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2017-2018 Academic Year Tuition

All costs are listed in U.S. dollars.

Tuition is set by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and is subject to change.

  • For 2017-2018, to study in our college-level classes or the high school completion program, tuition is US$3,168 (based on 15 credits) per quarter (3 months), or US$9,504 for one academic year (9 months). These fees are effective starting with the quarter that begins September 2017.
  • For 2017-2018, tuition for the Intensive English Program (ESL) is US$2750 per quarter (approximately 3 months), US$5500 for two quarters (6 months), and US$8,250 for one academic year (9 months). These fees are effective starting with the quarter that begins September 2017.

College-Level Courses and High School Completion

Estimated Costs for the 2017-2018 Academic School Year
Expenses for college-level courses and high school completion
Item Per quarter
(3 months)
Per academic year
(3 quarters)
Tuition and fees* US$3,168 US$9,504
Health insurance** $318 $954
Books and supplies $300 $900
Home stay $650/month*** $1,950 $5,850
Personal expenses (estimate) $750 $2,250
Total estimated cost US$6,486 US$19,458

* Academic tuition and fees based are based on 15 credits at the Lakewood campus. Pierce College Puyallup tuition and fees are US$3,196 (15 credits) per quarter; exact cost depends on number of credits.

** Students must buy health insurance while at Pierce College OR provide proof, in English, of adequate coverage. Please visit the Medical Insurance web page for more details.

*** Homestay includes a private, furnished room and 3 meals per day. Students may also choose to live in the Center for Global Scholars Residence Hall or rented apartments or single rooms near the college. Please visit the housing web page for more details.

Pierce College reserves the right to change any fees without notice to comply with state or college regulations and policies.

Expenses for the Intensive English Program (ESL), 2017-2018

Expenses for the Intensive English Program (ESL), 2017-2018
Item Per quarter
(3 months)
Per academic year
(3 quarters)
Tuition and fees US$2,750 US$8,250
Health insurance* $318 $954
Books and supplies $250 $750
Homestay $650/month** $1,950 $5,850
Personal expenses (estimate) $750 $2,250
Total estimated cost US$6,018 US$18,054

* Students must buy health insurance while at Pierce College OR provide proof, in English, of adequate coverage. Please visit the Medical Insurance web page for more details.

** Homestay includes a private, furnished room and 3 meals per day. Students may also choose to live in the Center for Global Scholars Residence Hall or rented apartments or single rooms near the college. Please visit the housing web page for more details.

Pierce College reserves the right to change any fees without notice to comply with state or college regulations and policies.

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