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.
- 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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/plus.
To apply for a PLUS loan, parents will need to complete the online application at www.studentloans.gov.
- 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.
OTHER TYPES OF AID
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 until Spring 2017.
Only current 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 more than once, but must complete a new application each time. Students who do not meet eligibility requirements or who are currently on probation will not be considered for an award. The number of scholarships awarded will vary depending on available funding.
Apply for PTI Foundation Scholarship
PTI Foundation Scholarship Reference Form
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
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. Copies of scholarship guidelines are also available in the Financial Aid Office and in Student Services.
- DREAM AWARD SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA
This scholarship was established to assist students in their second year of higher education. A portion of the funds have been designated for students majoring in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math). Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, leadership, school and community activities, honors, work experience, goals and financial need. Go to https://www.scholarsapply.org/dreamaward/ to apply. Deadline is December 15, 2016.
- THE LEAD ROSTER B2B SALES & MARKETING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is for students interested in sales and marketing. Unlike most scholarships which require a simple essay, they put the tools in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your ideas! Geared for students in Business and ITCS. This is a $1,000 scholarship. To find out more, go to: https://www.leadroster.com/?scholarship. Deadline is December 15, 2016.
- CANCER AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP
It is hoped that this scholarship will inspire young people who have been affected by cancer, lead inspired lives, and make a difference in the world. To apply, submit a transcript and essay. Details are available on their website at: http://www.dallascaraccidentlawyers.net/cancer-awareness-scholarship/. Deadline is December 15, 2016.
- PRO BIKER SCHOLARSHIP
ProMountainBiker.com is pleased to offer the chance to win an annual $1,000 scholarship to a student that meets the following criteria. You must be enrolled in a university, college or technical school, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and submit an essay no fewer than 500 words. The essay should be based on "What sporting legend do you admire, and what characteristics or personal traits of that person do you intend to emulate during your studies". Application guidelines can be found at: http://promountainbiker.com/scholarship/. Deadline is December 31, 2016.
- RESTORATION USA 2017 ACADEMIC ENTREPRENEUR REWARD SCHOLARSHIP
School can be expensive. They understand the value of an education and are offering to help alleviate some of the expenses. Write a short (750 word minimum) essay on what makes a person an entrepreneur and what your entrepreneurial journey looks like. For more information, go to: http://www.charlotte-chiropractic.com/immigrant-scholar-award/. Deadline is December 31, 2016.
- IMMIGRANT SCHOLAR AWARD
Applicants will be judged on their academic merits, as well as the content of the application and essay they provide. They have observed the unique challenges that immigrants face on a day to day basis and see the strength and perseverance it takes. For more information, go to: http://www.charlotte-chiropractic.com/immigrant-scholar-award/. Deadline is January 1, 2017.
- PRIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Over 50 scholarships are available for LGBTQ and straight ally students. Students of any age and accredited program are eligible. Applicants must be a resident of Washington State. To learn more about the scholarship and to apply, go to: https://www.pridefoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/. Deadline is January 13, 2017.
- ORANGE SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Homer Fund seeks to truly make a positive impact in the lives of Home Depot associates. Applicants must be the dependent of a full or part time hourly associate of The Home Depot. For more information, please go to: https://thdhomerfund.org/orangescholars/. Deadline is January 18, 2017.
- THUMBTACK SCHOOL TO SKILLS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates their commitment by chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve and serve small business owners and independent professionals. For more information, go to: https://www.thumbtack.com/scholarship. Deadline is January 31, 2016.
- WASHINGTON APPLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The WAEF offers scholarships for vocational students. Last year, they awarded over $20,000 to PTI students. This is an opportunity that should not be missed. For more information, please go to their website at https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/waef2017vocational. Deadline is March 31, 2017 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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: https://collegesteps.wf.com/?mplx=6878-38914-3408-409.
- 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: https://www.mcsf.org/cte/.
- CHECK OUT THIS GUIDEBOOK FOR FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR VOCATIONAL STUDENTS
Go to http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/financial-aid-scholarships/ to find this expert-driven guide with a list of scholarships.
- MEDICAL ASSISTANT 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: http://www.medicalassistantcertification.org/scholarships/.
This website will help you search for scholarships. Just complete your free profile and be provided an applicable list of available scholarships. Go to: www.scholarships.com for more information.
- THE WASHBOARD.ORG
The Washington Scholarship Coalition has launched theWashBoard.org to make it easier for Washington students to find and apply for relevant scholarships. Go to the website theWashBoard.org and complete your student profile, then explore scholarships that match your profile.
- FASTWEB www.fastweb.com
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 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: https://www.cappex.com/.
Find scholarships that are exclusive to the military community. Go to http://www.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do to complete your profile and discover the many scholarships that match your profile.
- VARSITY TUTORS
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 varsitytutors.com 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 http://www.nwcareercolleges.org/scholarships/ 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: SuperCollege.com. Drawings are monthly.
- SALLIE MAE SCHOLARSHIPS
You can search 3 million scholarships awarding up to $18 billion in free money at https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/scholarship-applications/default.aspx. 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 studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman.
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:
Listed below are forms for loans that you can apply for. Please review each link for specific award years.
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
2011 W. Washington Ave.
Yakima, WA 98903