Paying for College

Paying for college is often challenging, but RTC is committed to reducing those barriers! Our inclusive wrap-around services help students navigate the costs associated with attending college. Financial support includes the resources below.

Our Financial Aid department’s primary objective is to bridge the gap between a student’s available funds and the Cost of Attendance (COA), to support students with their needs and their success at Renton Technical College (RTC). Our team works diligently to provide individualized service and is available to walk our students and their families through every step of the financial aid process. The Financial Aid Office increases opportunities for both access and success by helping students seek, obtain, and make the best use of all financial resources 

Workforce Education offers programs that support and guide students through their college journey to get a high-demand and/or high-wage job.

For eligible students, support can include paying for college tuition and required books and supplies, help navigating the college system, and connecting you to additional financial resources to maintain your needed budget. We are here to help you thrive and complete your education on time. Our programs:

  • Worker Retraining - loss of income, under employed, laid off, received or receiving Unemployment Insurance
  • CAT/TB - Commissioner Approved Training and Training Benefits attend college + weekly Unemployment check
  • TAA - Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • BFET Federal Food Stamps - Basic Food Employment and Training
  • Opportunity Grant
  • WorkFirst-TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • CTE - Career and Technical Education High School Dual Credit
  • ELA - English Language Acquisition
  • GED
  • High School Diploma Program for Adults (English and Espanol) 
  • Professional Technical Certificates of Completion
  • 2-Year and 4-Year degrees - AA, AAS or BAS
  • Apprenticeship   

The RTC Veteran Services Office provides veterans and military-affiliated students a wide-range of assistance in a friendly, confidential, respectful, and caring environment. We can help navigate paying for college using VA education benefits and applying for financial aid, and we can provide guidance for additional resources and support for reaching students’ educational and vocational goals. Our Agency Funding staff is here to serve as a liaison between students and various governmental and community agencies that have authorized funding to pay for tuition, books, and supplies.

Scholarships are a common way for students to pay for college. Different scholarships have different deadlines to apply and RTC offers different resources to help students learn about the various scholarship opportunities. Students (including prospective students) can access the Library’s Scholarship Resources home page, which includes resources on scholarship application success. Current students can also find external scholarship information via the “Career Services Center” course on Canvas (log-in required). Additionally, the RTC Foundation provides financial support in the form of internal scholarships and grants to hundreds of students every year to help cover the costs of attending college. While completion of the FAFSA (or WASFA) is not required to qualify for an RTC Foundation scholarship or grant, it is strongly encouraged.
RTC Foundation scholarships are offered fall, winter, and spring quarters. RTC Foundation grants are typically offered year-round based on availability of funding.

Renton Technical College offers other resources to aid students and to help with the expense of attending college. These resources are designed to promote some of the other opportunities available to students, supporting successful completion of their program or degree. 

  • Collegiate Recovery Scholarship: The Wellbriety Center is the hub for RTC’s collegiate recovery community. Our team works to reduce barriers for students experiencing substance abuse. We also serve RTC students who are homeless or need housing and food. Please visit the Wellbriety Center to learn more about the Collegiate Recovery Scholarship.
  • Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH): grant which assists students experiencing homelessness, housing, and food insecurity.
  • The Learning Resource and Career Center at RTC (LRCC): Free resources include the Food Pantry, computer repair (CHIPS), Handshake job board, resume and mock interview help, free tutoring, free computer lab, and connection to the United Way Benefits Hub for rent assistance, utility assistance, internet help, moving assistance, the Equity Grant. This is also a WorkSource Connection site for the public seeking employment.
  • Pay Tuition
  • Renton Promise
  • Benefit Hub
  • Life Essentials SEAG
  • WA Opportunity Grant Scholarship