Congratulations on your decision to complete the entire BCTC career training program as an adult student. You’ll gain in-depth, hands-on skills, knowledge, experience and industry certifications sought by local employers.
Tuition and fees vary by program and include books, uniforms, lab fees and tools if needed. The average length of the BCTC adult career training program is 1620 hours. BCTC is a clock hour school. The current tuition is $8.77 per clock hour. Therefore, the average tuition is $14,207.40 for the entire program. All hours completed as a high school student are deducted from the tuition amount. BCTC only charges tuition for hours completed as an adult student. Tuition is billed on a semester basis.
Example Tuition Calculation:
• Level 1 Senior student attending BCTC part-time in the AM or PM session completes 540 hours.
Tuition for entire program $14,207.40
Hours completed as a high school student savings total ($4,735.80)
• Level 1 Senior student attending BCTC full-time 8am to 3pm, completes 1080 hours.
Tuition for entire program $14,207.40
Hours completed as a high school student savings total ($9,471.60)
Financial Aid Financial aid is available for qualified adult students attending Day School programs. Financial aid applications must be completed online at https://studentaid.gov using the BCTC school code 040413. Over 90% of BCTC adult students receive some type of financial aid. BCTC has a Financial Aid Specialist on staff to assist students with the FAFSA application.
Scholarships Scholarship opportunities are available for adult students. You may apply for these at the Berks County Community Foundation website: https://bccf.academicworks.com. Pay close attention to the requirements to make sure you are eligible.
The Ralph H. and Florence Moyer Fund - The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to Berks County Youth who are pursuing post-secondary education for vocational or technical training , i.e. developing a skill/expertise in a specific field of study, forgoing the general education courses associated with some postsecondary programs. Some examples of vocational or technical education are HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, practical nursing, medical secretary, industrial maintenance, dental hygienist. Applicants must be Berks County residents who are at least 18 years of age but no older than 30 years of age, at time of application and have a financial need. Awards may be used to pay towards tuition, books, application fees, tools, equipment, or clothing required for the program. Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in a Trade Prep Certificate Program or an Apprenticeship Program.
Building Industries Exchange of Reading and Berks County Fund - The purpose of the fund is to support Berks County residents who are pursuing post-secondary education to pursue careers in the building trades and/or construction design technology. Such careers include, but are not limited to, architecture, drafting or engineering related to the construction industry, or Trade Prep Certificate Programs, or Apprenticeship Programs related to the construction industry including, but not limited to, HVAC, carpentry, plumbing or electrical. Students are eligible to receive up to $1,000 a year for expenses such as: tuition, books, application fees, tools, equipment, or clothing required for the program. Students may reapply in a subsequent year.
Haupt Family Fund - A scholarship will be awarded in memory of Wilbur Haupt to adults who are Berks County residents who have a high school degree or to high school seniors who are graduating from high schools located in Berks County, PA. Applicants must be furthering their education after high school in a mechanical technology field, automotive technology field, technical field, or trade on a part-time or full-time basis at a vocational/technical school located in Berks County, PA; OR applicants may be Wilson High School seniors who intend to pursue a 4- year degree in engineering at any educational institution on a full-time basis. In order to apply, applicants must have achieved a cumulative high school or technical school GPA of 3.0 or 85% or higher. Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund, with the exception of the Wilson 4-year engineering student, may apply again in a subsequent year; however, previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.
Horatio Alger Association - The Career and Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit postsecondary institution in the United States. Eligibility Criteria:
- Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
- Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2019
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
- Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
- Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
- Be under the age of 30
- Be a United States citizen
Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient Apply at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/
Application available February 2020 for the 20-21 school year.
- All applications to return to BCTC as an adult must be received by the Continuing Education Administrator by December 15.
- There is a $40 non-refundable Day School application fee.
- The $500 lab fee will be waived for all returning high school students.
- All adult students must obtain State & Federal Criminal Clearances and a Child Abuse Registry Check prior to being accepted into the program.
- Adult students can attend BCTC on a full or part-time basis. Full-time is 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday and part-time is a choice of the AM session, 8am to 11am or the PM session, 12pm to 3pm Monday through Friday.
- Students who successfully complete the program receive a BCTC Certificate of Competency and applicable industry certifications.
BCTC Adult Education Contact Information:
Kim DeHart- Continuing Education Administrator
Vickie Foreman- Financial Aid Specialist