- Bellevue College, http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/elearning/degrees/
- Bellevue College Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellevue_College#Notable_alumni
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wa.htm
- "C2ER," The Cost of Living Index, http://www.coli.org/
- Central Washington University, http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/
- Central Washington University Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Washington_University#Notable_alumni
- City University of Seattle Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_University_of_Seattle#Notable_alumni_and_faculty
- City University of Seattle, http://www.cityu.edu/programs/som/bsba.aspx
- Clark College, http://www.clark.edu/academics/catalog/2014/index.php?id=211
- Clark College Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_College_%28Washington%29#Notable_alumni
- College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=WA&l=93
- Diversitydata.org: Profiles by Metro Area, http://diversitydata-archive.org/data/profiles/show.aspx?loc=1157
- Ekaterina Stoops, interview with the author, June 2015
- Faith Evangelical College & Seminary, http://faithseminary.edu/academics/program-overview/
- Fun Things to Do in Spokane, http://www.visitspokane.com/things-to-do/
- Fun things to do in Tacoma, http://www.traveltacoma.com/what-to-do/
- Gray's Harbor College, http://www.ghc.edu/academia.htm
- Gray's Harbor College Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grays_Harbor_County,_Washington#Notable_people
- Heritage University, http://www.heritage.edu/AcademicPrograms/OnlineDegrees.aspx
- Olympic College, https://www.olympic.edu/Campuses/AboutOC/UniversityPartnerships/
- Seattle Top 10 attractions, http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2020948293_sightseeingsummerguidexml.html
- Skagit Valley College, http://www.skagit.edu/news.asp_Q_pagenumber_E_2871
- Spokane economy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Spokane,_Washington
- Tacoma: Economy, http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-West/Tacoma-Economy.html
- Tacoma: American Factfinder, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
- U.S. Census Bureau: American Factfinder, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
- Western Washington University, http://www.wwu.edu/ee/main/programlist.shtml
- Western Washington University Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Washington_University
- WSAC - State Need Grants, Accessed April 2017, http://www.wsac.wa.gov/state-need-grant
- WSAC - Financial Aid Overview, Accessed April 2017, http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sfa-overview
Data from the Lumina Foundation shows that 42.5 percent of Washington's working adults possess a college degree, yet the organization predicts 67 percent of future jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary credential by 2018. These include careers in aerospace engineering and computer software development, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fields associated with well-known companies in the state like Boeing and Microsoft.
There are 6.7 million people living in Washington, and of the 4.5 million who are older than 25, more than 11 percent have a graduate or professional degree and 20 percent have a Bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly half have either attended college without earning a diploma or have earned a two-year Associate's degree. Among those between 18 and 24 years old, more than 9 percent have a Bachelor's degree and 44 percent have attended college or earned an Associate's degree.
Washington's nearly 2.9 million workers earn an average of $25.04 per hour, for an average annual wage of $52,090, according to the BLS. Those who are looking to earn a Bachelor's degree can apply to any one of 45 public and private colleges or universities in the state.
Affordable Online Colleges in Washington
The following list features a few of the two-year and four-year schools in Washington that offer online degree programs at the lowest tuition costs. To see schools in Washington ranked on other factors, visit the Top Colleges tool.
Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Washington
Grays Harbor College
Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Washington
Skagit Valley College
Faith Evangelical College & Seminary
Western Washington University
College Accreditation in Washington
Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Bellevue College?
Bellevue College is one of the leading distance education providers and is authorized to provide online courses and degrees to students in many states, in addition to our home state. The number of online enrollments in 2013-2014 included 23,072 students. We offered 901 online courses that year. Students who are interested in taking online degrees and certificates have an array of choices. We offer three associate Degrees and thirteen certificates in fully online modalities. Additionally, Bellevue College has a fully online Bachelor of Applied Science in health care and technology management program.
Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?
All our online courses are taught by highly qualified and talented faculty. Online classes are delivered through the CANVAS Learning Management System. We encourage all students to take advantage of different student support services that we have available for them, including eTutoring and our Technology Help Desk, with the phone line and a Live Chat feature. It is important for students new to online instruction to understand what to expect in terms of technology and participation requirements.
Since Bellevue College online courses are taught via the CANVAS Learning Management System, we strongly advise students to participate in CANVAS student orientations and complete CANVAS Online Learning Workshops that are taught by experienced online instructors. These workshops are designed to help students better understand the requirements of online learning and CANVAS Learning Management System navigation. Additional information about CANVAS workshops can be obtained through our Bellevue College eLearning Website.
Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?
Online learning is evolving at an increasing pace thanks to newly introduced technologies and new delivery methodologies such as the "flipped" classroom. Virtual face-to-face interactions will become the norm. There is increased importance being placed on accessibility in online classes and the need to embed Universal Design for Learning elements in our classes. Students require flexibility and mobility. The average age of our students is going up. We need to be responsive to, and supportive of, their needs. We are constantly increasing our online offerings and adding new exciting opportunities for our students. Starting this summer, Bellevue College will embark on the first phase of what will become our "Global Classroom" initiative, by developing an all online Direct Transfer Degree (DTA) which will allow students to earn a two-year transfer degree in a cost-effective manner, and then move more seamlessly on to complete a four-year degree.
Financial Aid in Washington
The state of Washington prefers to focus their efforts on State Need Grants through the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as opposed to offering state-based student loans. Students are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship, grant and work-study opportunities, since those forms of aid do not need to be paid back. However, if you've exhausted those options and are still in need of financial assistance, you can apply for federal or private loans to help defray your tuition costs. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation.
Find out more about student loans in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Washington
- Financial Aid Overview details all of Washington state's student financial aid programs (collectively known as Washington Opportunity Pathways), including scholarships, grants, work-study and more.
Featured Cities in Washington
While there are many places to live and study in Washington, these three cities offer particular advantages. The data for the charts regarding these locations is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).
Many visitors head down to Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, where the fishmongers toss around salmon and shoppers get lost in the "Down Under" warren of small shops. The Space Needle, with its revolving restaurant, and Olympic Sculpture Park are also popular destinations. Tacoma supports both a museum district, with six facilities to take in, and a theater district, which supports three venues. Shopping and dining are also popular activities, and for those who prefer active outdoor pursuits, skiing, golf, camping and hiking are all plentiful in the area.
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metro Area
Median salary for high school grads
Median salary with a bachelor's degree
% of the population enrolled in college or grad school
Spokane is a paradise for those who like outdoor adventure. It offers top-notch skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and golf.