Admissions

Walla Walla Community College is an open-door, higher education institution. All qualified individuals are accepted who are at least 18 years of age or are graduates of an accredited high school or have an equivalent certificate, i.e., General Educational Development (GED). Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of registration and who are not high school graduates must complete the Under-Age Admission Policy paperwork or be participating in an enrollment option program designed for high school students such as Running Start or Alternative Education Program.

Some programs have specific admission procedures and limited space; therefore, admission to the College does not guarantee availability of all programs or courses. Please review special admission procedures for workforce programs under entrance requirements for the specific program of interest. Under-age admission policy and procedures are available online.

Explanation of Resident Classification

A resident student is one who is a U.S. citizen and has met specific requirements demonstrating permanent residence in the State of Washington. Two elements are necessary to establish permanent residence. The first element requires physical presence on the location claimed as a permanent residence. The second element requires the intent to permanently reside in that location. These two elements can be established by a variety of factors and documentation which should be dated one year and one day prior to the commencement of the quarter for which the student is applying for residency status.

Students wishing to change their residency classification must complete a residency questionnaire and provide necessary documentation.

Application for reclassification prior to registration into classes is preferred. Residency reclassification must take place within 30 calendar days of the first day of the quarter.

Special regulations may apply to some eligible non-citizens, Washington higher education employees, and to military personnel and their dependents stationed in the State of Washington. For further information contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 509.527.4282.

Student Responsibility to Register Under Proper Classification

The student is responsible to register under the proper classification. If there is any question regarding residency, the student (prior to or at the time of registration) must discuss it with the Registrar. Verification must be provided.

Official Change of Status/Reclassification as a Non-Resident

All persons classified as residents of Washington State shall be reclassified as non-resident students whenever there is a change in legal residence to another state.

Students who have been erroneously classified as residents will be reclassified as non-residents and be required to pay the difference between the resident and non-resident tuition and fees for those quarters in which they were erroneously classified.

Application for Reclassification

Students classified as non-residents will retain that status until the written application for reclassification has been approved. The Residence Questionnaire form is available online on the WWCC website. For more information call 509.527.4282.

Non-Resident, U.S. Citizens

Tuition for non-resident U.S. citizens is listed in the quarterly class schedule. Check the current quarterly class schedule for the most recent fee schedule.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Walla Walla Community College encourages applications from all students seeking financial assistance. Financial support for students usually comes from three sources: the student, student’s family, and financial aid programs. The Financial Aid Office is available to assist eligible students for specific college programs when their personal or family resources are not adequate to meet educational expenses. For Financial Aid information call 509.527.4301 or 509.527.4576 for Walla Walla and 509.758.1700 for Clarkston.

Eligibility

  • Be a citizen of the United States or an eligible permanent resident.
  • Have a high school diploma, or GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program offered by WWCC. Up to 45 credits of remedial coursework will be funded by financial aid if the student is accepted into an eligible program.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are a male who is at least 18 years old, born after December 31, 1960, and not a current member of the active armed forces.
  • Have financial need as determined by a federally-approved need analysis formula.
  • Not owe a repayment on a federal or state grant or be in default on any federal loan received at post-secondary educational institution.

How to Apply

Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the WWCC Financial Aid Information Form. Applications are available on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Deadlines

Application may be submitted at any time during the academic year; however, because of limited funds, the recommended application deadline for priority funding is March 1 for fall quarter enrollment. Applicants who have been admitted and have submitted all the required forms will be notified of award or denial of assistance.

A complete listing of the notification schedule for files completed can be viewed here.

Financial Aid Programs

For more information, click here.

Other Financial Resources

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – available to qualified Native Americans
  • Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Veterans Administration 509.527.1864
  • WorkFirst – tuition and book assistance for qualified low-income working parents or TANF recipients seeking training to obtain employment. 509.527.1865
  • Worker Retraining – financial assistance to qualified dislocated workers or displaced homemakers. 509.527.4373
  • Opportunity Grant – financial assistance to qualified student enrolled in high demand pathways. 509.527.4373
  • Automatic Payment Plan. Call WWCC Business Services at 509.527.4208 r 509.758.3339 at the Clarkston campus for more information.

