Renton Technical College (RTC)
3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA
- FAFSA School Code: 010434
- Phone: (425) 235-2352
- School Homepage
Financial Aid Office
- Phone: (425) 235-5841
Renton Technical College, located in Renton, Washington, was founded in 1942 and is one of the 34 colleges that are operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State. The school is dedicated to workforce development in the Renton area, providing specialized training programs in a variety of subjects. The school has seen increased growth since its founding, particularly after the Second World War, where many veterans were looking for job training upon their return. Today the school enrolls a large number of students from a variety of areas, and is dedicated to providing them with the best education possible to ease their transition into the workforce.
Renton Technical College offers a large variety of programs aimed at meeting the needs of the community and providing students with the skills and knowledge to operate in their chosen field as qualified professionals. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency and allows for entry into the workforce at the entry level. Courses are both classroom and practical, with practical courses allowing for the perfections of methods and techniques in a supervised and controlled setting. The school's ties to the community, particularly for economic development, means that many of the programs offered are reflective of the needs of the community, allowing individuals to seek employment within their community and fill positions that are in high demand.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Renton Technical College is a two year, open enrollment institution that allows any individual seeking to enroll to do so by completing an application and paying all accrued fees. Interested students should also provide standardized test scores and transcripts, and may be subject to a placement exam based on program enrollment. Students should also meet with a counselor to discuss program options and curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans and grants. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the school to develop a financial aid packet based on the student's need and aid program eligibility. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year. Students may be asked at random to supply additional financial information to compare to the FAFSA and certify its accuracy as part of recent government regulations governing the disbursement of public funds.
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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $3,600-$4,300 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $80 to $96 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||64%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||60%||$5,530|
|Receiving Student Loans||20%||$5,216|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 11%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Renton Technical College may provide services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how RTC compares against other community colleges in King County and the state of Washington as whole.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1990)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Renton Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
- Receptionist (C)
- Bookkeeping (A, C)
- Office Management (A, C)
- Data Entry Technology (C)
- Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services (A)
- Insurance (C)
- General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (C)
- Administrative Assistant (A)
Computer and Information Sciences
- Data Processing (A, C)
- Computer Networking (A, C)
- Property Management (A, C)
- Construction Trades (C)
- Early Childhood Education (A, C)
- Surveying Technology (A, C)
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) (A, C)
- Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering cad (A)
Health and Clinical Professions
- Nursing Assistant (C)
- Phlebotomy (C)
- Health and Medical Administrative Services (C)
- Medical Assistant (A, C)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) (C)
- Surgical Technologist (A, C)
- Dental Assistant (A, C)
- Medical Administration (C)
- Massage Therapy (A, C)
- Nursing (A, C)
- Pharmacy Technician (A, C)
- Medical Insurance Coding (A, C)
- Medical Reception (C)
- Optometric Technician (A, C)
- Veterinary Assistant (C)
- Anesthesiologist Assistant (A, C)
Legal Professions and Studies
- Legal Administrative Assistant (A, C)
Mechanic and Repair Technology
- Musical Instrument Fabrication and Repair (A, C)
- Auto Mechanic (A, C)
- Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies (A, C)
- Auto Body (A, C)
- Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (A, C)
- Appliance Installation and Repair Technology (A, C)
Personal and Culinary Services
- Welding (A, C)
- Machine Tool Technology (C)
- Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) (C)
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Renton Technical College.
- South Seattle Community College in Seattle, WA (12 miles away)
- Green River Community College in Auburn, WA (12 miles away)
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA (15 miles away)
- North Seattle Community College in Seattle, WA (18 miles away)
- Pierce College at Puyallup in Puyallup, WA (24 miles away)