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At Perry Technical Institute, we believe the value of your career training is immeasurable and we want nothing to stand in the way of your goals and ambitions.

We understand that your education is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. That’s why Perry Tech’s Financial Aid Department is dedicated to guiding you through the process of applying for financial aid. We will work with you to design a financial aid plan to cover the cost of your education and living expenses.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Financial aid is administered in accordance with established state and federal policies and philosophies. We encourage you to apply for financial aid regardless of your financial status. We prefer you begin the process six months before you plan to start school.

Here’s a checklist of the information you will need when filling out the FAFSA.

                                 PTI’s school code: 009387

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

On February 26th, 2014, Governor Inslee signed into law the Dream Act, known in Washington State as the Real Hope Act. This law allows undocumented non-citizens, who are unable to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to his/her immigration status, to apply for State Financial Aid through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) application.

WASFA Student Information Worksheet Instructions
WASFA Parent Information Worksheet Instructions

Students who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will need to submit the WASFA application. For more information on requesting consideration of DACA, please click here.

It takes an average of 3-5 business days for us to receive your financial aid application (FAFSA/WASFA). Once we receive it, we will mail you a letter and email if we need additional information to complete your file. If we don’t need additional information, we will prepare your financial aid award letter and mail it to you. This process can take several weeks once all required documents are received. We award on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions regarding your financial aid status or the process, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Types of Aid

Financial aid consists of grants, loans, jobs, and scholarships that help offset the cost of educational expenses. Awards can come from federal, state, local, or private sources.


Grant programs provide assistance to students who qualify and it does have to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grant

  • Must be an undergraduate student who does not have a Bachelor’s or a professional degree.
    • Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility - The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. To determine how much Pell you have used and what you have remaining, visit Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Given to help low-income undergraduate students finance the cost of their education.

State Need Grant

  • Must be an undergraduate student who does not have a Bachelor’s or a professional degree, is a Washington state resident, and meets income guidelines.

College Bound Scholarship

  • Must be an undergraduate student who does not have a Bachelor’s or a professional degree, is a Washington state resident, and meets income and College Bound Scholarship guidelines. 

Opportunity Grant

  • Students must apply for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Opportunity Grant by filling out and submitting an application to the Financial Aid Office. A notice will be posted around campus when the grant becomes available.
  • Students who meet all of the criteria will be awarded the Opportunity Grant prioritized in the order that they applied.


Loan programs supported by the federal government or private entities allow students and parents to borrow funds to pay for school expenses.

Direct Subsidized Loans

  • Students with financial need may obtain direct subsidized loans with low interest rates and flexible repayment plans after graduation. No interest is charged while you are in school or during deferment periods.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Do not require you to demonstrate financial need. Low fixed interest rate and flexible repayment plans after graduation. Interest begins accruing as soon as funds are received.

Direct PLUS Loans

  • Can be applied for by parents of dependent students to help cover the cost of their child’s tuition/living expenses. The dependent student must have a completed FAFSA on file. PLUS Loans have low fixed interest rates and flexible repayment plans. For more info, visit

To apply for a PLUS loan, parents will need to complete the online application at

Alternative Loans

  • Private loans are used by families to help pay the cost of attending college. They should only be considered after all other forms of funding have been exhausted. There are many alternative loans offered to students. Please research and choose the best option for you. Please contact the Financial Aid Office when you have secured a loan as these loans require school certification.

For a current list of potential sources, visit private loan options. To view lender application disclosures, select the appropriate links: Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo. For additional information, see the Financial Aid Code of Conduct.

Institutional Tool Loans

  • Perry Tech reserves a limited amount of funds that are provided by donors for students who have excellent or no credit history and have a hardship getting approved for a parent/alternative loan. For information, contact the Financial Aid Office.


If you meet the criteria, there are others options which can help pay for school.

Federal Work Study

  • The Federal Work Study Program provides students with funds for working part time on or off campus. Please notify the Financial Aid Office if you are interested in being placed on the waitlist for a job opening.

