Dec 19, 2018  
College Catalog 2017-2018 
College Catalog 2017-2018

Admissions & Registration

Getting Started at RTC

  1. Connect - with an Entry Advisor
    Students interested in career training and direct transfer programs must meet with an Entry Advisor in Student Success.
    Explore career pathways, college services, and discuss entry requirements.
    If you are a Veteran or a military affiliated individual,  please see Veterans Department (J-218 B or C).
  2. Apply - for Admission & Financial Aid
    Apply for admission in person or online.
    Complete your FAFSA online at and visit the Financial Aid Department to submit necessary documents (I-205).
    If you have questions or need assistance with your FAFSA, visit the Learning Resource & Career Center (C-102).
    If you are a Veteran or using VA benefits call (425) 235-2352 ext. 5805 for an appointment.
  3. Assess - and Review Your Skills
    Prep for the ACCUPLACER test by visiting the Learning Resource & Career Center (C-102).
    Complete the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and ACCUPLACER test in Testing Services (J-218) if necessary.
    Review your assessments with an Entry Advisor and select a program of study (I-218)

Admission/Registration Office

Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, Building I

(425) 235-2352    
To enroll in person, the Registration Office is open:    
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

(Note: Admission/Registration Office hours will vary during summer months).

Counseling and Advising/Student Success Center

Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, Building I

(425) 235-5840    
RTC offers counseling services to prospective students.    
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

(Note: Admission/Registration Office hours will vary during summer months).

Entrance Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age, possess the vocational interest and goals related to their chosen program of study, and are able to benefit from instruction. Individual programs may have additional entrance requirements related to licensure or require specific educational credentials. Admission to the college may be initiated in person, by phone, by mail or through referral by an agency. In some programs and evening classes, students can be 16 years of age.

Pre-Registration List

If a student applies for entry into a program in which there is not a current opening, the student must complete an admissions application, pay a $30 non-refundable admissions fee, take the required placement assessment, and fulfill any program specific entrance requirements in order to be placed on a pre-registration list. The applicant will be notified by telephone, mail or email when an opening becomes available.


A student withdrawing from a program must submit an Add/Drop form to the Enrollment Services Office. Tuition will be refunded if the withdrawal is within the refund period. A student who has withdrawn may re-enroll in the program if an immediate opening is available, or be placed on the pre-registration list.

Tuition Payment (Career Training Programs)

A $75 late fee will be charged to students currently enrolled in a program at RTC who have not registered before the first day of the quarter. This does not apply to new students registering for the first time.

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

2017 - 2018 TUITION Includes: Building, Comprehensive, Technology, Security and S&A Fees.

# of Credits Washington Residents
Summer 2017
Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Non-Washington Residents Summer 2017 Non-Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
International Students
Summer 2017
International Students
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
1 $109.91 $122.17 $123.34 $135.89 $286.56 $299.17
2 $219.82 $244.34 $246.68 $271.78 $573.12 $598.34
3 $329.73 $366.51 $370.02 $407.67 $859.68 $897.51
4 $439.64 $488.68 $493.36 $543.56 $1,146.24 $1,196.68
5 $549.55 $610.85 $616.70 $679.45 $1,432.80 $1,495.85
6 $659.46 $733.02 $740.04 $815.34 $1,719.36 $1,795.02
7 $769.37 $855.19 $863.38 $951.23 $2,005.92 $2,094.19
8 $879.28 $977.36 $986.72 $1,087.12 $2,292.48 $2,393.36
9 $989.19 $1,099.53 $1,110.06 $1,223.01 $2,579.04 $2,692.53
10 $1,099.10 $1,221.70 $1,233.40 $1,358.90 $2,865.60 $2,991.70
11 $1,157.06 $1,290.78 $1,292.07 $1,428.70 $2,930.75 $3,067.98
12 $1,215.02 $1,359.86 $1,350.74 $1,498.50 $2,995.90 $3,144.26
13 $1,272.98 $1,428.94 $1,409.41 $1,568.30 $3,061.05 $3,220.54
14 $1,330.94 $1,498.02 $1,468.08 $1,638.10 $3,126.20 $3,296.82
15 $1,388.90 $1,567.10 $1,526.75 $1,707.90 $3,191.35 $3,373.10
16 $1,446.86 $1,636.18 $1,585.42 $1,777.70 $3,256.50 $3,449.38
17 $1,504.82 $1,705.26 $1,644.09 $1,847.50 $3,321.65 $3,525.66
18 $1,562.78 $1,774.34 $1,702.76 $1,917.30 $3,386.80 $3,601.94
19 $1,662.11 $1,885.70 $1,802.09 $2,028.66 $3,662.84 $3,890.30
20 $1,761.44 $1,997.06 $1,901.42 $2,140.02 $3,938.88 $4,178.66
21 $1,860.77 $2,108.42 $2,000.75 $2,251.38 $4,214.92 $4,467.02
22 $1,960.10 $2,219.78 $2,100.08 $2,362.74 $4,490.96 $4,755.38
23 $2,059.43 $2,331.14 $2,199.41 $2,474.10 $4,767.00 $5,034.74
24 $2,158.76 $2,442.50 $2,298.74 $2,585.46 $5,043.04 $5,332.10
25 $2,258.09 $2,553.86 $2,398.07 $2,696.82 $5,319.08 $5,620.46

