Financial Aid and Scholarships

Paying for School

Tuition at the 鶹ýPorn is among the lowest in the state at only $85 per credit for adult students. High School students attend 鶹ýPorn tuition-free. However, if you do not have the means to make tuition payments, College staff can refer you to federal, state and private organizations which may be able to assist with the cost of your training.


鶹ýPorn participates in Federal Financial Aid and offers Pell Grants for programs 600 hours or greater. The first place to start is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

You can find more information on the Leave of Absence, Return of Title IV and Satisfactory Academic Progress policies on theFinancial Aid Policyweb page.

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Steps to take before applying

Step 1

*Keep your FSA ID and Save Key, for future reference.

Step 2

Apply for online
*鶹ýPorn school code: 041915

Step 3

After completion of FAFSA, 鶹ýPorn will email you regarding your Pell Grant eligibility (it will be a separate email from the one you receive from the Department of Education).
*It can take up to 3 business days for your FAFSA information to be sent to 鶹ýPorn.

FAFSA Federal Student Aid Information Center: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

Dependency Overrides
Referring Agencies and Organizations
Professional Judgement

Students who cannot answer yes to any of the dependency questions on the FAFSA can submit an appeal to the financial aid office requesting that they be declared independent. If granted, eligibility for federal aid is then based solely on the student’s income.

To have an appeal approved, there must be extenuating circumstances which prevent the student from providing parental information on the FAFSA. To have the independent status carried forward into subsequent academic years, the student must submit a letter requesting that it be renewed.

Dependency overrides can only be granted if an extenuating circumstance exists.

In reviewing appeals, the Financial Aid Coordinator is looking for evidence that it is not reasonable to expect the student to seek out information from their parents because it would be unsafe, unhealthy, or the parents are inaccessible.

Examples of extenuating circumstances include:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Abandonment by both parents
  • History of neglect due to parental alcohol or drug abuse
  • Incarceration of the custodial parent
  • Other circumstances which prevent the student from having contact with the parents

A parent’s refusal to provide information on the FAFSA,or the fact that a student is self-supporting, in and of themselves, are not reasons for which a dependency override can be granted.

When completing the FAFSA, students may be selected for a process called “Verification” by the U.S. Department of Education. This process requires 鶹ýPorn to verify the information provided on your FAFSA with financial documents you must provide to our office. The required documents will be requested once 鶹ýPorn receives your FAFSA and may include, but are not limited to, a signed copy of your federal tax return transcript(s) and the Verification Worksheet. If you are a dependent student, you will also be required to submit a copy of your parents’ signed federal tax return transcript(s). You may be asked to submit other documents as needed to complete the verification process.

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will inform you if you are selected for verification. If there are discrepancies between the information provided on the FAFSA and your financial documents, you will need to make electronic corrections to your FAFSA data. Important note:鶹ýPornwillnotproceed with your aid application until all required documents are returned and the verification process is complete. Any correction(s) made to your FAFSA may cause changes to your financial aid account including award amounts.

鶹ýPorn is required by the Department of Education to complete the verification process for any student selected.Youcannotreceive any federal financial aid until theprocess is complete. Please assist us in completing this process as soon as possible so that your financial aid will not be delayed.

鶹ýPorn works closely with several government agencies and private organizations to help individuals obtain the training they need to qualify for employment. Some of those organizations include the,,and the. You may wish to work with one or more of these organizations directly as you arrange to finance your training program at 鶹ýPorn. Contact Student Services for more information.

Professional Judgment refers to the school’s authority to make adjustments, on a case-by-case basis, to information reported on the FAFSA, so that the Department of Education can recalculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the number that the school uses to determine if a student is eligible for need- based financial aid.

Please Note:The school does not have the authority to make direct adjustments to the EFC or to the formula used to calculate the EFC, just data elements on the FAFSA which may change the EFC.

The professional judgment process is an extensive process that requires a thorough review by the Financial Aid Coordinator to determine what, if any changes, may be appropriate based on your FAFSA application. It is a time-intensive process that includes the following steps:

  • If a Professional Judgment is requested, the student will be institutionally selected for Verification (if not previously selected). Be aware that during the Verification process, corrections to your FAFSA may be required which can result in a change to a student’s aid eligibility.
  • The file will then be reviewed to determine if all required documentation has been submitted. If additional documentation is required, the student will be notified by email.
  • The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will determine if a student’s Professional Judgment request meets the criteria to make data element changes to their FAFSA.
  • If approved, appropriate changes will be made to the student’s FAFSA and submitted to the Department of Education. The Department of Education will then recalculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the student’s eligibility for need-based aid. The student will be notified by email.
  • If denied, the student will be notified by email.

