Get Started at Bates

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Financial Aid 253.680.7020

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Reinvent yourself at Bates Technical College. Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started. Over 800 students graduate from Bates each year and with over 50 programs offering both short-term certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options, you're sure to find the right program that will help you reinvent yourself.

Not sure yet what you want to study or what programs are offered at Bates? Explore our program offerings. If you're ready to get started, follow these simple steps below.

Getting Started Step 1
Attend an Information Session

Learn how to get started at Bates Technical College! Career Information Sessions cover specifics about your career program, enrollment deadline dates, costs, financial aid, program requirements, support services, resources for students and more.
Getting Started Step 2

Apply for Financial Aid 
Financial aid is available for qualified students. Apply early to receive full funding. Apply online at and sign the free application using your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you need help, contact the financial aid office at 253.680.7020. 
Getting Started Step 3

Complete Entrance Testing 
Prior to entry into our career training programs, you will take the COMPASS test, an untimed, computerized test used for placement. The non-refundable fee for this test is $19. Check the testing schedule or call 253.680.7030.

Getting Started Step 4
Apply to Bates Technical College 
Schedule an appointment with a career advisor who will work with you to develop your education plan to get you started on the path of success. During this appointment, you will complete an application form and pay the non-refundable $50 application fee.  Be sure to bring the results of your COMPASS test to the appointment.
Getting Started Step 5
Complete the Registration and Enrollment form

You're ready to enroll at Bates! Schedule an appointment with your career advisor to complete the registration and enrollment form. Tuition and fees are due at this time. To schedule your appointment, call 253.680.7002.
Getting Started Step 6
Watch the Online New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation is all online and provides helpful information that will prepare you for your career education program.