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Some services may be closed or unavailable in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

If you find yourself short of financial resources, we encourage you to reach out to Financial Aid – even if you never have before.  Leave a message on their phone with details of your situation, or provide them in email. Counselors will research your situation and get back to you.

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resources like rental and utility assistance may be available to you.

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.

How to Apply for Aid

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 253-964-6228 or 253-722-3429 for availability.
  • To make an appointment

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 253-964-6228 or 253-722-3429 for availability. 
  • To make an appointment

Are you interested in scholarships?

Many scholarships can be found online through websites 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?

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 veteran or dependent who qualifies for Veteran’s Education Benefits?

Call Veterans 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?

You can connect directly with a Workforce staff member to be connected to the Common Referral System (211).  

  • Call 253-964-6265 for an appointment

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

Are you looking for resources outside of Pierce College?

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

  • Call 253-964-6265 for an appointment 

Are you between the ages of 16-24?

The REACH Center’s Youth Employment Center and 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

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 253-964-6265 for availability 
  • Location:  
    • Fort Steilacoom Campus: CAS Welcome Center 
    • Puyallup Campus: ADM 106