In many cases, an adjustment does not increase the student’s eligibility for grants or the total amount of aid awarded. Be aware that if a student receives a Federal Pell Grant, it may be reduced or lost because it is based on the original EFC.

Special circumstances are anything that differentiates the family’s finances from those of other families. Below are examples to include, but are not limited to, reasons to submit a professional judgment request:

  • Changes in a family’s reported income
  • Death or disability of a wage earner
  • Separation/divorce of the student’s parents
  • Unusually high childcare or dependent care expenses
  • Changes to dependency status
  • Unusually high medical or dental expenses
  • Parent(s) enrolled in college at least half-time in a degree seeking program

鶹ýPorn Scholarship Opportunities

(as funds are available)

鶹ýPorn wants to help you find effective ways to finance your training. We have grants and scholarship opportunities to help adult certificate-seeking students achieve their goals. Please note the review of all scholarship applications does not begin until students have:

  1. and accepted into a 鶹ýPorn program
  2. Completed the
  3. Submitted the

For questions or more information about grants and scholarships please contact Nancy Aldrete:

Focus Scholarship

This scholarship covers Tuition and Books

The Focus Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for students interested in enrolling for 24 hours a week or more. This scholarship will focus on students interested in pursuing a job within the industry after graduating.

Approved Program(s): Automation Technology, Business, Diesel Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Information Technology and Advanced Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Software Development, Special Function Officer and Law Enforcement Officer, and Welding Technology

Stepping Stone Scholarship:

The Stepping Stone Scholarship is for students interested in enrolling at a minimum of 12 hours a week. This scholarship will be based on student needs and will focus on students interested in pursuing a job within the industry after graduating.

Approved Program(s): Automation Technology, Business, Diesel Technology, Information Technology and Advanced Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, Software Development, and Welding Technology.

CDL A Differential Scholarship:

The CDL A Differential Scholarship can be used for certificate seeking self- pay CDL A students intending to work in the industry. This scholarship is for the differential tuition only.

Approved Program(s): CDL-A

Nelnet Learn to Dream Scholarship:

Nelnet Bank’s Learn to Dream Scholarship can be used for tuition and/or books for any program at 鶹ýPorn.

Approved Program(s): All

Norco Scholarship:

The Norco scholarship is awarded to Welding students based on either need or merit.

Approved Program(s): Welding Technology

Cargill Scholarship:

The CARGILL scholarship is awarded to students based on merit.

Approved Program(s): Welding Technology, Automation Technology, and Diesel Technology

General TCSD High School Digital Book Scholarship

The General TCSD High School Digital Book Scholarship was designed to help Utah high school students with thecost of digital books required for their courses. Please note that not all programs are eligible for this scholarship, nor are all digital books required covered within some eligible programs.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Tooele Education Foundation (TEF):

鶹ýPorn will match a $500 TEF scholarship with $500 鶹ýPorn for tuition.

Ken Garff Keys-to-Success Scholarship

鶹ýPorn awards $500 scholarships for tuition for two graduates each from Blue Peak, Grantsville, Stansbury and Tooele High Schools. Students must apply through their high school scholarship coordinator. The Ken Garff Foundation makes the final selection of scholarship recipients.

Utah State Board of Education Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship

Sponsored by the Utah Board of Education. 鶹ýPorn awards up to six $500 CTE scholarships towards tuition for high school graduates enrolling within one year from graduation. Students must apply through their high school scholarship coordinator. The USBE makes the final selection of scholarship recipients.

Geneva Rock Products Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited university, college, trade or vocational school. Scholarship applicants must be in pursuit of construction-related careers including, but not limited to: Construction management, civil engineering, business, and commercial/professional sales. Students involved in trades such as welding, diesel tech, heavy equipment operations and building tech are also welcome to apply. High school seniors are eligible to apply, but must be enrolled in one of the previously mentioned institutions. All applicants must have received, (or be in the process of attaining), their high school diploma or GED. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, or be a legal permanent resident with work eligibility status.

Business & Professional Women’s Utah Foundation

Scholarships to assist women who are attempting to complete their education in order to enter or return to the workforce, oftentimes while trying to support their families. These scholarships are not solely limited to women, but are open to anyone who qualifies.

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Student Loan Options

鶹ýPorn focuses on providing aid to its students through scholarships and grants. Loans are not offered through our services. Please contact your local financial institution (bank/credit union) to inquire about student loan options.