WSU Tri-Cities, CBC to Sign New Agreement Establishing Seamless College Pathway to Help Students Save on Costs
Posted Date: November 16, 2020
By: Maegan Murray
RICHLAND, Wash. – Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities will sign a new agreement on Monday, Nov. 16, that will create a seamless pathway for students to complete their first two years at CBC and transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, which saves students costs.
As indicated in the agreement, students benefit from one-on-one support throughout their educational journey from both CBC and WSU Tri-Cities from their first term in the program. They work directly with academic advisors from both institutions to solidify complete programs of study. This helps to ensure that students complete their degree programs on-time and reduce the likelihood of taking courses unnecessarily that won’t directly transfer.
Students also significantly save on costs, as students in the program do not pay for the transfer application to attend WSU Tri-Cities, do not pay for the cost of their transcripts to transfer, and tuition is also frozen from their first semester enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities. In other words, if tuition rates increase anytime while enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities, students continue to pay the tuition rate from their first semester at WSU Tri-Cities.
Close partnership a win for all students
Haynes said she is excited to be signing a new MOU with CBC, as it helps reduce the complications and cost to students who wish to first attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year university.
“Our two institutions work together to create seamless pathways so that students can get the most out of their educational experience and graduate on-track, on-time and career-ready,” WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes said. “With the WSU Tri-Cities campus serving freshman, transfer, first-generation, low income, non-traditional students, we are opening more doors to meet students where they are, today.”
Students see direct benefits
Dawn Hughes, a current WSU Tri-Cities education student and alumna of Columbia Basin College, said transferring from CBC to WSU Tri-Cities provided a great local and affordable option that was a best fit for both her and her family.
“I moved to Tri-Cities in 2006 and was raising a family,” she said. “When I decided to go back to school, it fit our budget and our busy schedule. It was also convenient because I could take classes in-person, locally.”
Hughes said she received tremendous support from both her instructors at CBC and WSU Tri-Cities. When she started school, her sister was diagnosed with cancer. She served as her sister’s bone marrow transplant and was going to have to miss some school.
“My professors were so supportive through that,” she said. “Professors from both programs are that way. They want you to succeed.”
Apply to Bridges
Applications are open now for the Bridges Program. For more information and to apply, visit tricities.wsu.edu/bridges. To qualify for the Bridges Program, students must apply in their first year at CBC and complete the “Declaration of Intent” form.
Source: Columbia Basin College