Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for classes with Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College?

Students do not need to apply to register for classes at Tombolo Institute. You can enroll online, over the phone with Customer Service at (425) 564-2263, or in-person at the North Campus front desk.

Are there funding options available for Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College classes?

While most classes are non-credit and do not qualify for financial aid, students receiving unemployment may qualify for certain resources. For more information, please visit the Worker Retraining Office website, or call (425) 564-4141.

I am a veteran. Is GI Bill funding available for Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College classes?

As they are non-credit, most Tombolo Institute classes do not qualify for funding. However, we encourage our veteran students to contact Bellevue College’s Veteran’s Office for assistance by visiting their website, or by phone at (425) 564-2220.

I am an International Student. Where can I find more information on F-1 Student Visa requirements?

Please contact Bellevue College’s Office of International Education and Global Initiatives online at the website, or by phone at (425) 564-3185.

Does Tombolo Institute offer degree programs?

Tombolo Institute offers non-credit classes and Certificate programs. For more information on credit degree programs, visit the Bellevue College Main Campus website, or call them at (425) 564-2222.

How can I learn more about a class or certificate program?

You can browse the full Tombolo Institute catalog here. Students may also contact a Program Manager from their program area of interest

How do I create my Net Id?

Your NetID is your electronic identity at Bellevue College. It is a combination of a username and password which allows you to log in to online and computing services such as email, Canvas, and computers on campus. Once you have been issued your college SID (system Identification number) and PIN (password) you will need to create your NetID online. Create your NetID here.

Policies

Withdrawal and refund policy

Students who withdraw (drop) a course will be assessed a $10 processing fee on all refunds. The processing fee will be assessed on a per course basis. A full refund (less the processing fee) will be made if the course is dropped at least three (3) business days prior to the start of a course or event. No refunds are available after that time. Some courses, offered in partnership with 3rd party vendors, do not allow refunds. Please check the refund policy listed in the description for these courses. If a course or event is cancelled by Bellevue College, a 100% refund will be made.

The deadlines for dropping a course are as follows:

Monday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Tuesday

Tuesday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Wednesday

Wednesday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Thursday

Thursday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Friday

Friday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Monday

Saturday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Tuesday

Sunday class

5:00 p.m. on previous Tuesday

 

Late registration policy

In order to provide a consistent and high-quality educational experience, Tombolo Institute does not allow late registration. Students must be registered a minimum of 24 hours prior to the scheduled beginning of a class.

 

Underage student policy

Tombolo Institute provides education offerings primarily for adult learners. Unless a course or program is specifically designed for a younger age group, students under 18 years of age may be granted permission to enroll according to the following guidelines.

  • 16 and 17-year-old students may enroll in some classes with the required release form. However, certain classes may require a minimum age of 18.
  • 12 through 15-year-old students may enroll in some classes if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian over 18 who is also registered and participating in the same class. Students may not attend class unaccompanied.
  • Students under 12 years of age may enroll only in classes specifically designed for that age group.

Underage students are required to provide a signed health authorization and release form prior to the start of class. See ‘Release of liability and medical release’ below.

Payment Plan

The BC Tuition Payment Plan allows students to stretch out class enrollment fees so the full amount is not due all at once.

  • Easy online enrollment through Nelnet Business Solutions, an approved third-party vendor
  • Automatic monthly payments with no interest
  • $25 non-refundable enrollment fee (quarterly enrollment required)

Accepted Payment Methods

  • Automatic payment from bank account (checking or savings)
  • Automatic payment from credit or debit card

For example, if a student signs up for the spring quarter plan on March 2nd, and owes $1,500, 30% ($450) is due immediately as a down payment and the remaining $1,050 through two $525 automatic withdrawals on April 5th and May 5th. Specific date and payment breakdown information is available on the main campus payment plan page.

Fees to Participate

  • $25 non-refundable enrollment fee per quarter (ACH & credit card)
  • $30 returned payment fee if a payment is unsuccessful for lack of available funds or incorrect account information.

