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Types of Financial Aid

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

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 Student Aid & Scholarships at 253-589-5660.

Grant amounts change as of July 1.

Financial Aid Program How Funds are Received Eligibility Amount Available Special Conditions
Federal Pell Grant May be applied to tuition and fees. Balance paid by disbursement. Enrolled in an eligible program Grants range from $200 to $5,730 depending on need, cost of the program, and credits expected to be completed in award year. Payments are made during the first two weeks of each quarter to all students who are in good standing.
Washington State Need Grant (SNG) Same as Pell. Washington resident. Same as Pell. Grants range from $154 to $1,232 depending on need.  Funds awarded on first-come, first-served basis.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Same as Pell. Same as Pell. Grants range from $100 to $300. Funds awarded on first-come, first-served basis.
Work Study Federal Work Study (FWS) State Work Study (SWS) WorkFirst Work Study (WFWS) Submit a time sheet twice monthly by the 10th and 25th of month. Payment is monthly by direct deposit. Enrolled in an eligible program. Dependent on student's calculated need. Earnings range from $200 to $8000 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 Direct Stafford Loan Program Applied to outstanding tuition and fees. Balance paid by disbursement to Clover Park Plus Card option. Enrolled in an eligible program Up to $4,500 in subsidized and up to $6,000 in unsubsidized loan.
Borrowed money must be repaid.
Students are required to do entrance, financial awareness and exit counseling at different times while attending CPTC. If a student withdraws, changes programs or drops to less than half time, the remainder of the loan is canceled.
Scholarships Individuals, groups and organizations. Financial need; other requirements depending on scholarship. Determined by donor. Scholarship opportunities are posted outside of the Financial Aid Office in Bldg. 11 as well as offered by the CPTC Foundation. Determined by donor.
Worker Retraining Same as Pell. Eligible to receive, receiving, or exhausted unemployment within the last two years. Grants vary per quarter based on need and tuition and fee costs, other funding and availability of funds.

Eligible participants are identified by the Worker Retraining Intake Specialist located in the Workforce Development Office in Bldg. 16.

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 11. 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.

A Washington State scholarship search database that asks you profile questions to target scholarships you can apply for. 

Fast Web

A national scholarship search database that asks you profile questions to target scholarships you can apply for.

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.

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:

College Bound Scholarship

Established by the Legislature in 2007, the College Bound Scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to low-income students who want to achieve the dream of a college education. 

The scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible for the free and reduced price lunch (FRPL) program, are in foster care, or whose family's income meets the guidelines. The deadline to sign up is June 30 of students' 8th grade year.  For more information, visit the College Bound website (

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