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Determining whether or not you have enough financial aid to come to South is essential to making sure South Seattle College is the right school for you.  We are required by the US Department of Education and the State of Washington to produce a budget called the Cost of Attendance.  Cost of Attendance shows both the direct and indirect costs of 9 months of education at South Seattle College.  We estimate the average of these costs to create the Cost of Attendance.

Direct Costs are costs that you’ll pay directly to the school.  This would include tuition, fees, and in some cases, books.  Miscellaneous fees like a parking permit or library fine are also direct costs.  If you didn’t have any financial aid assistance, you’d pay these costs at the Cashier’s Office.

Indirect Costs are other important costs you have to consider when deciding where to go to school.  Indirect costs are costs that you’ll pay to other people or organizations while you’re in school, such as rent, utilities, food, clothing, and transportation expenses.

Cost of Attendance

At South, we have a number of Cost of Attendance budgets depending on your program of study, your residency, and your living arrangements.  Below are our most common Cost of Attendance budgets, but there are many others.  You can see the Cost of Attendance we’ve assigned to you on the Student Financial Aid Portal (see the menu on the left side).

It’s very important that you understand that these are not your actual costs.  They are average estimates for students in each category.  These figures may not represent your actual costs but are a good guide.


Resident Living at Home

Resident Living on Own

BAS Program, Resident Living on Own

Non-Resident Living on Own

Tuition and fees*










Room and Board










Misc. Expenses










*Assumes 15 credits per quarter or 45 credits per year


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