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We’ll help you transition to BTC

BTC can give you career-ready skills in two years or less!

BTC accepts both traditional and non-traditional credit for equivalency to BTC courses including:

  • College/university coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • AP College Board test scores
  • Credit for prior experiential learning (for example, work or military experience)
  • Prior approved industry certifications
  • Follow the sequence below for an overview of the enrollment process or click on the tabs above for more detailed steps.

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    Explore BTC Options

    Learn more about BTC programs

Interested in college but not sure where to start? BTC has many resources for you to explore your options. Please join us for a campus tour, a Career Exploration workshop or other new student workshops, or meet with a career counselor.



BTC offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities. Whether you have decided on a program of study, or not, there is lots of information available to help you understand your options. Visit the Degrees and Classes Overview webpage to see a listing of:



Sign up for a campus tour! Campus tours are offered twice weekly and by appointment when possible. Please note: Programs with off-site classrooms and lab facilities, such as our Fisheries Technology program, must be arranged with faculty and scheduled separately.

View upcoming tours and sign up online. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at or at 360.752.8345.



Attend a 60-minute workshop where you can:

  • Take career/vocational assessments
  • Learn about career and wage outlook
  • Get connected with other related resources

See when the next workshop is and sign up now online. Drops-ins are also welcome. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions and Student Center at or 360.752.8345.



BTC offers several workshops to help students understand enrollment processes and provide the support you need when you need it. View the Entry Services Calendar for find dates and times for :

  • Future Student Advising
  • Paying for College
  • Program Info Sessions
  • Transfer Workshops
  • And more!

Reserve your spot now online. Drop-ins are also welcome. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at or 360.752.8345.



Students who are unsure of their educational goals and/or want to explore career options can Contact Counseling Services at 360.752.8345 for current drop-in times or to schedule an appointment. Appointments and drop-in counseling is also available for current students with program or personal concerns.

Continue the admission steps on the Apply tab

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    Apply to BTC

    It’s easy and free to apply for admission!

Once you have decided on a program of study, submit an online application through the WA State Web Admissions Center. Applying online takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

Important Tips:

  • Before you start, review the certificates and degrees BTC offers and choose your program of study. You will not be able to resend your online application once you have completed the form
  • Set up a web account by creating a user ID and password through the Set Up My Web Admissions Account screen
  • Be sure to complete all fields so we can process your application and provide appropriate correspondence with you
  • At the final Submit Application section, select Bellingham Technical College as the college you want your application to be sent to and click Submit
  • If you are interested in applying for a second program, please contact:

Apply Online

Within 72 business hours after applying, you will be assigned a Student Identification Number (SID).

Plan ahead! Several BTC programs have additional admissions prerequisites/requirements which must be completed before you can be considered program ready. Visit the Program & Degrees page for details.

For further information regarding admissions to special programs or applying online, contact the Admissions office at: 360-752-8345 or email: with questions.

Continue the admission steps on the Evaluation tab

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    Records Evaluation

    Giving you the credit you deserve

At BTC we help students use previously earned credit to meet BTC testing, prerequisite, general academic course requirements, and sometimes program coursework.

Transfer FAQs:

Do I need a certain grade to transfer credits?

You must earn a "C" (2.0) or better for your course to be considered for transfer credit.

What courses are accepted for transfer?

Courses are considered for transfer credit when they match the content of courses required for BTC programs. Review a list of Course Equivalencies for our most common transfer institutions.

How do I request transfer credit?

Submit the Evaluation Request form. Arrange for the Admissions and Student Resource Center to receive your official transcript from the transfer institution. Or you may hand-deliver your official, sealed transcript to Admissions and Advising.

How long does transfer credit evaluation take?

Once your records and Evaluation Request form are received, processing takes approximately 10 to 14 business days. Processing may take longer during peak registration periods.

When should I request transfer credit evaluation?

We recommend you submit your records at least two months prior to the quarter you plan to attend.

Will my transfer grades affect my BTC GPA?

Your transfer credits will not be computed in your GPA.

What about other credit transfer options?

If you have taken and earned appropriate test scores through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) test or International Baccalaureate (IB), or have earned a recognized professional or industry certification, your test scores and/or prior experience can be considered for BTC college credit.

  • Learn more about transferring AP or IB credits
  • Learn more about transferring military credit
  • Learn more about non-traditional credit and prior learning assessment (PDF | RTF)
  • Learn more about tech prep

I want to register for a class today and can’t wait 10 days for my transcripts to be evaluated. What are my options?

If you are trying to enroll in a course which requires a prerequisite, you can request a fast track evaluation during call 360-752-8345 to schedule an appointment with an advisor during General Registration dates only.

Be sure to bring your unofficial transcript and a completed Override Request Permission Slip to your appointment.

Or if you are currently attending another institution and want to take a course at BTC to transfer back, call 360-752-8345 to schedule an appointment with an advisor during General Registration dates only. Bring the following 3 items to your appointment:


Continue the admission steps on the Funding tab

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    Paying for College

To get started, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Include BTC's Federal School Code (016227). All financial aid correspondence is through your email, as entered on the FAFSA.

