Registering with a Waiver

In some cases, a student may be able to register for classes with a tuition waiver, including those aged 60 and older, Washington state employees, and Evergreen staff and faculty.

You’ll register after classes start, which requires a faculty signature. You can only register if there is space available as determined by Registration.

60+ Waiver

Eligibility

Washington state residents 60 years or older may have tuition waived for up to two undergraduate courses, totaling no more than eight (8) credits per quarter as a special (non-admitted) student.  In lieu of tuition, students will pay a non-refundable $100 registration fee; and students are also responsible for any course-specific special fees for materials or activities.

Limitations

This program is not available to admitted, degree-seeking students; it cannot be used for summer quarter or other self-sustaining classes; it cannot be used to enroll in half-time (8-credit) Programs, it cannot be used for individual learning contracts or internship contracts; and graduate study is excluded.

Since participants in this program shall not pay Services and Activities or Wellness fees, they shall not receive a student identification card, and shall not be entitled to benefits afforded by programs funded by such fees.

Persons enrolling under the provisions of this section shall have, in equal with all other students, access to course counseling services and shall be subject to all course prerequisite requirements.

Process

Complete a special student registration form, and have it signed by the faculty member teaching your desired course Special (non-admitted) Student Registration Form (PDF)

Complete the 60-Plus Waiver Form (PDF)

Submit both forms to Registration and Records, where your eligibility and space-availability in the course will be confirmed.

Employee 50% Operating Fee Tuition Waiver

Under the authority of RCW 28B.15.915 a limited number of undergraduate and graduate 50% operating fee waivers are available to eligible Evergreen, Washington State, and public K-12 degree-seeking employees who have been admitted to the college.  However, pursuant to RCW, building fee and services & activities (S&A) fee parts of tuition are charged according to the tuition schedule.  The Wellness fee will be waived for students using this waiver, (as will the Transit and Late Night bus fees if they are re-instated).

Students attending under this waiver are degree-seeking students and are eligible for priority registration, and their enrollment counts as state-supported FTE.  They may take courses, programs, contracts, internships, or theses; and they may enroll for a part-time or full-time credit load.  They are eligible to receive a student ID/sticker.

Eligibility

Eligible employees must be admitted to the college as an Undergraduate or Graduate student.  Eligible employee means permanent employees employed half-time or more in one of the following employee classifications:

  • Washington State Employees in classified service under chapter 41.06 RCW.
  • Classified employees or exempt paraprofessional employees of a technical college; or a faculty member, counselor, librarian, exempt professional or administrative employee at institutions of higher education as defined in 28B.10.016.
  • The waivers available to state employees under this section shall also be available to teachers and other certificated instructional staff employed at public common and vocational schools.
  • The waivers available under this section shall also be available to classified staff employed at public common schools, as defined in RCW 28A.150.020, when used for coursework relevant to the work assignment or coursework that is part of a teacher preparation program.

Limitations

Evergreen employees admitted to the college will receive priority for this waiver before offering them to other eligible state/K-12 employees. The number of Evergreen employees enrolled under the 50% employee waiver is not capped, although the college reserves the right to limit the number in the future.  If the number of Evergreen employees enrolled under this waiver program falls below the cap noted below, the remaining waivers may be allocated to eligible external employees.

Program caps:

FY21: Masters Programs each have a cap of 2

FY22 and beyond: Masters Programs each have a cap of 4

FY21: Undergraduate curriculum has a cap of 3

FY22 and beyond: Undergraduate curriculum has a cap of 6

The waiver, once awarded, remains with that degree-seeking employee if the student meets the following conditions:

  • maintains satisfactory academic progress;
  • continues to be an eligible permanent classified employee of Washington State, a permanent employee of a WA public higher education institution, or an eligible employee at a public K-12 institution, to be verified quarterly prior to registration;
  • and maintains enrollment during the regular academic year towards degree attainment.

Summer quarter enrollment is optional, and pursuant to statute, the 50% employee operating fee waiver may not be used in the self-sustaining summer quarter or any future self-sustaining programs that might be implemented at Evergreen.

Process

Graduate program directors have established criteria for eligible external agency employees to apply for this waiver once they have been admitted to the program. Undergraduate external agency candidates for this waiver will apply through the office of the Chief Enrollment Officer.

An Employee 50% Operating Waiver Eligibility Form (PDF) must be submitted at the time of application for this waiver, and recipients of the waiver must verify continued eligibility each quarter by submitting an updated eligibility form to Registration and Records.

Employee Waivers

Eligibility

Washington State Employees and certain public K-12 staff members may apply for a tuition waiver under the following conditions listed below.  Applying for a tuition waiver requires a separate “State Employee Tuition Waiver Request” to confirm eligibility.  A “State Employee” means permanent employees employed half-time or more in one of the following employee classifications:

  • Employees in classified service under chapter 41.06 RCW
  • Classified employees or exempt paraprofessional employees of a technical college; or a faculty member, counselor, librarian, exempt professional or administrative employee at institutions of higher education as defined in 28B.10.016.
  • The waivers available to state employees under this section shall also be available to teachers and other certificated instructional staff employed at public common and vocational schools.
  • The waivers available under this section shall also be available to classified staff employed at public common schools, as defined in RCW 28A.150.020, when used for coursework relevant to the work assignment or coursework that is part of a teacher preparation program.

In lieu of tuition, students will pay a $100 registration fee; and students are also responsible for any course-specific special fees for materials or activities.

Employees may participate in this program as either special (non-admitted), non-degree seeking students or as matriculated students who have been admitted to the college. However, those wishing to complete a degree must apply to and be admitted to the College according to the policies and procedures outlined in the College’s current catalogs, e.g. application deadlines, application fee, etc. by the term of your degree completion.

Limitations

State employees shall begin registering on the first day of the quarter for Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.  This program is not available for summer quarter or other self-sustaining programs.

Participants in this program will be admitted to classes on a space available basis, which means open space in the class with no existing waitlist.

Pursuant to RCW 28.15b.558(7), Evergreen will award waivers to eligible persons employed at Evergreen before considering waiver for eligible employees not employed by the institution.

Since participants in this program shall not pay Services and Activities or Wellness fees, they shall not receive a student identification card, and shall not be entitled to benefits afforded by programs funded by such fees.

Persons enrolling under the provisions of this section shall have, in equal with all other students, access to course counseling services and shall be subject to all course prerequisite requirements.

Participants in this program will be allowed to register for a maximum of four credit hours per quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring).  Participants registering for more than four credit hours will be charged full tuition and fees for all credit hours.

No new course sections will be created as a result of participant registration.  Thus, registration for Individual Learning Contracts, Internship Contracts, Thesis, or the creation of other new course sections is not permitted.  Graduate-level courses (electives and concentration courses) are permitted, but students using this waiver may not enroll in Graduate core program sections.

Matriculated students using this waiver cannot register during priority registration and will not be allowed to convert to a tuition waiver at a later time in the quarter.

Process

Eligible employees must submit a “State Employee Tuition Waiver Request” form approved by their Human Resources department to Registration and Records in order to be eligible for this benefit.

State Employee Waiver Request Form (PDF)

Participants in this program will pay a non-refundable registration fee of $100 dollars per quarter (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters) and any special class fees associated with their enrollment due at the time of registration.