Student Resources

Committed to your success.

At Bates Technical College, we understand that everyone who steps onto one of our three vibrant campuses arrives with their own diverse and unique set of circumstances. Our friendly staff are here to help you succeed. Bates offers several services designed to help you reach your educational goals.

Whether you’re just getting started and need to learn about the admissions process, or whether you’re a current student looking for places to get help, you’ve come to the right place.

On this page, you’ll find helpful resources aimed at supporting you at every turn during your educational journey. We’ve also compiled this guide of useful tips and resources to help you start your quarter off right.

Student Services Hours

Student Services is open Monday – Thursday (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Downtown Campus

  • Cashier: Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Financial Aid: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Registration:
    • Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Student Admissions: Monday – Thursday
  • Workforce Education Services: Monday – Thursday

Central Campus

  • Financial Aid: TBD

 South Campus

  • Financial Aid: Tuesday – Thursday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Registration:
    • Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Accessing your courses

Go to or select “Canvas” from the Bates Homepage at

All students can log in using their Bates Network Credentials. Click on the “Bates Network Credentials” button and login to continue.

Network Credentials (available within 24 hours of registration for new students)

  • Your user name can be your first initial + your last name OR your first initial, middle initial + your last name.
  • Password is “Btc” + ctcLink ID for new students (beginning Summer 2022 or later)
  • Password is “Btc” + Bates ID number for continuing students (beginning Spring 2022 or earlier)

If you are still unable to obtain your username or password, contact IT at or 253.680.7055 or the Online Learning Center at

Make things easier. Download a FREE Canvas app!
Just search for Canvas and select the Canvas Student app using Google Play or Apple store.

Online payments are made through CTCLink, Click here to see How to Make a Payment Online. If you are having difficulties making your payment online, please try a different browser. If you still cannot pay online, please email us at

If you are mailing a check, please include your Student ID number. If you owe fees for multiple quarters, please specify which quarter you are paying. Make checks payable to Bates Technical College.
Send check payments to the following address:
Bates Technical College
Attn: Finance
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

In Person:
Payments can be made at the Cashier’s office on the Downtown Campus Registration Office, Room A210D.
1101 S Yakima Ave.
Tacoma. WA 98405
See our hours of operation above.

Payments can be made over the phone using most major credit/debit cards.
To make a payment, please call 253.680.7018.
See our hours of operation above.

Note: The Cashier’s Office is currently processing all refunds as checks, sent directly to the address the student has on file with the college. Checks are processed twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exceptions are the students who paid online through the college website, those are refunded back to the same credit or debit card used on the website. Again, this is only web payments, through our partner, CyberSource.

Returning students

  1. Apply for financial aid, if you haven’t already
  2. Call an advisor to register for classes: 253.680.7002. View Class Schedule here.
  3. Attend your classes!

New Students

Follow these steps!

  1. Apply for admission to Bates Technical College
  2. Complete steps to enrollment with an advisor
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Establish college placement
  5. Call an advisor to enroll for classes: New students must complete the student COVID-19 attestation prior to the first day of class to avoid being dropped from classes. 
  6. Attend an online new student orientation
  7. Attend your classes!

Bates Technical College Foundation

The Bates Foundation’s only mission is to provide resources to support students and college success and our donors want to help you!  The Emergency Assistance Fund provides support to students who are most at risk of abandoning their education due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The funding can be used to provide essential needs such as rent, food, transportation, etc. For more information and the application link go to:

Questions?  Contact LeAnn Dreier

Community resources

If you are facing financial strain or hardships due to COVID-19, the following resources are available to help.

Food banks

NOTE: Nourish Mobile Food Bank is at South Campus every Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

  • Bates Library Digital Equity: This guide was created as a resource for current Bates Technical College students to support online learning during the COVID-19 campus closure by providing information about free or low cost internet and devices.
  • Bates Library has hotspots you can check out! Email
  • College campus parking lot Wi-Fi: You can drive to any of our three campuses and access the Wi-Fi network from a parking lot near the building(s). Use your Bates email and password to log into the Bates Wi-Fi network. Use this handy Wi-Fi map for more details and information.
  • Xfinity Internet: You may also qualify for Xfinity (Comcast). Learn more here.
  • Drive-in Wi-Fi: Launching primarily as parking lot hotspots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free community Wi-Fi is accessible regardless of how users arrive at the locations. Some sites also offer indoor public access during business hours. Everyone using the sites – outside or inside – must practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary. For complete information and a map of locations, visit The map will be updated as more sites come online

Visit the off-campus login page to access library databases, where you can find an array of electronic textbooks, study guides and resources.

When a class has met its capacity during or after priority registration, a waitlist is started. The waitlist is a list of students who would like to join the class and are willing to wait and see if a spot opens. When enrolled students drop out of the class, people on the waitlist are moved up on the list during the open waitlist period. Not all class sections have waitlists.

The waitlist process runs several times a day, Monday through Friday, checking for open capacity. As spots become available in a full class, students on the waitlist will automatically be enrolled in the class in the order they appear on the waitlist. Students will receive a Message Center message on their Student Homepage that they have been enrolled in the class section.

The waitlist runs for the last time shortly before the quarter starts. If you are on a waitlist and do not get on the class roster by the first day, you will need the instructor’s permission to overload into the class.

Contact with questions.

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