Tuition and Fees

Between work, school and home life, there can be a lot to track. Bookmark this page to look up tuition deadlines and make paying fees easy. 

Quarterly Deadlines

Please see the Academic Calendar for upcoming Tuition Deadlines.

Students who register early must pay tuition by the quarterly deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar.

  • After a deadline has passed, tuition (and applicable fees) are due within 7 business days from the date the student registered for classes or by the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first.
  • Once the quarter begins, tuition is due immediately.
  • Students are encouraged to pay early, talk to Financial Aid, or their funding office to secure their enrollment in classes and to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

Payment Options

You may pay tuition and fees online or in monthly installments:

Online: North Seattle College accepts Visa or MasterCard through our online payment system. 

How to pay online:

  1. Visit ctcLink and login with your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) and password. If you have not activated your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) or need assistance recovering it, please click here for support.
  2. For step-by-step instructions on how to pay your balance, visit the ctcLink Resources page, scroll down to the "Navigating ctcLink (Desktop/Browser)" section and select "Make a Payment on Your Account."

Monthly Installments: We offer a deferred payment service called e-Cashier through our partner NelNet (FACTS Management Company), which will enable you to make automated monthly tuition payments from a bank account, debit card or credit card. You can budget as little as $100 of tuition costs, and there are no interest charges. The e-Cashier page has detailed information about the system and a schedule of due dates.

How to enroll in a payment plan:

  1. Visit ctcLink and login with your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) and password. If you have not activated your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) or need assistance recovering it, please click here for support
  2. For step-by-step instructions on how to set up your payment plan, visit the ctcLink Resources page, scroll down to the "Navigating ctcLink (Desktop/Browser)" section and select "Enroll in a Nelnet Payment Plan."  

Residency Status

Washington state residents pay significantly less for tuition than non-residents. Information about qualifying for residency status (and the lower residency tuition rate) is available from Determine Residency Status.

Tuition Waivers & Discounts

Education incentives in the form of discounted tuition rates and tuition waivers are available for:

  • Washington state employees
  • Higher-education employees (employed at least 50 percent FTE), their dependent children and spouses who reside in the state of Washington
  • Veterans, active-duty military, Washington National Guard, and their spouses and dependents
  • Children of deceased or disabled law enforcement officers or firefighters
  • Washington resident seniors, 60+ years

More information is available from Waivers & Discounts. Check with the Admissions & Registration Office and Veterans Services for details on eligibility, requirements and restrictions.


Refunds are available upon request if you withdraw from one or more classes within the first 20 days of quarter. Refund amounts and requirements are available from the Refund Deadlines page.

Educational Cost Statement

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2021-22 academic year is $12,445. Students pay an average of $3,445 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $9,000 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student. The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.


Tuition and fee information is provided for informational purposes only. Your final tuition payment will depend on the number of courses taken and your residency status.

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the College reserves the right to change fees or times without notice.