Financial Assistance for BEST Students

Apprenticeships offer students valuable opportunities for employment in their career fields while pursuing their education at Wake Tech. Students sign an apprenticeship agreement with an employer sponsor. Their tuition is paid either by the employer sponsor or by funds available through  ApprenticeshipNC. Check with ApprenticeshipNC or Apprenticeship.gov for more information.

Financial aid is available in several formats for students who qualify. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance at least six weeks before the semester or term begins. A student intending to begin the Fall semester should begin the application process no later than April 10. A student intending to begin Spring semester should begin no later than October 15. Financial aid applications are processed only when all paperwork has been submitted, and the process takes at least four weeks to complete.

Hardship assistance: Students who have circumstances that prevent them from attending or completing classes can apply for up to $250 in aid through funding from Duke Energy. Students may apply only once during the 2022-23 academic year and must have a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible.

Scholarship opportunities are described on the Wake Tech Foundation website.

Sponsorships are arranged through direct company contact and approval. Agreements usually specify a work period obligation following graduation.

The CARE Center is a resource for students who need emergency financial assistance, as well as help with food, technology, transportation and wellness needs.

Work-Based Learning (WBL) offers opportunities for eligible students to gain work experience in their career fields and earn course credits at the same time. Most BEST degrees offer WBL as elective credit. Typically, only students in Associate in Applied Science degree programs have WBL options, but there are some exceptions. Students should talk with their advisors about the best time to pursue work-based learning.