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Have you completed the FAFSA/WASFA?

The Financial Aid department reviews students for eligibility for federal and state grant funds and federal loans per the FAFSA/WASFA. Financial aid is awarded to help students with tuition, books, transportation and housing costs.  


  • Email financialaid@pierce.ctc.edu 

  • Call 253-964-6544 

  • Visit in-person Mon–Thurs: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


How to Apply for Aid

Submit a free application for financial aid at the Ready Set Grad website.

  • If you plan to/are attending Summer 2019–Spring 2020: Submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA/WASFA and use your 2017 tax information 

  • If you plan to/are attending Summer 2020–Spring 2021: Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA/WASFA (available October 1, 2019) and use your 2018 tax information 

Do you need help applying for Financial Aid?

  • Staff from Metropolitan Development Center (MDC) can help you with completing the FAFSA or WASFA or other financial aid documents.   

  • Call 253-964-6682 or 253-722-3429 for availability. 

Do you need help with student loans or are you facing loan default?

  • Staff from Metropolitan Development Center (MDC) can help navigating student loan default, deferment, or completing paperwork for those at risk of default.  

  • Call 253-964-6682 or 253-722-3429 for availability. 

Do you need help with budgeting, understanding credit, and personal finances?

  • Sound Outreach has an office at both Pierce College campuses and can assist you with understanding financial terms and programs, connect to programs to help you reduce debt, build credit and meet your financial needs and goals, understand your credit report, and make a personal budget for short and long-term planning.  

  • Contact Financial Coach, Steven Banks, at sbanks@pierce.ctc.edu.

Are you interested in scholarships?

Many scholarships can be found online through sites such as:  


Are you receiving unemployment benefits or have received WA unemployment benefits in the last 48 months; separated from the military in the last 48 months or will in the next 12 month; displaced homemaker; are employed in a position that is not in demand?

Call Worker Retraining at 253-964-6265 

Are you receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and enrolling in a Professional Technical Associates degree or certificate?

Call Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) at 253 964-6264 

Are you a parent receiving cash assistance through DSHS and pursuing a Professional Technical Associates degree or certificate?


Call WorkFirst at 253-912-3617 

Are you a Washington resident, enrolled in a Professional Technical Associates degree or certificate?

Call Opportunity Grant at  


  • Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6577 

  • Puyallup: 253-840-8329 

Are you a current Pierce College student with a specific financial need?

Emergency Grants offer a one-time payment to a debt for those that qualify.  


  • Call Financial Aid at 253-964-6544 to apply. 

Are you a Veteran or dependent who qualifies for Veteran’s Education Benefits? 


Call Veteran’s Services at 


  • Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6505 

  • Puyallup: 253-864-3194 

  • Fort Lewis: 253-964-6567 

  • McChord: 253-964-6606 

Are you looking for funding outside of Pierce College?

Individuals can connect directly with a Workforce staff member to be connected to the Common Referral System.  


  • Call 253-964-6265 for an appointment 

  • Stop by during walk-ins from 8–11 a.m., Monday through Friday 

Do you need a full-time, part-time, work study, or internship position?

Job & Career Connections helps students and community members with connecting to employment opportunities, career events and hiring fairs, creating or revising resumes and cover letters, and interview skills.  


  • Call 253-964-6265 to make an appointment 

  • Stop by during walk-ins  from 8–11 a.m., Monday through Friday 

Are you looking for resources outside of Pierce College?

Individuals can connect directly with a Workforce staff member to be connected to the Common Referral System.  


  • Call 253-964-6265 for an appointment 

  • Stop by during walk-ins from 8–11 a.m., Monday through Friday 
 

Are you between the ages of 16-24?

The REACH Center’s Youth Employment Center & Goodwill's Milgard Work Opportunity Center offers a resource/computer room for job search process and training programs.  


  • Call 253-573-6590 for more information 
 

Are you exploring career pathway options or in-demand careers?

Job & Career Connections can assist with career exploration, researching pathways, and in-demand occupations.  


  • Call 253-964-6265 for an appointment 

  • Stop by during walk-ins from 8–11 a.m., Monday through Friday  
 

Are you receiving or applying for unemployment, training benefits or commissioner approved training?

WorkSource staff assist students and community members with navigating unemployment, researching in-demand occupations, and programs on the Eligible Training Provider list. 


  • Call 253-964-6798 for hours of availability. 


Pierce College has a DSHS representative on-campus to meet your needs. They can accept applications for food assistance, cash assistance, complete your mid-year and yearly renewal certifications and troubleshoot applications for students and community members. 


  • Call 253-964-6264 for availability 

  • Location:  

    • Fort Steilacoom Campus: CAS Welcome Center 

    • Puyallup Campus: ADM 106