2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Washington

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These 12 community colleges in the state of Washington are all great options for students who want to earn an online associate degree or certificate from a school in their state. Everett Community College, ranked #4, is the most affordable option on this list. Tuition is just $2,678, and online students can choose between five associate degrees. A greater variety of online programs can be found at #9-ranked Spokane Community College, which offers 5 different online associate degrees, including an Associate in Business, and Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, and more.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Peninsula College $4,524 Port Angeles (WA)
#2 #2 Shoreline Community College $4,471 Shoreline (WA)
#3 #3 Edmonds Community College $4,026 Lynnwood (WA)
#4 #4 Everett Community College $2,678 Everett (WA)
#5 #5 Spokane Falls Community College $9,450 Spokane (WA)
#6 #6 Olympic College $6,519 Bremerton (and 2 others)
#7 #7 Skagit Valley College $4,841 Mount Vernon (WA)
#8 #8 Tacoma Community College $10,824 Tacoma (WA)
#9 #9 Spokane Community College $3,927 Spokane (WA)
#10 #10 Clark College $9,706 Vancouver (WA)
#11 #11 Whatcom Community College $4,207 Bellingham (WA)
#12 #12 Seattle Community College-Central Campus $4,167 Seattle (WA)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Washington - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,524
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Port Angeles
  • Online Associate Degrees: 33
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Peninsula College offers dozens of online Associate of Applied Science degrees in areas such as Administrative Office Systems, Business Administration, and Multimedia, with each one of these degrees offering various specializations. Students can also earn online AAS-T degrees, which are designed for students who plan to pursue bachelor’s degrees at certain four-year institutions, in the same fields as above. Peninsula College also offers online certificates in a variety of fields, including Certified Bookkeeper, Clinical Dental Assistant, Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics, and Sustainable Agriculture. A Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management is offered here as well.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,471
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Shoreline
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
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Shoreline Community College allows students to further their knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines with a mix of certificates and associate degrees that are available online. Examples include a Tax Preparer Certificate, a 15-credit program that prepares students for an entry-level accounting job, and an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Criminal Justice, a 90-credit online degree program that prepares students for jobs in corrections and law enforcement. Another example is an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Early Childhood Educator/Paraeducator, which prepares students for positions in various educational and social service agencies that serve children and their families.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,026
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Lynnwood
  • Online Associate Degrees: 6
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Edmonds Community College allows students to earn certificates online in several business-related fields, including Business Information Technology, Business Management, and Accounting. Students can also further their business careers by pursuing Associate of Arts degrees in Business, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees in Business Management. The college also offers an Associate in Arts degree, a 90-credit program designed for students who plan to transfer to certain four-year in-state institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,678
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Everett
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Everett Community College offers an online Associate in Arts and Sciences, designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution, and an Associate in General Studies, which combines various courses chosen by the student. Students can also pursue an online Certificate in Medical Coding, a 44-credit program that prepares students for entry-level jobs in coding, or a Certificate in Medical Transcription and Editing, a 43-credit program that trains medical transcriptionists and medical transcription editors using cutting-edge text materials and software.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Spokane
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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Spokane Falls Community College offers online Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in fields such as Early Childhood Education, Education Paraprofessional, Gerontology, Interpreter Training, and Library and Information Systems. There is also an online Associate of Arts degree, which requires completion of 90 credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0. The degree is designed to transfer to almost all of the Bachelor of Arts programs at any of Washington state’s public institutions, and many of its private schools as well.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,519
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Bremerton, Poulsbo, Shelton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Olympic College offers an online 26-credit Certificate in Homeland Security/Emergency Management, which provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to improve outcomes in all types of disasters. The program gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience with today’s most current incident management technologies, explore the world of disaster management issues, and develop the critical thinking skills needed to support effective management during a wide variety of crises. A 98-credit hour online Associate in Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management is also available.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,841
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Mount Vernon
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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Skagit Valley College offers a large number of online associate degrees and certificates in a variety of fields. Examples of associate degrees include the 90-credit Associate of Arts in General Studies and the Associate in Business Management. The certificates offered include a Certificate in CIS: Database/Programming, which requires courses such as Introduction to Programming and Database Design and SQL, and the Certificate in Multimedia – Adobe, which teaches mastery of Adobe programs, including InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,824
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Tacoma
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Tacoma Community College offers a number of online programs, including a Medical Billing Specialist Certificate, which helps prepare students to become medical billers and medical claims reviewers, and a Medical Scribe Professional Certificate, which prepares students to work with medical practitioners in maintaining electronic health records. Students can also pursue an online Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Health Information Management, which provides students with a baccalaureate-level education in this exciting and in-demand specialized field.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,927
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Spokane
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Students can pursue a large number of certificates online at Spokane Community College, including ones in Android Mobile Development, Gerontology, Medical Office Receptionist, Interpreter Training and Social Media Marketing. It also offers a number of online Associate of Applied Science degrees in fields such as Office Information Systems, Business Software Specialist, and Accounting Assistant. An Associate in Arts degree is also available at this institution. This program requires the student to complete 90 quarter credits of coursework related to Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,706
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Vancouver
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Clark College offers an online Associate in Arts General Transfer – DTA, which is a degree for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some of the courses offered in this program include College Trigonometry, Calculus for Life Sciences and Interpersonal Communication. Students at Clark College can also pursue a 45-credit hour online Associate in Business Administration – DTA/MRP, which provides students with the skills to manage administrative operations for both large and small businesses.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,207
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Bellingham
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Whatcom Community College offers an online Associate in Liberal Studies, which is meant for students who want to complete 90 credits of general college-level learning. Students can also pursue an online Associate in Arts and Sciences – Transfer, which was designed for those planning to transfer to a four-year educational institution to pursue a bachelor’s program in areas such as social sciences, business and arts/humanities. This program requires 15-18 credits of core requirements, which include Communication Skills and Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, 45 credits of distribution courses, which include Humanities and Math/Science classes, and 27-30 credits of electives.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,167
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Seattle
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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The Central Campus of Seattle Community College offers an online Associate of Arts degree that allows students to specialize in areas such as Psychology, Communications, Art, and English. This 90-credit degree program requires 15 credit hours in each of the following categories: Basic Requirements, Visual Literary & Performing Arts, Natural World, Individuals, Cultures and Societies and Electives. Courses include Symbolic Logic, World Music, History of Photography, Human Nutrition, and Web Design & Development. The credits earned will transfer easily to a bachelor’s degree program.

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