Understanding Your AidUnderstanding Your Aid
Financial Aid consist of grants, work-study and loans to help meet your educational expenses. You may accept or reject all or part of your financial aid award offered. However, if you reject an award, a substitute may not be available.
Financial assistance is considered supplemental to the family’s resources, student earnings, and aid received from other resources. Applicants are reminded that they should not depend on financial aid to meet basic living cost.
The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to modify aid commitments at any time based on changes in the student’s financial status, changes in availability of funds, or changes in Federal and State Laws, or Institutional regulations.
The amounts that appear on your Award Letter are based on full-time enrollment (12 units/credits or more) per quarter. Should you decide to enroll in fewer units/credits, you are required to notify the Financial Aid Office prior to the start of the quarter. Failing to do so may result in an overpayment in financial aid. If you notify us prior to the start of the quarter, your refund will be adjusted accordingly.
Title IV (4) aid programs are financial aid programs authorized by the Federal Government in the Higher Education Act.
You can find more information about these programs on the United States Code website under Title 20-Education, Chapter 28-Higher Education Resources and Student Assistance, Subchapter IV-Student Assistance.
Title IV programs include:
Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to qualified undergraduate students who are enrolled in an approved program (career pathway). Awards will be adjusted based on enrollment. The U.S. Congress has established a lifetime limit of 6 years or 18 quarters of Pell Grants.
Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Awards are subject to funding availability and are determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Federal College Work-Study Program (FWS)
The Work Study program helps fund your college education and gives you occupational experience in your program of study, with on campus employment. The maximum a student can earn is determined by financial need and funds available. Eligible students can work part-time up to 15 hours per week. It is a job and does not pay tuition and fees at the beginning of the quarter. For more information visit: https://www.batestech.edu/student-work-study-program/
William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
Students must make an informed and educated decision when deciding to borrow for educational needs. To be awarded a student loan; you must complete a separate application, loan Entrance Counseling, Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement, and a Master Promissory note. To receive a student loan, you must be enrolled in at least 6 units/credit per quarter. Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student’s education. The lender is the US Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution. There are three types of loans available under this program.
Direct Subsidized Loan (LOAN)
Direct Subsidized Loans are need-based. A student’s eligibility to borrow is based on financial need as determined by federal government. The federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school. Repayment begins six months after completion or withdrawing from the college. The 150% Direct Student Loan policy went into effect as of July 2013. The new provision limits first-time borrower’s¹ eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans. These students may not borrow more than 3 years of subsidized loans if they are pursuing a program (career pathway) at a community technical college. Under certain conditions, the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded the three year limit to lose the interest subsidy of their Direct Subsidized Loans. Interest subsidy means the Government will no longer pay the subsidized interest after a first time borrower has exceeded the three year limit.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan (LOAN)
Direct Unsubsidized Loans do not require a student to show financial need; however, the cost of the student’s education must exceed any other financial aid offered. The student is responsible to pay all the interest that accrues on this loan. It is recommended that you make interest payments for unsubsidized loans. Repayment on the principal loan amount (and including any capitalized interest, if payments were not made) begins six months after completion or withdrawing from college.
State Aid are programs authorized by Washington State, which include the Workforce Education Services (WES) programs and the following types of aid:
Washington College Grant (WCG)
To maintain eligibility for Washington College Grant you must:
- Be a Washington State resident
- Cannot be pursuing a degree in theology
- Are not in default on a loan made through a state conditional loan or conditional scholarship
- Must be enrolled in at least three (3) units/credits, as an undergraduate student in a financial aid eligible program (career pathway)
You may voluntarily make financial contributions to the Washington Student Achievement Council in recognition of this grant. Contributions will be used to provide financial assistance to other students. Financial Aid counseling for WA College Grant recipients is available at: www.opportunitypathway.wa.gov
College Bound Scholarship (CBS)
To maintain eligibility for College Bound Scholarship you must:
- Be a Washington State resident; Cannot be pursuing a degree in theology
- Are not in default on a loan made through a state conditional loan or conditional scholarship; Must have graduated from a Washington State high school with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Must meet 65% Median Family Income requirement as defined by the Washington Student Achievement Council
- Must be enrolled in at least 3 units/credits, as an undergraduate student in a financial aid eligible program (career pathway)
Financial Aid counseling for WA College Grant recipients is available at: www.opportunitypathway.wa.gov
Opportunity Grant (OG)
To be awarded funds through the Opportunity Grant Program, you must be a Washington State resident and have a family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Basic Food Employment Training Program (BFET)
To maintain eligibility for the Basic Food Employment Training Program, you must have active SNAP benefits.
Workfirst Program (WF)
To maintain eligibility for the Workfirst Program, you must have active TANF benefits.
Worker Retraining Program (WRT)
To maintain eligibility for the Worker Retraining Program, you must complete 50% of your enrolled units/credits each quarter and follow the college’s Academic Standards Procedure.
Early Achievers Grant (EAG)
The Early Achievers Grant is a student financial aid program to help employed childcare providers and early learning educators’ complete certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a Washington state resident or have a valid work visa.
- Be employed as a child care provider at a child care center, family child care business or Head Start/ECEAP program that is actively participating in the Department of Children, Youth & Families Early Achievers.
- Work a minimum of 10 hours a week or 40 hours a month at an eligible child care program.
- Have worked in the eligible program (career pathway) for a minimum of three months.
- Intend to enroll in an approved Early Childhood Education program (career pathway) at the college.
- Make a formal application to the college.
Washington State Work-Study Program (SWS)
Washington State Work-Study program provides employment opportunities on campus for eligible students. Students are required to be a Washington state resident to participate. The maximum a student can earn is determined by financial need and funds available. Eligible students can work part-time up to 15 hours per week.
Tuition Waiver (TW)
To maintain eligibility for a Tuition Waiver, you must be a Washington State resident and enrolled in at least three (3) units/credits.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS)
The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations. To be eligible, Scholars must enroll in an approved program. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship program. These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.
(Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, 2021)
For more information on the application process, deadlines, eligibility and more, visit the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship CTS information webpage.
For more information on how to apply for scholarships through the Bates Foundation, visit Bates’ Apply for Scholarships webpage.
For more information about the CARES Act Grant and the application process, visit Bates’ Cares /HEERFF II webpage.
For more resources available to students under the DREAM Act, visit Bates’ DREAMERS webpage.
For loan default prevention resources, the loan application process, and other information, visit Bates’ Loans webpage.
For a list of resources available to Washington state residents, visit the Washington Student Achievement Council’s ReadySetGrad webpage.
For information on eligibility, the application process, and currently open positions, visit Bates’ Student Work-Study Program webpage.
For more information on resources available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, visit Bates’ VA Benefits webpage.
In addition to the financial aid packages and scholarships available to all students, there are some programs designed to provide aid to individuals in specific circumstances. To find out if you are eligible, visit Bates’ Workforce Education Services (WES) webpage.
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Last Modified: 06/07/2021