Financial Aid & Tuition

Western Technology Center Financial AidIn today’s ever changing economy, education is more important than ever and for those who qualify, financial resources are available to help you succeed.  Adult students, who meet certain criteria, may receive aid through Pell Grants, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Education Benefits, American Indian Training/Employment Programs, and other programs listed below. 

Assistance in the financial aid office is available during regular school hours and students are welcome to come in to have questions answered or receive assistance in completing financial aid requests.

Financial Aid Programs



Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the primary source of financial aid at Western Technology Center. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid and are intended for undergraduate students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens and are enrolled in an eligible Career Major.  A student's eligibility is determined by the needs analysis formula used on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The maximum award amount for 2017-2018 is $5920 and may be prorated for students whose payment periods are less than half an academic year. An academic year is defined as 900 clock hours and 26 weeks. Requirements for Satisfactory Progress are set out in the Student Consumer Information.

Year-Round Pell for 2017-2018:  The student meeting Satisfactory Progress for prior payment periods will be eligible to receive additional Title IV funds if enrolled in a program longer than the stated academic year of the designated program during the 2017-2018 award year.

FIRST!! WTC/SWOSU Scholarship

The First! WTC/SWOSU scholarship application.  Please follow the following criteria:

*For students planning to attend SWOSU next year.  They should be able to open, type, save, and print this form.

*All students in long term classes may apply, regardless of career major or future plan of study; however, proof of enrollment will be required before scholarship money will be awarded.

*DEADLINE is March 29th to campus counselors - Mrs. Gastineau for Burns Flat and Weatherford campuses; Mrs. Partain for Sayre campus.

*Students must attach a Resume and Copy of their SWOSU Acceptance Letter at the time of application.

*It is the student's responsibility to research accurate Attendance and Financial Aid numbers to report.  Accurate information is Necessary and will be verified.

*Award amounts will be determined by the number of students who apply.


SWODA Workforce Investment

Career Majors approved for WIA funds are:  Dental Assisting, Practical Nursing and Welding

Physicians Manpower

Assistance provided for Practical Nursing Students once the student is officially accepted into the program. 

Veterans Policy

Western Technology Center offers a full tuition waiver to any veteran enrolling in our school in the day time programs that are Pell-eligible.  The veteran must produce proof of service and have obtained an honorable discharge by providing the form DD214.

Western Technology Center chooses to honor the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program for Career and Technology Centers.  The student must provide the OKARNG/ANG Form 215-5 signed by the Soldier's Unit Representative of the Oklahoma National Guard to the Financial Aid Office.

The student should contact Dana Ellis in the Financial Aid Office at the Burns Flat campus for additional information, (580) 562-3181 Ext. 279 or [email protected]

Department of Rehabilitative Services

This is a program of assistance for individuals with documented disabilities.  Services include testing, psychological evaluation, medical examination and counseling services.  In some cases Vocational Rehabilitation pays tuition, fees, books and supply costs.  For more information visit the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitative Services on the web at the link or contact the Financial Aid Office at the Burns Flat campus.

Tribal Agency Grants/Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Bureau of Indian Affairs awards educational grants to students who meet their eligibility requirements.  Assistance could vary with each student dependent upon his/her needs.  Students who are listed on a tribal roll and believe they may qualify should contact their Tribal Agency Educational Office for application information.  Criteria for continued eligibility, re-establishing eligibility, method and frequency of benefit, along with satisfactory progress standards for this program are administered by the student’s Tribal Agency Educational Office.  WTC will provide information requested from student’s tribal agency. 

ORO Development Corporation

Provides assistance to students who have done seasonal farm and ranch work. Contact Olivia Tovar at the Clinton office 580-323-3290 

13th Year Scholarship

Western Technology Center’s 13th Year Scholarship waives tuition for full time programs (Providing space is available in the program.) This scholarship can only be used the fall semester following high school graduation in May. No monies are issued directly to the scholarship recipient.

Completed application is due to WTC Guidance Counselor on or before March 1.

90% attendance is required in order to keep a 13th Year Scholarship. Less than 90% attendance will result in this scholarship being cancelled and the student being responsible for the cost of their tuition for the second semester.  Extenuating circumstances as describe in the student handbook will be consider.

Otha Grimes Scholarship

This scholarship is available to adult students in a program at a Career and Technology Center. The application must be submitted to the financial aid office at the posted local deadline prior to the deadline on the application. The application will go before a local selection committee and then sent on to the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation. Please download the eligibility requirements and application and follow the specific instructions to apply. 

Tuition & Fees

High School students from the Western Technology Center (WTC) district may attend secondary career programs free of tuition charges. Tuition for adult students and those living outside the district is dependent upon the specific career major.

The required tuition payment for the career major is due when class starts according to a prearranged payment plan, unless the student is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant or the student has provided the school with an authorization or statement from a funding agency stating they will be paying the student’s tuition. It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements.

A student’s tuition must be paid in full before the student will be eligible to receive a certificate and before he/she may enroll in any future classes at Western Technology Center. A student who withdraws prior to paying tuition or before financial aid is arranged will be invoiced for the tuition owed according to the refund policy.

Tuition charges are based on $2.00 per career major hour once the student has selected a major and completed the enrollment process. Students may be required to purchase uniforms, tools and pay other student-related fees.

WTC has divided the tuition for each career majors into no more than three payment periods based on the number of hours for each career major. The Student Accounts Manager at the Burns Flat Campus will notify each self-pay student of the required tuition payments and due dates for the student’s career major. The Sayre Site Director or designee will notify each self-pay student of the required tuition payments and due dates for the student’s career major. Self-pay students must pay tuition in accordance with the tuition contract signed by the student prior to attending WTC. Any exceptions must be discussed and approved with the Student Accounts Manager or Site Director in advance of the due date. 

Tuition Refund Policy

If a student withdraws or is dropped and fails to complete a period of enrollment for which they have been charged and paid, WTC will calculate what, if any, refund will be made to the student or funding agency. Dues, testing fees and supply fees are non-refundable. Refunds are not given for absences.

Refund requests should be directed to the Student Accounts Manager and are based on the official date of withdrawal or drop according to the Student Records/Registrar.

The tuition refund policy for a student enrolled for at least three hours per day during a tuition period is as follows:

Withdrawn/dropped Refund

0-5 Days 100%
6-20 Days 50%
21 Days or More No Refund

Unpaid balances will remain on the student’s account and may prevent the student from progressing to the next payment period, receiving certificates, or enrolling at WTC in the future.