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Funding Sources

Funding Your Education

How do I pay for college?

Nearly 85 percent of Centralia College students receive some kind of financial assistance to help defer the cost of attending college. Financial aid and other funding resources may provide assistance when student resources are insufficient to meet the costs of college. We provide a comprehensive student financial aid program to eligible students and help students access federal, state, and institutional funds to offset educational costs. Funding sources and programs include:

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid is the primary source for students to access financial assistance when paying for college. This office coordinates all financial aid from different funding sources available to students, including students who are eligible based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This includes any federal, state and institutional funds that are deemed need based.

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Scholarships are awarded to students based on a variety of criteria, grades, community service, work experience, financial need, and others. They are awarded through the Centralia College Foundation and may pay for some or all of a student’s tuition. All students are encouraged to apply.

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Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining is a partnership between community and technical colleges and Washington State WorkSource to provide job training for dislocated, unemployed workers, and those who face imminent layoffs. It offers additional support and funding sources that may help cover start-up tuition, cost of books and some other training related expenses after regular financial aid processes are completed.


Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program is a partnership between Centralia College and the Department of Social Health Services (DSHS). Eligible individuals must currently be receiving or are qualified to receive basic food assistance. The BFET program assists with education and skills training.

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Opportunity Grants

Opportunity Grants are intended to assist low-income students enrolling in college for training in high-wage, high-demand career pathways. Students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant program may be eligible to receive assistance with tuition, fees, books, and some supplies.

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WorkFirst financial aid is intended to assist TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) participants by providing tuition, fees, and book assistance toward the goal of helping parents to gain the skills needed to become employed or to advance in employment through wage and skill progression.


Student Job Center

The Student Job Center can help Centralia College students find part-time jobs to supplement their educational costs. The office has an open door policy, various resources and caring staff to assist students with their job search.

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Veterans Services

Veterans Services helps those who are eligible to apply and register for classes at Centralia College, and obtain Veterans Educational Benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.