For more information regarding these programs, contact the Financial Aid Office, 509.527.4301 or 509.527.4576 for Walla Walla campus and 509.758.1772 for Clarkston campus.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients

Federal and state regulations require Walla Walla Community College to monitor the satisfactory academic progress of each student who receives financial aid. This is accomplished through a quarterly review by the Financial Aid Office before funds are disbursed to students. Satisfactory Progress means a minimum 2.0 quarterly GPA and the following credit completion rates:

If you enroll as:You must complete at least:You will be placed on probation if you complete:Aid will be suspended if you complete less than:

If you enroll as: You must complete at least: You will be placed on probation if you complete: Aid will be suspended if you complete less than:

Full-time (12+ credits)
3/4 time (9-11 credits)
1/2 time (6-8 credits)
Less than 1/2 time (1-5 credits)

12 credits per quarter
9 credits per quarter
6 credits per quarter
All credits enrolled for

6-11 credits per quarter
5-8 credits per quarter
3-5 credits per quarter

6 credits per quarter
5 credits per quarter
3 credits per quarter
Total credits enrolled

Only grades of A, B, C, D, and P will count as completed credits. Grades of F, I, M, N, S, U, Y, and Z do not count as completed creditsWhen students withdraw or cease to attend classes, they may be required to repay financial aid funds received for that quarter. Financial aid, excluding work study, will be repaid by the student according to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy. A copy of this policy is available from the Financial Aid Office.

Placement Testing/Assessment

Degree-seeking students are required to take a placement test prior to registering for classes. The placement test identifies the student’s skill levels in math, reading, and writing. Students must have applied for admission to WWCC, and have a student identification number prior to taking the placement test. It is not a test that can be passed or failed. The “score” simply indicates the appropriate starting point for each student enrolling in core subjects.

The Walla Walla testing schedule is available on the website at www.wwcc.edu/testing or at the Student Development Center. Placement testing at the Clarkston Center is scheduled Tuesday evenings at 5:15 PM and Thursday mornings at 8:15 AM.

Transfer students who submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records showing successful completion of college level math and English with a grade of 2.0 or above are waived from taking that portion of the placement test.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation sessions will be offered several times throughout the year to familiarize students with WWCC programs and degrees, education and career planning, online tools, the advising and registration process, as well as information on campus and community resources. For more information please contact the Student Development Center at 509.527.4262.

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Educational Advising & Career Exploration

WWCC provides assigned advisors to all degree seeking students. Advisors provide assistance in education, career and life planning and use a variety of tools and assessments to help students determine appropriate career and education plans, including quarterly class advising. A quarterly advising day is set aside for students to meet with their assigned advisor to plan their schedule and review their progress toward degree completion. However, the final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the individual student.

Career exploration courses, workshops, and individual consultations help students define their educational, personal, and career goals. A comprehensive career exploration tool, eDiscover, is available online with a password available in the Career and Employment Services Center. Assessments relating to interest, abilities, personality, and special aptitudes are administered and interpreted by professional personnel in the Student Development Center. These assessments are specifically selected to fit the needs of the individual. Most tests are free to WWCC students.

Call 509.527.4262 – Walla Walla or 509.758.1772 – Clarkston for more information or an appointment.

Registration and Payment

Registration is the process of enrolling in classes each quarter. Detailed information and procedures for registration, as well as important dates and deadlines, are published in the quarterly class schedule. After completing the advising process, students will obtain a quarterly registration access number from their advisor. Students are then able to register online. Students are able to make schedule changes online through the first week of the quarter. The last day to add classes in fall, winter, and spring quarters is the fourth day of classes. In summer quarter it is the fifth day of classes.

Students are not allowed to attend a class unless officially registered for either credit or audit. Some classes, such as ABE, ESL, and GED, have open enrollment throughout the first nine weeks of the term.

Certain courses require prerequisite coursework at a minimum level of performance before they can attend a particular class. Examples: a student must receive a grade of “C -” or higher in MATH 065 to continue to MATH 095.

Students who register for classes in which they have not met prerequisite requirements will be administratively withdraw.

Payment

The final step in the registration process is paying your bill. WWCC cashiers accept cash, checks, MasterCard, and Visa at Business Services or online at www.wwcc.edu/sos. An automatic payment plan is available online using the quarterly registration access number and global pin number. Set up the automatic payment plan with a bank account, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Tuition and fees are due ten days prior to the beginning of the quarter.

Students planning to use financial aid to pay tuition will receive communication from the financial aid office when funds are available for payment. Students may track their financial aid status via the Financial Aid Portal.