Worker Retraining Grant

Are you currently receiving unemployment or exhausted your benefits in the past 24 months? You may be eligible for a Washington Worker Retraining Grant. Check out all the eligibility categories Washington State Worker Retraining Program or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Outside Funding Assistance

  • There are many outside funding agencies that may be able to assist you with tuition, books or tools if you qualify for their program.

 For information, contact our program student specialist.


Financial Aid Excess

  • How and When Financial Aid Will Be Disbursed
Financial aid is disbursed electronically into your PTI student account. Federal Loan, Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, State Need Grant, and College Bound Scholarship funds should be credited to your account one week after the start of the term. State Opportunity Grant funds should be credited to your account four to five weeks after the start of the term. For timing on other aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • How and When Excess Checks Will Be Released
    Financial aid funds are first applied to your tuition account. If you have an excess after tuition has been paid, an excess check will be cut within three business days of the credit unless you have indicated to have your excess held on your account by your selection on the credit balance authorization form. Excess Check Policy 





We encourage you to apply for scholarships before starting school and throughout your time at Perry Tech. You always have the choice to reduce or cancel your loans if you receive scholarships. For information on scholarships, please email the Foundation Office or call 509.453.0374


PTI Foundation Scholarships are now closed.

Only currently enrolled Perry Technical Institute students are eligible to apply for PTI Foundation Scholarships. The scholarships are offered in the spring and fall of each year. Students may apply each cycle, but must complete a new application each time. Students who do not meet eligibility requirements or who are currently on probation, including last chance agreement,  will not be considered for an award.  The number of scholarships awarded will vary depending on available funding.


Certification Reimbursement

Students who put in the extra effort to take and pass an industry certification may be rewarded. Perry Technical Foundation will reimburse students in good standing up to $500 for certifications received that have been approved by their department.

Certificate Reimbursement Form


External Scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships which are not provided by Perry Tech. Below are scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for and receive. Scholarship information is available in the Financial Aid Office and in Student Services.  If you have any questions, please stop in the Foundation Office.

Thinking about automotive aftermarket career?  Scholarships are available for full time students attending a certified post secondary school for automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians AND students in business, marketing, engineering or other courses of study that plan to pursue a career in the automotive aftermarket.   You will need to complete a one page essay, letter of recommendation, and provide a transcript as part of the application.  For more information, go to: is March 31, 2017.

In an effort to make things a little easier for students and their families, they are offering a $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and write a 500 - 1000 word essay on "Modern Gadgets and Their Influence on Our Life".  For more information and instructions on how to submit your application, go to: Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Applications are being accepted for  a total of $90,000 for Native American students.  The program is designated to promote tribal self-sufficiency by providing scholarships for Native American students to advance their own self-sufficiency and broaden their personal and professional potentials through higher education.  Applicants must be enrolled in one of Washington's 29 federally recognized tribes or enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and attending a school in Washington State.  To apply, go to: is March 31, 2017.

Applicants must be less than 24 years of age on March 31 and an enrolled Tribal member of an NWIHA Voting Member Tribe.  The application includes a handwritten essay, sponsorship letter, two references and transcripts.  For details, go to: is March 31, 2017.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be enrolled in a program that leads to a manufacturing career, have a 2.5 GPA, submit a transcript and an online application. Programs that are eligible include AUTO, HVAC, INDUS, PRMM and WELD.  For more information and to apply, go to: is March 31, 2017.

Each year the Yakima Valley Construction Federation presents scholarships to eligible students in Central Washington. Each scholarship is awarded to a student who is preparing for a career in the construction industry.  To apply, go to: is April 1, 2017.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist financially those migrant youth who have the potential and the desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals.  Eligible applicants must be entering or enrolled in post-secondary programs.  To apply, go to: is April 1, 2017.

This scholarship was established by the West Valley Lions Club to encourage a second year student at Perry Tech to continue his/her education in the program of their choice. The $1,000 scholarship will be paid directly to Perry.  To apply, submit a letter of application which includes your plans for enrollment, work schedule, and  any community volunteer service or sports activities.  Also, include a transcript with your GPA.  Obtain and include two letters of recommendation - one from a person not related to the candidate and one from a faculty member.  All information should be mailed to:  West Valley Lions Club, P.O. Box 8058, Yakima, WA  98908-8058.  The recipient will be asked to attend one of their Thursday evening meetings.  More information is available at financial aid or outside of the deans' office.  All material must be postmarked no later than April 3, 2017.