There are many types of financial aid available, including aid through FAFSA:

  • Grants
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • State Need Grant (SNG)
  • Loans
    • Stafford Loans
    • Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Work Study
    • State Work Study

Other financial aid may be available to you outside of the FAFSA application. Some funding options come through BTC grants, others from outside sources. You may need to work with multiple offices/agencies in securing these funds.

  • BTC Workforce Funding - check out the Workforce Funding & Student Support website for additional information on:
    • Worker Retraining
    • WorkFirst
    • Opportunity Grant
    • Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)
  • Scholarships – through the BTC Foundation and outside scholarships
  • Outside Agency Funding (contact the agency that you may qualify for)
    • Veterans benefits
    • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) – students with disabilities
    • Employment Security (ESO) – students eligible for Trade Act funding
    • Labor and Industries (L&I) – on-the-job injuries
    • Northwest Workforce Development Council (NWDC) – dislocated worker and low income scholarships
    • Tribal Funding

When you have done your FAFSA, log into the Financial Aid Portal where you can view your financial aid status and awards from any of the above sources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Financial Aid Office is located in the College Services (CS) Building. We are here to help you understand your funding options.

Continue the admission steps on the Orientation tab

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    Complete Mandatory New Student Orientations

    Learn the Ropes

Before you register for classes, you’ll need to complete the First Things First orientation, either online or in person. First Things First will really help with your transition to college, and it’s mandatory for all BTC students.

First Things First covers topics like paying for school, enrolling in classes, choosing a program, and accessing support services. You’ll feel like a pro when you finish!

Choose either online or in-person orientation.

Online option:

  • Time commitment: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Access anywhere, any time
  • Self-paced: complete in one or multiple sittings
  • Reflect and ask questions privately via email
  • Customized: information is tailored to your needs and circumstances
  • Virtual campus tour (available soon!)
  • Periodic quizzes test your learning

Begin online orientation now!

In-person option:

  • Time commitment: 2.5 hours
  • Listen, learn and meet others in person
  • Guided session: complete in one sitting
  • Participate in group discussion and ask questions publically
  • General: information is related to any student’s needs and circumstances
  • Includes campus tour
  • Final comprehensive quiz tests your learning

Check the schedule and sign up now!

Equal Access

If you need accommodation, email Accessibility Resources or call 360-752-8576.

Transfer Students

While every student can benefit from the orientation, you are eligible to waive First Things First if you’ve earned more than 30 college credits. Keep in mind that the online orientation is customized to provide you the most relevant information to better meet your needs.

If you’d still like to opt out of First Things First, submit the verification form.

Continue the admission steps on the Register tab

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    Register and Pay

    Let’s get you enrolled!

Now you know what program you are interested in, what classes you have placed into and how you are going to pay for college. You are ready to sign up for classes!


Full-time or part-time? It depends on your needs, as well as space availability and program offerings. We recommend that you meet with an advisor to make an educational plan and consider your options.

Online or in-person? BTC offers a number of flexible learning options for students. Be aware that online classes require the same time commitment as face-to-face classes, if not more. For more information visit the elearning webpage.

When can I register?

Students are eligible to register for classes according to the campus calendar. If you are admitted to a program, you may be invited to register during New Program Student Registration. Check to see if you have an assigned registration access time. If you do not have an access time, you are welcome to register during General Registration.

How do I register?

Register online at or myBTC portal. Phone and fax registration are also available. For help, email Registration, call 360-752-8350, or stop by Registration on the main floor, College Services (CS) building.

Are you a Running Start student? You’ll need to register in person. For detailed information regarding your admissions steps, please review the High School Running Start Student tab.

BTC will contact you primarily through your BTC student email account. Don’t forget to activate your email account!

Pay Tuition and Fees

Payment is due by the date specified on the College Calendar. Pay online with a VISA or MasterCard credit (not debit) card, or at the Cashier window, College Services (CS) building, where you may use cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or financial aid award.

Additional registration resources are available to you on the Registration webpage.

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    Prepare to Attend

    Gear up for class

As you get ready to attend, there are a few more items you need to consider in order to be prepared for your first day of class.

Studying at a Distance

If you are taking any online or hybrid classes, be sure to setup and check your BTC email for instructions on how to access your classes. BTC is in the process of transitioning to a new learning management system called Canvas. Our older system, Angel, will be retired after winter quarter 2014.

To setup your email and to explore your online classes, please visit the Student login page.

Need more help? Contact e-learning at:

Attend New Student Workshops

Learn how to use the BTC Student Portal, network log-in, and much more. Find workshop dates, times, and locations.

Get a Student ID Card

A photo ID or Student ID card (available for $8.00 at the Campus Store) is required for some registration transactions. Your Student ID qualifies you for discounts on Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus passes and at many local vendors, plus access to the Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College libraries.

Purchase Books

Find textbook lists. Or, take your printed class schedule to the Campus Store, in the Campus Center (CC) building. Tip: We do NOT recommend purchasing texts for any other quarter than the current one in which you are registered.