Financial Aid

For many students, making the decision to attend college is an easy one. However, some might worry about how to pay for your education, from tuition to books and supplies. The Financial Aid office is your go-to resource for learning about the various types of financial assistance available.

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Eligibility for Financial Aid

A student may be eligible for financial aid if he or she is:

  • Attending Bates to obtain a degree or certificate
  • A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Making satisfactory progress in a program of study, as defined by the Financial Aid Office satisfactory academic progress criteria.
  • Not in default on any previous student loans or owing a refund on any grant
  • Registered for the draft with Selective Service, if required by law
  • A high school graduate, GED® completer, high school equivalency, or meet Ability to Benefit Criteria*.

* If you’re interested in receiving Ability to Benefit financial aid, complete the FAFSA or WAFSA and schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. For more information about Ability to Benefit, contact the Financial Aid Office at 253.680.7020 or the Admissions Office at 253.680.7002.

Apply Early

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible since pre-qualification may take up to eight weeks from your application submission date. Students and their families do not necessarily need to be considered low-income to qualify for some kinds of financial aid, but students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for most federal assistance.

Most financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution equals Need. (COA-EFC=Need)  The EFC is determined from the information you reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Once your need is determined, your financial aid will be calculated based on eligibility and enrollment for the quarters you will be attending. All awards are subject to availability of funds. State Need and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity grants are depleted early each year. These funding sources are are re-allocated on a first-come first-serve basis throughout the financial aid award year.

Bates Technical College does not issue paper financial aid checks. A BankMobile Refund Selection Kit will be mailed to your home after you have completed all required steps for your financial aid file. The kit will come in a bright green envelope from Bank Mobile. Please remember to keep your mailing address updated with the Registration Office, since the address that appears in your student records file is the address the Refund Selection Kit will be mailed to.

Financial aid disburses funds on a quarterly basis. To be considered for priority processing, applications should be complete and accurate by the quarterly deadlines listed below:   

Application deadlines for 2019-2020

Financial Aid quarterly processing deadlines:

Application Deadlines 2019-2020

  • Fall: June 3, 2019
  • Winter: October 14, 2019
  • Spring: January 13, 2020
  • Summer: April 13, 2020

Application deadlines for 2018-2019

Financial Aid quarterly processing deadlines:

  • Fall: June 4, 2018
  • Winter: October 15, 2018
  • Spring: January 14, 2019
  • Summer: April 15, 2019

Even if you’re receiving financial assistance from agency sources (L&I, VA, DVR, WorkSource, WorkFirst), you may be eligible for additional grant aid from state and federal financial aid sources.

Types of funding available

Title IV School Code: 012259

Locations & Hours:

Downtown Campus, Room A208
Mon – Th, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri, walk-ins: 8 a.m. – Noon
VA and L&I Certifying Official: Mon-Thu, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fri, 8 a.m.-Noon

South Campus, Student Center
Thursday, 1:30-5 p.m.
VA and L&I Certifying Official: First Thursday of every month, 8 a.m.-Noon

Central/Mohler Campus
By appointment only on the third Wed. of each month. Appointments must be set by the third Tuesday at 4pm.

(Office closed during school breaks and holidays.)