For continuing education courses, students must enroll in the plan at least 1 week (7 days) prior to the class start for which you would like to enroll and within 48 hours of registering for the course.

IMPORTANT: Payment plan enrollment after the due date will not stop the class drop process.

Payment Plan Termination

It is important to ensure that payments will process successfully.

Payment plans will be terminated immediately if the first scheduled payment is unsuccessful. If a payment plan is terminated, the student may be dropped from their class. All other unsuccessful scheduled payments for all payment plan participants will be automatically re-attempted on the 20th and 5th days of the month following the scheduled payment date. If a payment plan is terminated, the student is subject to the continuing education payment policy and may be dropped from classes.

Instructions for Setting up a Payment Plan via Nelnet Business Solutions

  • If you have not already done so, create a student profile in CampusCE, the continuing education registration system.
  • Call customer service at 425-564-2263 to register for your class. Tell the customer service representative that you will be using a Nelnet payment plan.
  • After enrolling in the course, go to MyPaymentPlan to enroll in the payment plan program.

What to do if you add or drop classes?

If you add classes and your class costs increase, your payment plan amount and payments will be increased on your next payment provided there are at least ten (10) business days prior to the next scheduled payment (outside the 10 day limit any changes will be adjusted to the remaining scheduled payments). You will receive an email notification the next business day if there will be any changes in the preauthorized payment amount. If the ten (10) days prior fall on a weekend or holiday the deadline to change your payment amount is the last business day prior to the weekend or holiday.

Students are responsible for dropping classes. If you are registered for a course and do not drop prior to the refund drop deadline, then payment is expected in full.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities Bellevue College Continuing Education is committed to providing access to students who visit, work and study at north campus. Student accommodations are coordinated by the Disability Resources Center (DRC).

There is a formal process for students to initiate services and request accommodations. New students or students who have not previously contacted the DRC for services should review information online.

Students may apply for reasonable accommodations at any time. However, timely application (4-6 weeks before a course begins) will help facilitate timely approval and set-up of an accommodation(s).

The Disability Resource Center may be reached at 425-564-2498 or via email at drc@bellevuecollege.edu or online.

Release of liability

Release of liability Underage students are required to provide a signed health authorization and release form prior to the start of class. Please download the Release of Liability and Medical Release form The form may be provided in person on the first day of class, sent via email to info@tomboloinstitute.com, or mailed to 14673 Ne 29th Pl., Bellevue, WA 98007.

Students participating in classes which may include strenuous activity or have associated activities which may include travel by automobile or other conveyance may be required to provide an activity release and limitation of liability form. Signed forms should be submitted on the first class day. Please download the Release of Liability and Medical Release form and bring it to your first class.

Security and privacy statement

Security

All online registrations are processed through CampusCE, which is an authorized registration provider for Bellevue College. CampusCE is a Verisign-secure site.

Privacy

Tombolo Institute is committed to making sure your personal information remains confidential. We will not sell, loan, or provide any of your personal information to anyone outside of Bellevue College.

Social Security Number

Your SSN is confidential, and, under federal law, it is protected and will not be disclosed to unauthorized parties. Disclosure may be authorized for the purposes of state and federal financial aid, Hope/Lifetime Learning tax credits, academic transcripts or accountability research.

Emergency and weather

Tombolo Institute strives to keep you informed on emergency and weather-related closures. To get up-to-the-minute information on weather alerts and emergency information, please sign up for emergency alerts via text message. You will need a student or employee NetID to register.

Please be aware that during emergency or weather-related closures, Tombolo Institute staff may not be available for phone calls.

If you do not have, or do not wish to have a Bellevue College NetID and e-mail address, you can receive similar text and email emergency notices from SchoolReport.org or other news sources.

Other ways to stay informed

  • Check the Bellevue College homepage–During high alert periods when closures are a possibility, the BC home page will display a visible banner to provide the latest status.
  • Call Bellevue College’s 24-hour recorded message at (425) 401-6680

COVID-19 Information

Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College is serving students remotely until the end of Spring Quarter 2021. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and online resources at Bellevue College.

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