Opportunity Grants

Opportunity Grants help low-income students enrolled in approved career training programs pay for tuition and books. Awards are a based on financial need.

Who is Eligible

  • Washington residents
  • Students who are enrolled (or who plan to enroll) in an Opportunity Grant-eligible associate degree or certificate program
  • Low-income students
  • Students who show financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA)
  • Students who maintain a 2.0 grade point average
  • Students who have earned less than an associate degree

Note: Opportunity Grants are not available to students pursuing AA-Transfer degrees. To check for eligibility, visit the Start Next Quarter website.

What Qualifies as Low-Income

According to the federal guidelines used by the Opportunity Grant program, the chart below determines if a student meets low-income eligibility requirements.

Size of Family Annual Income Limit, 2023–2024

1 $29,160
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280
6 $80,560
7 $90,840
8 $101,120

What Programs Qualify

The following Pierce College professional/technical programs qualify for Opportunity Grants: