Why Spokane Community College?

Simply stated, SCC represents the best bargain in higher education available in the state of Washington. Low tuition, excellent financial assistance, great student support services, superb faculty, and incredible program offerings converge at SCC to provide the very best value in higher education.

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  • Affordable
    Tuition at SCC is among the lowest in the state. Whether you're starting a four-year college education, or seeking a technical degree or certificate, SCC is the most affordable way to get started.
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  • Financial Assistance
    Two out of every three SCC students benefit from financial aid. In the academic year 2011-2012, SCC offered over 52 million dollars in aid to approximately 70% of its students seeking degrees or certificates. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year.
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  • Dedicated Teaching Faculty
    With more than 500 highly qualified and experienced full- and part-time instructors (3), students experience smaller class sizes and receive more individual attention than they would at most public four-year and private institutions.
  • Extensive Program Offerings
    SCC offers over 85 degrees and certificates (programs of study) in a wide variety of academic, professional, and technical fields. Nearly 70% of our students say that our program offering was a key factor in their decision to attend SCC. (4)
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  • Earn Degrees Online
    And best of all, you don't have to live in the Spokane area to take advantage of our excellent programs. You can earn many degrees and certificates over the Internet through our eLearning programs.
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  • Take a Tour of Campus
    Want to see what the campus is like? Visit the Tours page and book a tour!
  1. Prince, David and Jenkins, Davis (April 2005). Building Pathways to Success for Low-Skill Adult Students: Lessons for Community College Policy and Practice from a Statewide Longitudinal Tracking Study. Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
  2. Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Academic Year Report 2004-05. Tables: Status of Job Preparatory Completers Nine Months After College, Class of 2003-04 and Status of Job Preparatory Early Leavers Nine Months After College, Class of 2003-04.
  3. Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Academic Year Report 2004-05. Table: Number of Employees by Category of Employee, All Funds.
  4. SCC Class-Time Preference Survey, conducted Fall 2005.

Tuition and Fee Comparison

Starting a four-year education? The tuition you save during your first two years at SCC could actually pay for a year or more of your tuition at a four-year institution after you transfer.

Please note: For the most up-to-date information about tuition and fees, please refer to the CCS website.

Washington Resident Out-of-state Resident

Tuition and Fees,
Full-time Student
Tuition and Fees,
Full-time Student
Spokane Community College $2,550 - $3,216 -
Eastern Washington University $4,905 $4,710 $13,740 $21,048
Washington State University $6,866 $8,632 $17,180 $27,928
Whitworth University $25,682 $46,264 $25,682 $44,932
Gonzaga University $26,120 $47,140 $26,120 $45,808
Please note: This comparison is based on 2007-2008 tuition for a full-time student attending one full academic year. This excludes lab and course fees, room and board, etc.

Seeking a technical degree or professional certificate?

Check out SCC first. While it may be possible to earn certain technical degrees or professional certificates more quickly at a proprietary institution, your total tuition costs will be many times higher than at SCC.

Tuition and Fees,
Full-time Student
Spokane Community College $2,550 -
Proprietary Schools(1) $7,000-$10,000 $4,450-$7,450
(1): Includes schools such as Phoenix University, Apollo College, and ITT Tech