that addresses collection, use, and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of Lower Columbia College website.

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