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Financial Aid Options at Pickens Technical College

The Financial Aid Office offers grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities for post-secondary students based on eligibility and merit. We also certify veterans for educational benefits administered by the Veterans Administration. This website will provide some of the information you will need about financial aid. If you need further information, please feel free to contact us.

All students must have a financial plan before registering for one of our programs. There are several options for developing a financial plan. If you have questions during this step, please contact the financial aid office. All post-secondary students need to set up a financial plan before you register. If you qualify for federal or state financial aid, you can visit to apply for financial aid before you register. If you have an outside scholarship or plan on paying for the program with a payment plan, you can set up your payment plan in our cashiers’ office when you register.

Federal Student Aid Information

In May 2014, Federal Student Aid (FSA) launched a new feature on its website, which allows aid recipients to access their federal student aid history directly on that site. Students, parents, and borrowers can now log in to to view their federal student loan and grant information from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®)

This is the second step of a multi-phase project to develop a single point of entry for students accessing federal student aid information, applying for federal aid, repaying student loans, and navigating the college decision-making process. The site including this new feature is also completely accessible on tablets and smartphones.

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Through Student, Students Can Now:

  • View their federal student aid history, including loan detail, grant detail, and overpayment detail
  • Get their loan servicer’s contact information
  • Find out how much Pell Grant eligibility they have left and
  • Download their federal student aid history into a text file using the MyData Download function

The NSLDS Student Access site will continue to be available and student aid recipients should continue to visit exclusively to:

  • Update their address
  • Submit an enrollment change
  • Complete TEACH exit counseling and
  • Provide an organization authorized to their account

This federal program serves as the foundation for other forms of aid. This program is designed for undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor’s degree. The amount of this award is determined by a federal funding formula and the cost of education at Pickens Tech. Students who have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for this grant. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) This federal program is designed to be awarded first to those applicants with exceptional needs. Students who have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for this grant. Click to view grants.

  • Qualifications: Must be either a citizen or resident and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants under the age of 24 must also be able to provide parent’s information

Active duty military personnel and their dependents upon moving to Colorado on a permanent-change-of-station (PCS) basis are eligible for resident tuition rates. Before registering at Pickens Tech, they should contact the nearest Military Education Office in order to complete and have the tuition classification certification form approved by the Education Officer. The form is to be presented at the Registration Office at the time they register for a class.

  • Qualifications:
    • Must be active-duty military personnel or dependent on PCS (permanent-change-of-station)
  • First Steps:
    • Contact the nearest Military Education Office to complete the tuition classification form, and have this form approved by the Education Officer. This form must be presented at the time of registration.
    • Visit our How to Apply Guide for our enrollment and registration process
    • Check in with our financial aid office

The Financial Aid Office does all certifications for veterans seeking to use their educational benefits at Pickens Tech. Not all programs are eligible for veterans’ benefits and prospective students should contact the office for information on specific programs or classes. Veterans may check their education benefits at, click on Benefits & Education Training.

  • Qualifications:
    • Must be able to provide a certificate of eligibility that applicant is receiving veterans benefits
  • First Steps:
    • Applicant must already have VA benefits or must fill out an application with the VA
    • Applicant must pay 50 dollars down upon initial registration to reserve their spot in classes, until VA pays (Is applicant has 100% benefits they will be refunded the $50)

Pickens Tech does not currently participate in any student loan programs (Federal Stafford Loan, Direct Loan, Perkins, etc.). Students holding previous loans from other schools are eligible for deferment of loans in good standing. Deferment forms will be completed by the records office and sent to previous schools or the loan holder. For further information on loan deferments, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Pickens Tech participates in a program known as concurrent enrollment. All high school students approved through their district are eligible for enrollment at Pickens with all tuition paid for.

  • Qualifications:
    • Applicants should be currently enrolled in high school and on track to graduate. Attendance and career trajectory are major factors in determining an applicant’s eligibility.
  • First Steps:
    • Students should connect with their high school counselors to learn more about pickens programming and possible opportunities.
    • Student should explore the virtual tours available for more information about specific programs.
    • Concurrent enrollment students should NOT apply online, the application process for high school students is done solely through counselors.

ASCENT is a state funded scholarship program which supports one free year of college.

  • Qualifications:
    • Applicant must be on track to graduate within the traditional four years of high school and have earned 12 or more college credits within that time. Students must have a C average or higher in those college courses to be eligible.
  • First Steps:
    • Students should connect with their high school counselors to discuss potential eligibility and further details of the scholarship.

There are a variety of scholarships that change throughout the year. Pickens awards scholarships based on merit and other specific qualifications. Pickens also accepts third party scholarships. Please visit the Pickens financial aid office for more information about available scholarships.

  • Qualifications:
    • Applicants are eligible for scholarships on a case by case basis, but to qualify they must have a FAFSA on file at Pickens (see State and Federal Grants).
  • First Steps:
    • Scholarship can be found available near the financial aid office, by program teachers, and by third party.

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