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Science building on the SCC campus. Science building on the SCC campus.

Admissions Requirements

Spokane Community College (SCC)  has an "open door" admission policy admitting any high school graduate. SCC also accepts anyone who is at least 18 years old and holds a certificate of educational competence like a GED (General Educational Development).

Admissions Policies

  • SCC operates several programs at many locations. Admission is first-come, first-served, so the number of students admitted depends on the number of people programs can accommodate.

  • Some programs require satisfactory completion of certain prerequisites prior to admission or have special selection procedures, so admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance in every program. Take a look at each program for specific application details on our What to Study page.

  • You may enter college at the beginning of any quarter; however, you should be aware that some programs of study may be started only certain quarters.

  • International students should apply through our international students application process.

  • High school students enrolling in a Running Start program should use the Running Start application process.

  • Applications are accepted before the application deadline for every quarter:

Residency Status for Admissions

Your residency status (Washington state resident vs. non-resident) determines your tuition and fees. Visit our tuition and fees page to see costs associated with your residency status or visit the financial aid eligibility page for more information on how your residency status may affect your grants, scholarships and loan status.

Criteria for Washington State Residents

In order to enroll as a Washington state resident, you must be financially independent and have established a real home in Washington state (for other than primarily educational purposes) for one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter.

Another option is to be financially dependent and one or both parents have a permanent home in Washington state for a period of one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter.

Are you a Washington resident who has been out of Washington state for educational purposes only? You may qualify for a Change of Residency Status.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Students

Community Colleges of Spokane participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) reduced-tuition program for students who are residents of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) participating states. For additional information about WUE participating colleges and their programs, visit the WUE website.

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Determining Your Residency Status

If you do not qualify for in-state residency or you're unsure about your residency status, take a look at our residency status page where we talk about the difference between independent vs dependent, non-citizen, active military and veterans.