Payment Methods


Students must be prepared to pay their quarterly tuition and fees at the time of registration.

Students who are joining the English program (Intensive English or Advanced English) cannot register for classes until orientation, which occurs a few days prior to the start of classes. Student accepted to college who must take the college placement test will register within 2 – 3 days after taking the test. Students who are eligible to enroll directly in a college program for their first quarter can pre-register for classes starting several weeks before the beginning of classes and will be sent information on how to pay tuition and fees in advance by credit card. Payments not received by the tuition due date may result in serious problems for the student, including the inability to attend classes or use campus facilities.

Please note that the cost of ESL classes differs from the cost of college classes, so exact tuition and fee amounts for students who take a combination of ESL and College classes will be determined upon registration.

Tuition and fees payment for the first quarter

First quarter tuition and fees may be paid by one of the following methods:

1/ Credit card online: Students can pay for classes online using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), after they have officially registered for classes. To make a payment by credit card online, visit our webpage and follow the instructions. Note that the cost of insurance is included when students pay online.

2/ In person at the Cashier's Office: In person tuition payments can be made at the Seattle Central Cashier’s Office, only after being officially registered for classes. The following forms of payment are accepted:

     - Cash
     - Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
     - Debit card from a bank in the U.S.
     - Traveller's checks
     - Money order from a bank in the U.S. (must be written for the exact amount of charges)
     - International Bank draft (must be written for the exact amount of charges)
     - Personal check from a bank in the U.S. (must be written for the exact amount of charges)

3/ Wire transfer (tuition and fees deposit): Seattle Central accepts tuition and fee deposits of up to one year for students who wish to pay these expenses by wire before officially registering for classes and leaving their home country. These funds will be held in a student’s account at the college and used to pay tuition and fees once the student has registered for classes each quarter. Seattle Central also accepts payments by wire for the Studios on Broadway for students who have received a housing assignment and a housing invoice. Students who are paying for the Studios on Broadway must wire the full amount noted on the housing invoice to finalize the placement. Wire transfer deposits cannot cover any other expenses, such as homestays or books.

In the event that requests for a refund of the deposit or any remaining balance of the deposit are made, an administrative fee of US$40 will be deducted prior to the refund. Refunds can only be made to the person who sent the original wire transfer, and only to the bank account in the country where the wire originated. Deposits cannot be refunded to any other account, including a student’s personal bank account in the United States. Requests for refunds must be initiated by the student in the International Education Programs (IEP) Office at Seattle Central.

To arrange a deposit by wire transfer, please follow our wire transfer guide. Students who do not make a tuition and fee deposit will need to make their payment after registering for classes, either by paying with a credit card online or in person at the Cashier's Office.

Tuition and fees payment AFTER the first quarter

Wire transfers (tuition and fees deposits) are NOT accepted for payment of tuition and fees after the first quarter.

For subsequent quarter tuition and fee payments, students must make alternate plans: they can either pay in person at the Cashier's Office or by credit card online, after they have officially registered for classes. Refer to the information above for details on each of these two payment methods.