Current Students

Financial Resources

Workforce Funding & Student Support

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
Location:
College Services (CS)
Room 102
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Paying for College

Learn more about a variety of ways to finance college through grants, scholarships, and FAFSA by attending Paying for College in Building G (G) Room 102A

  • The 1st Wednesday of each month from 11am to 12pm
  • The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Workforce Funding & Student Support Programs

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Opportunity Grant

With Opportunity Grant, low-income students can get ready for and enrolled in programs that provide high-demand skills for high-wage jobs.

Worker Retraining Program (WRT)

Unemployed or displaced workers can update their skills or learn new, in-demand skills that lead to good jobs. If you’re eligible, you may also qualify for financial support through a state-funded grant.

BFET (Basic Food Employment & Training)

BFET eligible students, who receive federal basic food benefits, access education that leads to good jobs.

WorkFirst

WorkFirst assists eligible low-income parents who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

Passport to College

Support services and financial assistance may be available through a program serving former foster youth.

Financial Resources:

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WorkSource

Scholarships for dislocated workers and students with low income may be available for students admitted to a program that is considered to be in demand.

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SALT

Get personalized help managing your loans.

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Money: Budgeting for College

Get some hands-on experience creating a budget, and learn other financial planning tools. Here is a handy budget template (xls spreadsheet format) you can use.

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CashCourse

Find many financial planning resources here

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
     

With Opportunity Grant, low-income students can get ready for and enrolled in programs that provide high-demand skills for high-wage jobs:

  • Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrician, Electro Mechanical Technology, HVAC, or Precision Machining
  • Instrumentation, Electronics, or Process Technology
  • Automotive Technology or Diesel Mechanics
  • Surgery Technology, Radiology Technology, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, or Dental Assistant

You may qualify if you:

  • Are 18 or older.
  • Have earned less than an associate’s degree.
  • Are a Washington resident of at least one year.
  • Completed the FAFSA, which shows financial need.
  • Are highly motivated and committed to your educational and career goals.
  • Have a family income within eligibility guidelines. This income chart will help you determine if you meet this qualification.
      Family Size: 1
      Annual Gross Income: $23,340
      Family Size: 2
      Annual Gross Income: $31,0460
      Family Size: 3
      Annual Gross Income: $39,580
      Family Size: 4
      Annual Gross Income: $47,700
      Family Size: 5
      Annual Gross Income: $55,820
      Family Size: 6
      Annual Gross Income: $63,940
    • For each additional person, add $8120 annually

You may receive:

  • Tuition and fees for 45 college credits.
  • $1,000 for required books and tools.
  • One-time funding for child care, transportation, and other emergencies (note: this funding is limited).

Apply here for Opportunity Grant (PDF | RTF)

Learn more about Opportunity Grant:

  • Schedule an appointment with the Opportunity Grant Coordinator by email oppgrant@btc.ctc.edu or by calling 360-752-8442.
  • Drop-in hours for Opportunity Grant: Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Learn more about other funding options:

Learn more about other funding options by attending Paying for College in Building G (G) Room 102A

  • The 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm
  • The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
     

This program is designed to help unemployed or displaced workers update their skills or learn new, in-demand skills that lead to good jobs. If you’re eligible, you may also qualify for short term financial support through this state-funded grant.

Who could qualify? Individuals who:

  • Were laid off or have received a layoff notice.
  • Receive or are eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Have exhausted unemployment benefits within the last two years.
  • Were self-employed but closed a business due to economic conditions.
  • Have received an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces within the last two years.
  • Qualify as a displaced homemaker:
    • An individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member(s) in the home and who:
    • Has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; and
    • Is unemployed or underemployed, and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
  • Qualify as a vulnerable worker:
    • A currently employed individual who requires retraining and meets two of the following three criteria:
      • Is employed in an occupation that is listed as "not in demand" on the region’s Demand-Decline List.
      • Has not yet reached the "tipping point", of one year (45 credits) and a certificate or degree related to their college coursework.
      • Is unable to meet new skill standards of current employment without retraining.
  • Lives or works, or has lived or worked, in a county declared a disaster area at the time of a disaster within the last 24 months, and whose employment situation was impacted by the disaster.

