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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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 or a GED® completer

Title IV School Code: 012259



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.

BankMobile refunds

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 application deadlines in the next section.



Financial Aid quarterly processing deadlines

  • Winter: Oct. 16, 2017
  • Spring: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Summer: April 16, 2018

    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.



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Downtown Campus, Room A208
Mon-Thu, 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
Tue and Thu, 1-4 p.m.

VA and L&I Certifying Official: First and Third Wed, 8 a.m.-Noon

Central/Mohler Campus
Third Wed of each month, 1-4 p.m.

(Office closed during school breaks and holidays.)


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