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Ways to Pay for CPTC

Attention students: If you self-pay and incur a refund, the refund will be applied to the outstanding charges on your student account.

We provide a number of different ways to pay for your education at CPTC — here are some options.

Financial Aid

If you think you might have difficulty paying for your education at CPTC, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. Our financial aid page will guide you through the process of applying for financial aid.

State Financial Aid for DREAMers is also available.

Financial Aid Announcement 8/10/2022:

Due to the transition to ctcLink, determination of financial aid eligibility for Summer/Fall Quarter students has been delayed.

  • Students who have applied for financial aid by the posted priority deadlines (Summer: 4/4/2022 and Fall: 6/17/2022) are actively being processed and will have their classes placed on hold to prevent them from being dropped for non-payment. Students may continue attending classes while the Student Aid & Scholarships office reviews their files to determine financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who did not meet the posted deadlines, which includes submission of any additional requested documents, must plan accordingly to purchase books and required supplies for their classes.
  • If you are in need of additional resources, please visit our Workforce Development office.
  • Check out CPTC's other funding options

You can access information about your aid application and financial awards by viewing your financial aid tile in CTC link. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to the new state-wide technology system.


To receive financial aid, you must complete your FAFSA. Visit the Steps to Apply for Financial Aid page for details. 


  • The Opportunity Grant allows low-income students to earn up to 45 credits in a high-wage and high-demand job-training program. To get started, please contact the Workforce Development Eligibility Office at 253-589-4311 or visit Building 16, Room 105.
  • Emergency Assistance Program


The Clover Park Technical College Foundation provides financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.

Learn More about CPTC Scholarships

Other Scholarship Sources

Tuition Installment Plan (TIP)

The tuition installment plan (TIP) benefits students who are paying out of pocket or waiting for third-party funding and want an alternative to student loans. 

Upon registering for classes, contact our Tuition Installment Plan Specialist, who will personally set up your contracts, payments, and walk you through your plan.

If you set up your plan during early registration, your total tuition and fees will be divided into thirds. Later registration dates may lead to fewer payments (higher amounts). There is a one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of $25. Late payments are assessed a one-time, non-refundable late fee of $30 per late payment. See full details on the Tuition Installment Plan page.

Military Tuition Assistance, MYCAA, and GoArmy Ed.

Veterans, spouses, and active duty personnel should contact the education officer at JBLM or their current duty station to determine eligibility requirements and to obtain the appropriate funding documentation.

Once this step is complete, the CPTC student accounts representative is available to answer additional questions by appointment in Building 17, Room 103 - Office E, 253-589-5663 or at

GI Bill®

Most programs offered by CPTC are fully approved for benefits under the new GI Bill® and the old GI Bill®. Visit our Veterans page to learn more.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Third-Party Payers

Some agencies and employers will make agreements with students to fund part or all of a student's tuition and fees. Funded students must have their agency contract approved and mailed or faxed to the 3rd party Agency Funded Accountant before starting class. If an agency is paying the program admission fee, the student should take their contract to the 3rd party Agency prior to testing.

All 3rd party agency correspondence should be given directly to Amy Timmons – 3rd party Agency Funded Accountant.

Please Contact Amy at
Ph: 253-589-5663
By appointment at Bldg. 17 Rm. 103 E.


Basic Food, Employment, and Training (BFET) provides employment training and services to individuals who receive Basic Food benefits (SNAP) or who are eligible to apply for Basic Food benefits. To get started, please contact the Workforce Development Eligibility Office at 253-589-4311 or visit Building 16, Room 105.

Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining program may be able to provide financial support to cover the cost of tuition and books for qualified dislocated workers who have received unemployment benefits or Veterans separated honorably from the U.S. Armed Services in the last 24 months. To get started, please contact the Workforce Development Eligibility Office at 253-589-4311 or visit Building 16, Room 105.

WorkFirst Work-Study

Funds may be available to WorkFirst Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) parents for part-time employment while they are college students. To get started, please contact the Workforce Development Eligibility Office at 253-589-4311 or visit Building 16, Room 105.



Drop box is for students to drop off paperwork for financial aid, registration, admissions, and veterans offices. Please do not drop any homework in the slot for your classes.

For your convenience, a drop box is available just outside of Building 17.
Located near the overhang, to the right of the main building entrance, this drop box is secure and accessible 24 hours a day. Contents are picked up daily from a secure location inside the building.

An image of the CPTC paperwork dropbox
Cashier Office Hours:

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Where Do I Pay My Tuition & Fees?
  • Pay in person at the cashier's office in Building 17 with check, cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard,

  • Pay by phone with a Visa or Mastercard by calling 253-589-5505

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