Types of Financial Aid

What you need to know about the different types of financial aid available to you.

Financial Aid Program How Funds are Received Eligibility Amount Available Special Conditions
Federal Pell Grant May be applied toward fees. Balance paid by check Enrolled in an eligible program Grants range from $200 to $4,000 depending on need, cost of the program, and hours expected to be completed in award year. Payments are made during the first two weeks of each quarter to all students who have met the minimum hours required as defined on the award letter.
Washington State Need Grant (SNG) Same as Pell. Washington resident. Same as Pell. Grants range from $100 to $1,908 depending on need. Early applicants receive priority funding. Additional $618 for students with day care costs. First priority deadline is July 1.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Same as Pell. Same as Pell. Grants range from $100 to $1,200. Awarded to students who have high need. Priority deadline of August 1.
CPTC Grant Credit on books or tuition on account. Washington resident. Enrolled at least half-time. Low income and unmet need. Maximum $250 for books, limited tuition assistance. Limited assistance when other aid pending.
Work Study Federal Work Study (FWS) State Work Study (SWS) WorkFirst Work Study Submit a time sheet once a month. Payment is monthly by check. Enrolled in an eligible program. Dependent on student's calculated need. Earnings range from $200 to $4000 per school year. Jobs are available on and off campus. Positions are handled by the Financial Aid Office. State work study positions are related to a students career training. A student may work up to a maximum of 19 hours per week.
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) Applied to outstanding tuition and fees. Balance paid by check. Progress and attendance are verified before funds are released. Enrolled in an eligible program Up to $3,500 for first-year students enrolled in a minimum 9-month program. Borrowed money must be repaid. Students are required to attend both entrance and exit counseling. If a student withdraws, changes programs or drops to less than half time, the remainder of the loan is cancelled.
Scholarships Individuals, groups and organizations. Financial need; other requirements depending on scholarship. Determined by donor. Scholarship opportunities are announced in "In The Works" and posted in the Financial Aid Office. Determined by donor.
Worker Retraining Same as Pell. Eligible to receive, receiving, or exhausted unemployment within the last two years. Grants range from $100 to $1700 per quarter based on need, other funding and availability of funds. Eligible participants are identified by the Worker Retraining Advisor in Advising and Counseling.
Work Based Learning Tuition Assistance (Working Family Scholarship) Credit on account for tuition and bookstore purchases. Low income working parent or WorkFirst/TANF recipient. To cover tuition and books not covered by any other form of aid. Eligible participants are identified by the Working Family/WorkFirst Advisor in Advising and Counseling.


Many business, service, and professional organizations, as well as individuals in the community, contribute to funds to be used as grants (awards based on need) or as scholarships (awards based on merit, need or other criteria).

A scholarship information bulletin board with current scholarship listings, eligibility criteria and application procedures is located next to the Financial Aid Office in Building 17. Stop by and take a look at what is available. Applications are accepted at various times throughout the year. Most of the scholarship applications are in the financial aid office. Please note the number assigned to the scholarship and ask for the application packet that corresponds to the number.

Scholarships are also available from the Clover Park Technical College Foundation. For more information, visit the Foundation page.

Fast Web

Also, check out Fast Web's bi-monthly newsletter Student Bulletins – it provides important financial aid information!

Additional Information

CPTC Foundation Scholarships have four different deadline dates. Please pick up a scholarship brochure from the Financial Aid Office in Building 17.

For more Scholarship opportunities and helpful hints ask for the General Scholarship Information Packet #11 at the Financial Aid Office, Building 17.

Foster Youth

Since 2008 Clover Park Technical College has partnered with the Department of Social and Health Services and the Higher Education Coordinating Board to identify and support student who are in or recently aged out of the foster care system in the State of Washington. We are able to support this population as they pursue their degree or certificate through the following ways:

Solid Start Youth Club

The College, in an effort to better support this group of students has created a club called Solid Start Youth Club. This club offers:

  • College Advising
  • Career Advising
  • Assistance with Financial Aid Resources
  • Community and National Resource Information
  • Budgeting
  • Goal Setting
  • Peer Support
  • Club Website
  • Lending Library
  • Emergency Grant

Please contact the Counseling and Advising Office to get more information at 253-589-5548.

Passport to College Promise Scholarship

The Passport Scholarship provides a funding and support to students who have been in foster care and are at least 16 years or older. They must also have spent at least one year in care, be a resident of Washington, enrolled in half time at an eligible institution by age 21, and not yet achieved a bachelor's degree.

To apply, stop by the Counseling and Advising Office to complete the application.

For more information check out this web page: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/PayingForCollege/StateAid/Passport

Educational Training Voucher

ETV is for students who are younger than 21 and making progress towards their degree. It helps provide students with additional financial support.

For more information check out this web page: independence.wa.gov/programs/etv.asp