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Costs and Payment Options

Lower Columbia College believes every person should have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals regardless of financial circumstances.

We hope these pages provide useful information on how to manage the cost of your college education.

Tuition and Fees Schedule

Tuition at Lower Columbia College is set by the Washington State Legislature and may change according to the state's budget situation. 

Types of Aid Available

There are many types of financial aid designed to help you with college. 

Options for Paying for College

Payment of tuition and fees is due the Friday after registering for classes. Exceptions apply to students who register for Fall quarter classes during the previous Spring or Summer quarter.

Students who have applied for financial aid and completed all requested documents can register and make arrangements to delay tuition payment until their award is processed.

Students who have not made arrangements to pay by the deadline will be dropped from their classes.

Payment options include cash, check, debit card, Visa or MasterCard, purchase of a tuition deferment, or enrollment in the Tuition Payment Plan.

Pay Tuition and Fees - In Person

Pay in person at the Cashier Window. Payment options include cash, check, debit card, Visa or MasterCard or purchase of a tuition deferment. 

Pay my tuition/fees online

Pay online with a credit or debit card. Payment options include debit card, Visa or MasterCard, or enrollment in the Tuition Payment Plan. A Student ID number and Global PIN are required.

Tuition Deferment

Qualified students may purchase a Tuition Deferment for $35. The fee is nonrefundable, however; $25 is applied towards tuition if paid in full by the deferment date set each quarter. Request a tuition deferment at the Cashier window.

Financial Aid

Get important information about the process of applying for Financial Aid, including dates, deadlines and forms

Tuition Payment Plan

Learn how you can manage your tuition payments in smaller, convenient monthly payments through your bank account or credit/debit card.


Students can apply for multiple scholarships by completing a single online application. Applications are generally accepted January through April for the following academic year, but some scholarships may become available later.

Special Audit Rate for Senior Citizens

If space is available after the first class meeting, Washington residents 60 or older may audit up to two classes for $2.50 per class plus $1.20 per credit facilities use fee and applicable lab fees.

Work Study and Student Employment

Work-study and student assistant positions are challenging real-world opportunities that help students prepare for a career.

Tax Credit

You may be eligible to claim a tax credit for higher education expenses on your federal income tax return.

Additional Options

Opportunity Grant Program

A financial aid and student support program designed for students in one or two-year professional/technical programs who are seeking to improve their skills and prepare for a high demand career.

TRiO Student Support Services

A federally funded program providing academic support to college students who are first generation, low income or have documented disabilities.

Veterans' Services

Guidance to veterans about eligibility requirements and the processes needed to access educational benefits under the GI Bill, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Worker Retraining

A state-funded program providing job-related training and employment services to dislocated and unemployed workers to help them gain additional training in their existing field or get started on a new career.


A state program designed to assist low-income parents receiving TANF cash assistance from DSHS in achieving their educational and employment goals.