Get Started at Bates

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Learn. Grow. Transform at Bates Technical College.

Grow. Learn. Transform 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
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 forms. During this time you will pay a non-refundable $50 fee, as well as tuition and fees. To schedule your appointment, call 253.680.7002.