Pay for College

Ways to Pay

Investing in your education is a smart choice. However, you may be worried about how to pay for your education. In addition to federal financial aid, there are other financial resources available. Please see the other financial aid resources below.

Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible. There are several types of financial aid for which you may qualify:

  • Federal PELL Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Washington College Grant
  • Work Study
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Three steps to apply for your FAFSA

  1. Create a FSA ID at
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). Have your tax return handy to answer the income questions. Bates Technical College’s school code is 012259.
  3. Complete other materials as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

Workforce Education Services

In addition to financial aid, Bates offers several programs that may be able to provide you with the financial assistance you need to attend college.

Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant can help pay for tuition, books and other college costs. You may be eligible if you:

  • Are a Washington state resident for at least a year
  • Have a family income under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Demonstrate financial need, based on the FAFSA


Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining program helps unemployed or dislocated workers update their skills or learn new, in-demand skills that lead to employment. It is designed to fill in financial gaps that FAFSA does not cover. Funds may cover tuition, books, child care and transportation.

Education Opportunity Center (EOC)

Services Available:

  • Barrier Removal
  •  Career Advising
  • Career Assessment
  • Career Prep (Resume, Cover Letter, etc.)
  • College Admissions Information
  • College Application Funding
  • College Test Voucher / Funding
  • Community Resources
  • Employment Services (Case Management)
  • FAFSA / Financial Aid
  • Financial Literacy
  • GED Funding
  • GED Information
  • MDC Services (Housing, Energy Assistance, etc.)
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Student Loans (Navigating Types, Defaults, etc.)
  • Tutoring

For assistance, Request Consultation.


WorkFirst Program

You may qualify if all of these apply:

  • You are a parent receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • You actively participate in the WorkFirst program
  • A DSHS caseworker has referred you
  • You have completed the DSHS Comprehensive Evaluation


Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

You may qualify if you receive, or are eligible to receive federal Basic Food Benefits, but are not receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). You may receive assistance with tuition and fees, textbooks, tools and supplies, emergency costs or child care assistance.

VA Benefits

Bates is a participant of Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35; Post 9/11 GI Bill®; Montgomery GI Bill®  -Active Duty; Vocational Rehabilitation; and Veteran’s Innovation Program.


The Bates Technical College Foundation offers scholarships to new and returning students every quarter, regardless of your financial need. Scholarship applications are accepted online.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. Visit the website for information about current tuition costs and the tuition refund policy.

Tuition Payment Plan

The Bates Technical College Tuition Payment Plan allows you to stretch out your tuition payments so you do not have to pay the full tuition amount all at once.