WRT is intended to be start-up or bridge funding, to get you enrolled and started in your program, or provide financial support during a time when other resources are not available. Recipients may receive:

  • Funds to cover tuition and books (may not cover 100%) during your first quarter at BTC.
  • You may be eligible for waitlist priority — ask the Worker Retraining Coordinator to see if you qualify.
  • Assistance coordinating with other agencies, programs and funding sources to pay for the rest of your program, and to keep you in good standing with Employment Security if you receive unemployment benefits.

How to Apply

Learn more about Worker Retraining

  • Schedule an appointment with BTC Worker Retraining Coordinator by email wrt@btc.ctc.edu or by calling 360-752-8492.
  • Drop-in hours for Worker Retraining:
    • Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Located in College Services (CS) Room 102

Learn more about other funding options:

  • Learn more about other funding options by attending Paying for College in G Building (G) Room 102A
    • The 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm
    • The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • WorkSource scholarships for dislocated workers of up to 2 years may also be available for students already admitted to a program of study in a high demand field—be sure to ask about this if you are admitted to your program (prerequisites are completed).

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
     

Basic Food Employment and Training helps eligible students access education that leads to good jobs.

You may qualify if:

  • You are receiving or eligible to receive federal Basic Food Benefits. Find out if you qualify.
  • You are not receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

Priority is given to:

  • Students enrolled in Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grant and who have other sources of non-federal aid (state grant, scholarships).
  • Students who are required to work with BFET to receive DSHS child subsidy or to be in college.

You may receive:

  • Child care subsidy.
  • Continued Basic Food Benefits while you’re in school.
  • Financial assistance with college-related expenses.
  • Loan of books for general education and prerequisite classes.

How to apply:

Learn more about BFET:

Learn more about other funding options:

  • Learn more about other funding options by attending Paying for College in G Building (G) Room 102A
    • The 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm
    • The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • WorkSource scholarships for low income students of up to 2 years may also be available for students already admitted to a program of study in a high demand field—be sure to ask about this if you are admitted to your program (prerequisites are completed).

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
     

The WorkFirst program at BTC provides funding and services to low income parents. Funding and services support student success and help students reach their employment goals.

You may qualify if all of these apply:

  • You are a parent receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
  • You were referred by the DSHS caseworker.
  • You have completed the DSHS Comprehensive Evaluation.
  • Find out if you qualify.

You may receive:

  • Tuition, fees, and books, depending on other aid available to you.
  • WorkFirst Work Study job.
  • Child care subsidy through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS).
  • 1:1 support in educational planning, funding, and other strategies to help you succeed at BTC.

How to apply:

  • Contact your TANF Caseworker at DSHS to become eligible for TANF, contact DSHS or go to washingtonconnection.org.
  • If you and your DSHS Caseworker determine that training at BTC is your next step, your Caseworker will refer you to an orientation session at BTC.

Learn more about WorkFirst:

  • Schedule an appointment with the WorkFirst Student Retention Advisor by email or by calling 360-752-8461.
  • Drop-in hours for WorkFirst: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about other funding options:

Learn more about other funding options by attending Paying for College in Building G (G) Room 102A

  • The 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm
  • The 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Summer Hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm
    Fri 8am-12pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
     

Passport to College Promise Scholarship for Former Foster Youth

Through the Passport to College Promise Scholarship program, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), and specialized support services from a college staff member.

Eligible students may receive up to $1,500 per quarter in financial assistance. Passport students also may opt-in for personalized help and support services from the College Success Foundation.

Passport serves former foster youth who:

  • Spend at least one year in foster care in Washington state after their 16th birthday
  • Emancipate from care on or after January 1, 2007
  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible college by their 22nd birthday
  • Maintain Washington residency
  • Be working toward earning their first degree or certificate

To apply, complete the Passport Consent Form

    Send it to:
  • Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Passport for Foster Youth Promise Program
  • PO Box 43430
  • Olympia, WA 98504-3430
  • Fax: 360-704-6246

If approved for Passport, students must notify the Passport Coordinator at BTC of their eligibility.