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All members of the community are eligible for admission to Clover Park Technical College if they meet these requirements:

  • Are 18 or older
  • Have a high-school diploma or High School Equivalency Exam certificate
  • Are competent to profit from the College's curricular offerings

You're also eligible for admission under the provisions of Running Start, Elective High School, or other local enrollment option programs. Some programs have additional entrance requirements, which can be found in the catalog.


Students age 16 and over who meet the provisions of “Title III-Adult Education Programs” may enroll in certain adult basic education classes. Individuals admitted into such classes will be allowed to continue as long as they are able to demonstrate, through measurable academic progress, an ability to benefit.

Individuals who don't meet the eligibility criteria for admission may appeal for special admission on a course-by-course basis. Criteria for granting an appeal are competency at an appropriate academic level and/or artistic or technical skill level, as well as the ability to participate in an adult learning environment. The College does not desire to replace or duplicate the functions of the local public schools. Appeals may be filed with the vice president for instruction or designee.

Paying for College/Applying for Financial Aid


Step 1: Learn the Enrollment Process and Select a Program of Study

Step 2: Take the COMPASS Assessment and Pay the $19 Fee

  • Find out more on the COMPASS page.
  • Bring any previous assessments or in-state transcripts to Advising & Counseling in Building 12. You may be able to use these instead!
  • For out-of-state transcripts, you must see Enrollment Services in Building 11 prior to meeting with an advisor.
  • Visit our Transfer to CPTC page to learn more about college placement.

Step 3: Meet with a Counselor/Advisor for an Education Plan

  • Schedule an appointment or come as a walk-in at the Advising & Counseling Center in Building 12, or call 253-589-5548. Meeting with a counselor/advisor is required prior to admission and class registration. Visit our Advising page for more information.
  • Make sure you bring one of the following:
    • official COMPASS scores or previous college assessment taken in the past two years;
    • in-state college transcripts; or
    • out-of-state college placement provided by Enrollment Services.

Step 4: Apply for Admission and Pay the $20 Fee

Step 5: Register for Classes

Step 6: Pay Your Tuition

  • Make sure your tuition and fees are paid by the quarter fee deadline to prevent your classes from being dropped.
  • Did you apply for financial aid? Check you Financial Aid Student Portal.
  • Using other funding sources? Contact your funding source to ensure payment is made by the quarter fee deadline.
  • Pay in person at the cashier in Building 17. Online payment is currently unavailable until further notice. You may pay with your credit card by phone at 253-589-5505/5620.
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