Student Right to Know

Graduation and Transfer Rates

September 2012
In accordance with federal regulations, Tacoma Community College is reporting overall graduation and transfer-out rates for a select group of students who entered the college in fall quarter 2008.

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" (3 years for a 2-year degree) for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

TCC also reports a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at TCC are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At TCC, 12 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2008.

Fall 2008 IPEDS graduation rate: 18%.
Fall 2008 Transfer-out rate: 28%.

For more information about the "Student Right to Know" rates at TCC visit the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator.

Tacoma Community College Athletics

Students may request a copy of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report as filed by the Athletic Department each October. This report provides a summary of participation rates; athletically related student aid; expenses related to athletics; and revenue generated through athletics. Students can also request graduation and transfer rates of athletes. Requests for this information should be made to the Athletic Director at 253-566-5097.

HB 1795 Disclosure

Tacoma Community College Sources of Institutional Revenues

State Operating Appropriations Tuition Grants & Contracts Local Total
$25,534,866 $14,592,439 $8,540,204 $3,516,853 $52,184,362

Tacoma Community College Uses of Tuition Revenue by Program

Instruction Institutional Support Student Affairs Plant Operations Primary Academic Support Library Total
$9,816,421 $3,497,020 $2,398,162 $2,193,805 $1,395,320 $449,910 $19,750,638
State Support and Student Costs

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2018-19 academic year is $8,640. Students pay an average of $3,192 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $5,448 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student. The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.

2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (DOC)
Gainful Employment Early Rescission

Effective July 1, 2020, Gainful Employment will be fully rescinded by the Department of Education. However, institutions have been given the option to early implement and rescind Gainful Employment at an earlier date. In compliance with the early implementation rules, this memo will serve as official internal documentation that Tacoma Community College (TCC) has rescinded Gainful Employment effective July 1, 2019.

Implementation of this rescission will include the following steps:

  • Information regarding Gainful Employment (GE) will no longer be posted on program web pages
  • TCC will no longer provide GE information to prospective students
  • Marketing materials will not include GE information
  • TCC will not be reporting 2018-19 GE data to NSLDS, which had a due date of October 1, 2019
  • The only information regarding GE which will be posted on the website is that in compliance with early implementation, TCC is no longer posting Gainful Employment data.

The final rule was published in the Federal Register.

BankMobile Refund Program

We have partnered with BankMobile to deliver your financial aid refund. For more information about BankMobile, visit this link: http://bankmobiledisbursements.com/how-it-works/.

View our institution’s contract with BankMobile, a Division of Customers Bank.