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Opportunity Grants

The Opportunity Grant program is intended to assist low-income students enroll in college for training in high-wage, high-demand career pathways.  All pathways approved under the Opportunity Grant program provide a minimum beginning wage of $13.00 per hour.  Students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant program may be eligible to receive assistance with tuition, fees, books, and some supplies.  The grant may pay for up to a total of 45 credits over a period of three years.

General Student Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for an Opportunity Grant, students must be pursuing an approved pathway, be a Washington State resident, meet the income guidelines, have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filed that establishes financial need, and provide a letter of recommendation at time of intake.

Approved Pathways

  • Accounting
  • Business Office Careers
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics
  • Energy Tech/Power Operations
  • Medical Careers
  • Welding

Income Guidelines for 2013-2014

Listed below are the income guidelines to be used for the Opportunity Grant for the 2013-2014 academic year effective March 1, 2013. These are calculated at 200 percent of the 2013 federal poverty levels.
Size of
Family Unit
Annual Gross Income
Cut-off Amounts
Monthly Gross Income
Cut-off Amounts
1
$22,980
$1,915
2
$31,020
$2,585
3
$39,060
$3,255
4
$47,100
$3,925
5
$55,140
$4,595
For each additional person, add
$8,040
$670

Contact Opportunity Grant Program

Lisa Welch, Program Specialist
lwelch@centralia.edu
(360) 736-9391, ext. 237
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am–5:00pm