Please note that all tuition and fee rates are set by the Washington State Legislature, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and the Board of Trustees and are subject to change. Renton Technical College reserves the right to change, without notice, any fees to comply with the state or college regulation or policies.

Additional Fees by Program

Not included in the Tuition Schedule, max 15 credits per quarter. Fees listed below effective Summer 2017 through Winter 2018.

$5 per credit $10 per credit $20 per credit $40 per credit
Construction Management Automotive Technology/ITEC Autobody Repair and Refinishing Welding
Culinary Arts Ford Asset Band Instrument Repair Technology  
Massage Therapy Practitioner Kitchen Major Appliance Repair Technology Band Instrument Repair with Guitar Technology  
Surgical Technologist Laundry Major Appliance Repair Technology Dental Assistant  
All science courses Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology    
  Precision Machining Technologies    
  Professional Baking    
  Refrigeration Technology, Domestic/Commercial    
  Registered Nurse    
Not included in the Tuition Schedule, max 15 credits per quarter. Fees listed below effective Spring Quarter 2018.
$5/credit $10/credit $15/credit $20/credit $50/credit
Computer Applications Culinary Arts Autobody Repair and Refinishing Anesthesia Technologist Registered Nurse - Associate Degree
Legal Assistant Kitchen Major Appliance Repair Technology Automotive Technology Band Instrument Repair Technology Welding
All Science courses Laundry Major Appliance Repair Technology Construction Management Central Service Technician  
  Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology Ford ASSET Dental Assistant  
  Mechatronics Precision Machining Technologies Massage Therapy Practictioner  
  Professional Baking   Medical Assistant  
  Refrigeration Technology, Domestic/Commercial   Medical Assistant - Phlebotomy  
      Nursing Assistant - Certified  
      Ophthalmic Assistant  
      Pharmacy Technician  
      Surgical Technologist  
      Veterinary Assistant  


Additional Fees by Course

Not included in the tuition schedule. Fees listed below are effective Spring 2018.

$25/course $40/course $50/course
Computer Science (100 and 200 levels) Computer Networking (CNT 100 and 200 levels) Application Developer - BAS (CSI 200 and 400 level)
  BIOL 105 Computer Network Architecture - BAS (CNA 300 and 400 levels)
  BIOL& 160  
  BIOL& 241  
  BIOL& 242  
  BIOL& 260  


Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan

The Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP) program allows you to pay your tuition on an installment plan.

  • To enroll, complete a STEPP enrollment form at the Cashier’s office before the tuition due date, or at the time of registration (if later).
  • Each quarter you must enroll with the Cashier before making your first payment.
  • Payments are made in three installments (two for summer).
  • There is a quarterly $30 nonrefundable enrollment fee.
  • Any partial payment made toward tuition without enrolling in STEPP could result in administrative withdrawal from classes.
  • Non-refundable course fees such as lab fees or online fees are not eligible to be carried through STEPP.
  • More information about our Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan can be found on our website.

Tuition & Fees Per Credit

Tuition Washington Residents
Summer 2017
Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Non-Washington Residents Summer 2017 Non-Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
International Students
Summer 2017
International Students
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
1-10 credits $81.40 $83.19 $81.40 $83.19 $244.68 $246.47
11-18 credits $40.95 $41.85 $40.95 $41.85 $47.43 $48.33
19+ credits $92.33 $94.36 $92.33 $94.36 $269.04 $271.36

State Support of Higher Education Students Across Washington

(The following table indicates average state support by tuition category for students attending community and technical colleges for the academic year 2016-2017).

  Resident Undergraduate Nonresident Undergraduate
Total Instructional Support Per FTE Student $6,282 $6,282
Operating Fee $3,217 $8,052
Net State Support per FTE Student $3,065


  State Financial Aid Institutional Financial Aid
Resident Undergraduate $845 * $111
Nonresident Undergraduate $0 ** $0 **

*Includes State Work Study, State Need Grant, and all other financial aid programs administered by the HECB, and SBCTC administered programs: Opportunity Grants and Worker Retraining Financial Aid.
**State and Institutional financial aid is not available to nonresidents.

