Whatcom Community College’s physical campus is closed beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks to ensure alignment with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Online instruction and working remotely will continue. Students and employees should not come to campus during this time. Spring quarter instruction will still begin online on Wednesday, April 15.

It is important to emphasize that Whatcom Community College remains operational and dedicated to ensuring the academic mission continues through this challenging time. We have moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible to keep our community healthy. Remote services will differ for various service areas, departments, and resources. Visit this remote services directory to learn how you can easily access the WCC services you need without visiting campus. 

Please continue to check your email and for regular updates. 

National Educators Coming Out Day: Supporting our Undocumented Students 

Whatcom proudly stands with our fellow educators across the country in supporting undocumented students as they pursue their dreams of higher education. Our college is open to all students, regardless of their background. As an inclusive institution, our campus is a safe space for all who come in pursuit of an education.

 Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Whatcom Community College President


Committed to providing college access, Whatcom Community College minimizes barriers by offering in-state tuition and grant funds to eligible DREAMers. Our students may receive grant funds, financial aid application support, scholarships, and support from a team dedicated to academic success. Whatcom maintains confidentiality of student education records, including immigration status.

New laws in Washington State expand eligibility for the State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the below residency criteria. 

  1. Completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a high school diploma at a Washington public or private high school OR received the equivalent of a diploma (for example, the GED);
  2. Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (36 months) prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent, and;
  3. Signed and submitted an HB 1079 affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply. Whatcom provides and accepts affidavits in the Registration Office, LDC 102.

Please note: Students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DO NOT need to meet all the eligibility requirements listed above to qualify for resident tuition rates. Please contact the Registration office for more information. 


HB1079 - Resident Tuition Rates for Undocumented Students

WASFA - Washington Application for State Financial Aid

DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


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