Financial Aid

  • Federal Financial Aid is available at Tri-Community Adult Education for the full-time Welder Training program and full-time Court Reporting program for those who qualify.

    Tri-Community Adult Education administers the following Title IV programs/funds:

    Federal Pell Grant - This is gift aid and does not require repayment

    You can determine your eligibility for a Pell Grant by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application can be found online at the FAFSA Website.

    We encourage all students to start the financial aid process as early as possible prior to registration. It can take 4-8 weeks from the time all required applications and documentation are submitted for a student’s financial aid to be packaged and scheduled for disbursement. To help you through the process, step-by-step instructions are provided below.

    STEP 1: COMPLETE A FAFSA ONLINE - Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education that manages and regulates Title IV funds of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. To be considered for federal aid, students need to complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Step-by-step instructions are provided below.

    1. Go to FAFSA Website
    2. Click on “Start A New FAFSA”
    3. Enter your personal information
    4. Click on “2022-2023” tab for the 2022-2023 academic year
    5. Click on “Start New FAFSA” or "FAFSA Renewal"
    6. Enter the information requested using your 2021 Federal Taxes
      NOTE: When asked for a school code, enter "036503" for TRI-COMMUNITY ADULT EDUCATION.
    7. E-Sign your FAFSA using your FAFSA ID Number

    NOTE: If you are unable to upload your tax information into your FAFSA using the embedded IRS retrieval tool, you will need to request a Return TAX TRANSCRIPT for 2021 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Order Transcript) Once you have completed your FAFSA, a summary/confirmation report will be generated and emailed to you. Please keep a copy for your records.


    • Select a program
    • Register at the site the program is offered, completing the appropriate paperwork
    • Review your payment options
    • Contact the Trade-Tech Academy Financial Aid office at (626) 974-6420 for additional information or assistance with the Financial Aid process.

    2022-2023 Title IV Financial Aid

    The U.S. Department of Education, under 34 CFR 668.42, requires the disclosure of general information to students with regard to consumer information regulations.

    For the Welder Training Program, the cost of attendance (COA) is as follows:

    1200 clock hours - 60 weeks - 20 hours per week.
    Tuition: $4750
    Books/Supplies: $1000
    Total $5750

    For the Court Reporting Program, the COA is as follows:

    4600 clock hours – 184 weeks – 25 hours per week.
    Tuition: $9443
    Books/Supplies: $3546
    Total $12989

    You must be fully enrolled in a Tri-Community Adult Education Program before any Title IV aid will be disbursed on your behalf. After you are fully enrolled in the program of your choice, your financial aid award will be presented to you and payment options will be discussed in detail. If the student has previously received Title IV loans, he or she may defer payment on the loans while enrolled full time at Tri-Community Adult Education. An employee at Tri-Community Adult Education is available during business hours to answer any financial aid related questions.

    Staff can be reached by phone at Tri-Community Adult Education

    (626) 974-6420

    Students who receive federal financial aid funds have the following rights:

    • The right to review your financial aid files and accept or decline your financial aid award
    • The right to know how the financial aid will be distributed
    • The right to know how your financial need was determined
    • The right to request an explanation of various programs in your student aid award
    • The right to know the refund policy of Tri-Community Adult Education

    Students who receive federal financial aid funds have the following responsibilities:

    • The student has the responsibility to remain in Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). For a complete explanation of SAP: SAP Explanation PDF
    • The student must complete all application forms accurately and honestly.
    • The student must provide correct information.
    • If it is found that a student purposefully provided false information, it could be considered a criminal offense, which could result in an indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code.
    • The student is responsible for providing all documentation to the financial aid office in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in not receiving a financial aid award.
    • The student is responsible for reading and understanding all materials he or she signs and for keeping copies of those documents.
    • The student is responsible for all agreements that he/she signs.

    Financial Aid staff is available to:

    • Provide information on Financial Aid resources
    • Assist in filling Financial Aid applications. Financial Aid programs, procedures, and eligibility requirements change frequently. Students are encouraged to contact the counselor at the Trade-Tech Academy for current requirements and literature.

    NOTE: The Department of Education prohibits students from receiving Federal Financial Aid at different schools/colleges for the same academic term.