College costs vary and will depend on the type of school you attend and the number of courses you take. College costs generally include tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation.
Tuition and fees pay for classes and the use of some campus facilities, like libraries. The following table may not include all required fees. Check with each institution for more information.
2012-13 Resident Undergraduate
Tuition and Fees
|Colleges and Universities||Estimated Tuition and Fees|
|University of Washington||$11,700|
|Washington State University||$11,386|
|Central Washington University||$7,941|
|Eastern Washington University||$7,372|
|The Evergreen State College||$7,811|
|Western Washington University||$8,022|
|Community & Technical Colleges||$4,000|
If you meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for resident tuition rates at Washington public colleges and universities. To qualify, you will need to complete an affidavit promising to apply for permanent residency in the United States at the earliest possible opportunity and indicating a willingness to engage in activities necessary to acquire citizenship. Learn more.
While the cost of college can be high, the cost of not going is even higher. Over a lifetime, a college graduate will earn about $1 million more than someone with only a high school diploma. And the more education you have, the more likely you are to:
|Median Annual Income of All Workers|
Age 25 and Up*
|No high school diploma||$19,405|
|High school diploma or GED||$26,894|
|Some college or associate degree||$32,874|
|*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007|
You may be eligible for federal income tax credits and other deductions.
See IRS Publication 970: Tax Deductions for College Expenses, which includes
information about the following tax credits and deductions: