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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 $3,223 USD (based on 15 credits) per quarter (3 months), or $9,669 USD 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 $2750 USD per quarter (approximately 3 months), $5500 USD for two quarters (6 months), and $8,250 USD for one academic year (9 months). These fees are effective starting with the quarter that begins September 2017.

Estimated Expenses for College-Level Courses and High School Completion, 2017–2018

Item Per quarter
(3 months)
Per academic year
(3 quarters)
Tuition and fees* $3,223 USD $9,669 USD
Health insurance** $318 USD $954 USD
Books and supplies $300 USD $900 USD
Home stay $650/month*** $1,950 USD $5,850 USD
Personal expenses (estimate) $750 USD $2,250 USD
Total estimated cost $6,541 USD $19,623 USD

* Academic tuition and fees based are based on 15 credits at the Lakewood campus. Pierce College Puyallup tuition and fees are US$3,252 USD (15 credits) per quarter; exact cost depends on number of credits.

** Pierce College requires all enrolled international students to have medical and accident insurance from The Lewer Agency. Pierce does not accept insurance from other companies. Students will be required to purchase Lewer insurance on arrival and on a quarterly basis during their stay at Pierce College. 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.

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

Item Per quarter
(3 months)
Per academic year
(3 quarters)
Tuition and fees $2,750 USD $8,250 USD
Health insurance* $318 USD $954 USD
Books and supplies $250 USD $750 USD
Homestay $650/month** $1,950 USD $5,850 USD
Personal expenses (estimate) $750 USD $2,250 USD
Total estimated cost $6,018 USD $18,054 USD

* Pierce College requires all enrolled international students to have medical and accident insurance from The Lewer Agency. Pierce does not accept insurance from other companies. Students will be required to purchase Lewer insurance on arrival and on a quarterly basis during their stay at Pierce College. 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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