Pursing a degree in automotive management, business and technical certification in automotive education are encouraged to apply.  Their goal is making a difference for women pursuing a career in automotive retail.  To apply, go to: is April 14, 2017.

Sea Mar recognizes and acknowledges the barriers children of farm working families face in their pursuit of a college degree.   They are proud to provide annual scholarships to make higher education a reality.  Students who work or have worked or whose parent/legal guardian is or has worked as a farm worker can apply. For information on all of the scholarships that are available, go to: Deadline is April 15 at 6:00 p.m.

12 - $2,500 scholarships are available to help support educational expenses for the 2017-18 school year.  Funding is provided through Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corporation Garage Gurus, who provide industry-leading training to automotive professionals.  Applicant must carry a 3.0 GPA, submit a transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, a typed essay and complete an application.  To apply, go to: is April 30, 2017.

Enter for a chance to win $2,000 for college!  You can use the money for whatever helps make school a little easier for you.  To apply, you must create a photo of something that inspires you about the automotive industry and write an essay on something related to the automotive industry that brings you excitement (min. 300 words).  Apply at: must be received by May 1, 2017.

Students in HVAC can receive scholarships to help offset training costs.  There will be 41 scholarships worth $87,500 to be awarded in 2017.  All applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, be a citizen of the United States or Canada, and have not previously received a scholarship from the PHCC Educational Fund.  To apply, go to: is May 1, 2017.

Exciting news in 2017, not only will BIAW contribute (at least) $10,000 in funding for students pursuing a degree in the construction industry but an additional $10,000 for scholarships designated for Technical and Trades students.  Applicants should be Washington state residents who are attending/applying to a vocational/technical school or university for the 2017 - 2018 school year and demonstrate a need for additional funding.  To obtain the application packet, go to: is May 5, 2017.

As a company driven to help students succeed, they are offering scholarships to help lighten the financial burden.  This scholarship is for an outstanding female student who is planning a career in the field of computer science and/or computer programming.  For an application and instructions, go to: is May 5, 2017. 

The mikerowWORKS Foundation is offerin a free pile of money to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.  Anyone with a pulse and a desire to learn a trade is invited to apply.  The program is administered by Scholarship America.  Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a vocational/trade program and complete their program after December 1, 2017.  To apply, go to: is May 19, 2017.

This scholarship provides funds to students seeking welder training through a trade school, community college or other facility.  Ten awards of $1,000 each, will be made to pay for tuition and fees.  To learn more and apply, go to: Applications need to be mailed to the AWS Foundation and received before the first work day in June, September, and December.  Applications will be accepted until the designated $10,000 is awarded.

2017 Technicians in Troops to Trades Training Grants and Scholarships
This application is for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard and Reserve member looking for a new career in the HVAC or electrical residential service industry. Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2017 but reviewed every 60 days.  For more information and to apply, go to:

2017 Technicians in Residential Plumbing, HVAC or Electrical Scholarships
This application is intended for students planning a career as a technician in a business that provides residential service for plumbing, HVAC or electrical.  Scholarships are granted in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000.  Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2017 but reviewed on a 60 day cycle. For more information, go to:

                                                          SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT A SPECIFIC DEADLINE:

  • WELLS FARGO CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes
    Don't wait! Enroll early to be eligible for 2 separate drawings for your chance to be one of the winners.  Sweepstakes run until 6/30/2017.  For more information, go to:

  • MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION - Career & Technical Education Scholarships
    The foundation is committed to support Marine and Navy Corpsman's children in their educational goals and feels that there is not a more versatile educational path than through career and technical education.  This scholarship is geared for students planning to attend a non-degree certification program or vocational training program that is 12 months or less.  The application is available all year and applications are processed every month.  The entire process may take up to five weeks.  For more information and to apply, go to:

    Go to to find this expert-driven guide with a list of scholarships.