2017-2018 Class Fees

Fees Per Credit Washington Residents
Summer 2017
Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Non-Washington Residents
Summer 2017
Non-Washington Residents
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
S & A 1-10, per credit $10.58 $10.81 $10.58 $10.81
S & A 11-18, per credit $6.15 $6.29 $6.15 $6.29
Comprehensive fee per credit $3.00 $13.00 $3.00 $13.00
Security fee per credit $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
Technology fee per credit $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
Building fee 1-10, per credit $10.93 $11.17 $24.36 $24.89
Building fee 11-18, per credit $3.86 $3.94 $4.57 $4.66


Fees Amount
Hybrid Fee $4 per course
Online Fee $40 per course
Culinary Arts Meals Fee $17.28 per credit
ACCUPLACER Test $10 per test, $25 for all three exams
Application Fee $30
International Application Fee $50
Clinical Placement Fee $75 per 1-4 credit course
  $100 per 5+ credit course
Late Registration $75
Payment Plan Fee $25

* Please note that additional fees may be charged for a specific class and are listed at the end of the course descriptions.

* Students participating in externships or internships may be required to pay for medical malpractice insurance and general liability insurance.

* The Bachelor of Applied Science follows the Upper Division tuition schedule, plus applicable BAS fees. Contact Registration for more details on BAS tuition.

Refund Policy

Tuition will be refunded as follows:

  • From before the start of the quarter through calendar day five of the quarter: 100%
  • From calendar day six through calendar day 20 of the quarter: 50%*
  • From calendar day 21 on: No refund

*Once an online class begins the $40 Online Fee is non-refundable.

If the duration of a class is other than ten weeks, the refund is calculated based on the equivalent percentage of time.

The general refund policy applies to all students in state-support programs. It is the student’s responsibility to complete a change of schedule form and submit it to the Enrollment Services office. Refunds are calculated based on the date the form is received.

  • Refunds will not be granted for students withdrawn for disciplinary reasons.
  • Students called for military active duty will be granted a refund of tuition and fees paid for the current payment period, subject to the rules and regulations of their respective funding sources. Presentation of written confirmation is required.
  • The general refund policy applies to all Renton Technical College students, regardless of financial aid status.
  • Refunds for special programs will be made directly to the funding agency administrator.
  • Tuition and fees that are paid in cash will be refunded by check.

Renton Technical College’s Veterans Refund Policy complies with CFR 21.4255.  In the event the veteran or eligible person fails to enter the course, withdraws, or is dismissed at any time prior to completion, any unused portion of tuition, fees, and other charges is refunded.  Any amount in excess of $10 of the application/registration fee is subject to proration.  The amount charged will not exceed the exact prorate portion of total charges. The length of the completed portion of the course will be prorated over its total length, and the exact proration will be determined by the ratio of the number of days of instruction completed by the student, to the total number of instructional days in the course.  Refunds are made within 40 days of the last date of the student’s attendance.

All tuition and fees will be refunded if the class is canceled by the college.
Application and Payment Plan fees are non-refundable.

Cost of Training

The State of Washington contributes approximately 49 percent of the cost of students’ education through the support of the basic instruction costs. Students are responsible for the remaining 51 percent. In addition to the state support of the basic instructional cost, students may also receive state-supported financial aid if eligible.

Running Start

The Running Start program provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to attend college-level classes, tuition-free, and earn both college and high school credits. However, Running Start students are responsible for textbooks, supplies, transportation, and any class fees.

Running Start students are treated as college students and are subject to the standards and rules and regulations of the college. To participate in Running Start students must demonstrate college-level skills on the ACCUPLACER placement. In addition, the data from the ACCUPLACER will be used to assist in the selection of occupational/technical programs and will ensure appropriate placement in English, Mathematics, and other academic courses.

For Running Start information call (425) 235-2352, ext. 5714 or (425) 235-5840.

Tech Prep

Renton Technical College encourages early pre-registration by high school students for their college program of choice, to assure timely entry. In some cases advanced placement may be granted to students with Tech Prep credits. Through the Puget Sound Dual Credit Career Consortium, Renton Technical College has developed agreements with Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Highline, Issaquah, Kent, Puyallup, the Puget Sound Skills Center, Renton, Sumner, Tahoma and Tukwila school districts.

RTC currently has articulation agreements in the following program areas:

  • Allied Health
  • Accounting
  • Autobody Repair and Refinishing
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Network Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Careers
  • Engineering Design Technology
  • Legal Assistant
  • Precision Machining Technologies
  • Medical Office Technology
  • Welding

Find out more about becoming a Tech Prep student. Contact your high school counselor or vocational teacher, or Renton Technical College’s Student Services office at (425) 235-5840.