    This website provides a list of scholarships geared specifically towards medical assisting certificate programs.  It has  a customized database of more than 14,000 general scholarships.  The list of scholarships are specific to MAP students.  For more information, go to:

    This website will help you search for scholarships.  Just complete your free profile and be provided an applicable list of available scholarships.  Go to: for more information.

    The Washington Scholarship Coalition has launched to make it easier for Washington students to find and apply for relevant scholarships. Go to the website and complete your student profile, then explore scholarships that match your profile.

    Start your search today and apply by completing your profile and personalizing your scholarship matches.  Visit Fastweb often for up-to-date news on scholarships.  The site includes a massive scholarship database of 1.5 million scholarships worth a total of $3.4 billion.

  • CAPPEX  
    Cappex is a website that offers a free scholarship search that will match you with thousands of scholarship opportunities.  Simply fill out a free profile to discover which scholarships best match.  Go to:

    Find scholarships that are exclusive to the military community. Go to to complete your profile and discover the many scholarships that match your profile.

    This promotion is on a month-to-month basis.  It is a skilled-based promotion.  The object is to provide the best possible answer to the question posted on for each promotional period.  Each essay must be between 200 - 900 words. One Grand Prize per month of $1,000 will be awarded.

  • Careers That Work! Scholarships for High School Seniors
    Perry Technical Institute is a participating member of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. As part of our affiliation, Perry offers graduating seniors, who choose to attend Perry, a $1,000 scholarship. To receive the award, your high school counselor must complete an application and submit it to the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. For more information, please contact the Federation at   or 425.376.0369.

     This $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship is open to all currently enrolled students. The funds can be used for tuition, books or any education-related expenses.  Winners are randomly selected based on completeness of application.  To apply go to:  Drawings are monthly.

    You can search 3 million scholarships awarding up to $18 billion in free money at  Register for free. Create your profile and be matched to scholarships.  You can win $1,000 with your registration which allows you to enter the monthly sweepstakes.

The Financial Aid Department has an open door policy – if you need help understanding the financial aid process and the options available to you, stop by our office.

  • Need a Record of Your Loans?
    The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan Program, the Pell Grant Program, and other Department of Education programs. You can find a detailed history of your federal student loans on this site. 
Perry Technical Institute is required to inform student/parent borrowers that their loans will be submitted to NSLDS and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.
  • Direct Loan Ombudsman
    If a borrower disputes the terms of the Federal Direct Loan in writing and the holder of the loan is unable to resolve the dispute, a borrower may seek the assistance of the Office of Education's Student Loan Ombudsman. The Student Loan Ombudsman will review and attempt to informally resolve your dispute. For assistance from the Ombudsman’s Office, contact
For more in-depth information on financial aid, please review our Policies and Procedures Manual.

Fall 2016 - Summer 2017 Verification Forms

Listed below are verification forms that may be required to complete your financial aid for the following quarters: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017:

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 Verification Forms 

Listed below are verification forms that may be required to complete your financial aid for the following quarters: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018:

Loan Forms

Listed below are forms for loans that you can apply for. Please review each link for specific award years.

Miscellaneous Forms

Listed below are miscellaneous forms that you may need. Please review each link for specific purpose of form before submitting.

  • 15-16 Petition for Marital Status Change
  • Financial Aid Appeal Request
  • State Aid Directive
  • Unusual Circumstances
    Perry’s Financial Aid staff is here to assist you and your parents if you have special circumstances that may affect your eligibility for financial aid.  Special circumstances may encompass loss of employment or untaxed income or benefits, excessive medical expenses not covered by insurance, divorce, death, or other circumstances that have changed the total income level of the family.  You must have already received your financial aid award in order to apply. If you think you might be eligible, please download, complete, and submit the Unusual Circumstances Appeal Form to the Financial Aid Office. Please allow 4-6 weeks for this process.
  • Dependency Overrides
    There are unique situations that cause a student who would normally be determined dependent by the FAFSA to qualify as an independent student. Select the link to see if you qualify and to download a form. Please submit the form to the PTI Financial Aid Office with all supporting documentation.


Contact Financial Aid Office 

Phone: 509.453.0374
Toll-free: 888.528.8586
Fax: 509.453.0458

Mailing Address:
2011 W. Washington Ave.
Yakima, WA 98903

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