Financial Aid

Career and technical education is a savvy investment in your future. We’re committed to helping you seize the opportunity ahead while making sound financial choices.

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute offers a variety of adult education programs that are eligible for federal student aid. Students may qualify for the following forms of aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan

For detailed information about different kinds of federal student aid, including grants, loans and work-study, visit the federal student aid website or review our Financial Aid Handbook.

Eligible courses

Courses eligible for federal student aid require a minimum of 600 hours to complete. At LCTI, the following adult education programs meet that eligibility requirement:

Auto Collision Repair Technology, Auto Technology, Cabinetmaking & Millwork, Carpentry, CNC/Precision Machine Tool Technology, Commercial Baking, Computer & Networking Technology, Culinary Arts, Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology, Electrical Technology, Electromechanical/Mechatronics Technology, Electronics Technology/Nanofabrication, Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintenance, Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technology, Masonry, Painting & Design, Plumbing & Heating, Precision Machine Tool Technology, Small Engines/Recreational Vehicle Repair, Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology, Web Design/Web Programming, Welding Technology

For detailed information about program curriculum and career pathways, visit the full-time programs webpage or review our 2023-2024 Catalog/Handbook.

Cost of Attendance & Net Price Calculator

For detailed information about education expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, and transportation, review our Cost of Attendance brochure.

LCTI is in its initial year of offering federal student aid and does not yet have the data necessary to publish a Net Price Calculator. A calculator will be available in June 2024.

Application process

To secure federal aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. LCTI cannot determine students’ aid eligibility until the form is complete.

Step 1: Gather info you need to fill out the FAFSA

Before beginning the FAFSA, gather everything you’ll need to complete the form. Necessary information may include your Social Security number, your alien registration number (if you’re an eligible noncitizen), your federal tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned, bank statements and records of investments, records of untaxed income, etc.

Step 2: Go to and complete these tasks

    • Fill out the FAFSA
    • Complete student loan entrance counseling
    • Complete a master promissory note

Student Lending Code of Conduct

LCTI is committed to providing students and their families/supporters with the best information and processing alternatives available regarding student borrowing. With this in mind and in an effort to rule out any perceived or actual conflict of interest between school employees or agents and education loan lenders, LCTI has adopted a Student Lending Code of Conduct. Review the code.

Need assistance filling out the FAFSA or completing other required tasks? The Adult Workforce Education team at LCTI can help. Reach out with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Contact us

Kim Kilgus, Financial Aid Advisor
610-799-1372 •

Amy Rex, Workforce Education Coordinator
610-799-1316 •

The majority of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s adult education programs are approved for the following federal and student aid sources.

Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA) & PA CareerLink®

The Workforce Investment Opportunities Act, administered locally by PA CareerLink®, helps job seekers access the employment opportunities, education, training and support services they need to succeed in the labor market. WIOA also helps match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Funding approval may take four to six weeks. Learn more about WIOA and PA CareerLink® online or call 610-437-5627.

Trade Adjustment Assistance/Trade Readjustment Act (TAA/TRA)

The Trade Adjustment Assistance/Trade Readjustment Allowance is a federal program that provides paths for employment growth and opportunity through aid for U.S. workers who’ve lost their jobs due to foreign trade. Learn more about TAA/TRA online or call 610-841-1028.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain or maintain employment. OVR delivers services to eligible persons both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis. Learn more about OVR or call 610-437-5627 ext. 540.

Veterans Affairs (VA)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of benefits that cover tuition and other educational expenses. The category of benefit will determine an applicant’s eligibility and entitlement. To apply for a Certificate of Eligibility or COE, visit the VA’s eBenefits webpage. It may take three to five weeks for applicants to receive their results. Students must provide LCTI with a COE. The following VA benefits cover the cost of LCTI courses.

  • Post 9/11 Benefits – Chapter 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill® – Chapter 30
  • Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
  • National Guard and Reserves – Chapter 1607
  • Survivors and Dependents – Chapter 35
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – Chapter 31

Learn more about the GI Bill and other education benefits online or call 1-888-442-4551.

Contact us

Kim Kilgus, Financial Aid Advisor
610-799-1372 •

Amy Rex,Workforce Education Coordinator
610-799-1316 •

COVID-19 Hardship Scholarship

In partnership with Lehigh County, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute is offering scholarships to Lehigh County residents who live outside of Allentown and Bethlehem, meet income requirements and can demonstrate job loss or financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Scholarships cover 90 percent of tuition for approved applicants. Save on the training you need to succeed! View the flyer.

The following programs are scholarship eligible:

CDL/A Tractor-Trailer Driver, CDL/A & Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO), CDL/A & Logistics & Forklift Safety, CDL/B & Logistics & Forklift Safety, Diesel Truck Technology, Diesel Truck Technology & CDL/A, Diesel Truck Technology & CDL/B, Electromechanical/Mechatronics Technology, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Heavy Equipment Operations, Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technology, Logistics & Forklift Safety, Precision Machine Tool Technology, Residential Wiring & Electricity, Welding Technology

Contact us

Kim Kilgus, Financial Aid Advisor
610-799-1372 •

Amy Rex, Workforce Education Coordinator
610-799-1316 •

Some students may be eligible for monthly payment plans. Eligible students include those who are enrolling in a:

  • Full-time program without financial assistance.
  • Full-time program with an outstanding balance after financial assistance
  • Short-term program without financial assistance

Terms vary, but plans typically require monthly payments over the length of a program. Programs must span a minimum of two months to qualify for a payment plan.

Contact us

Kim Kilgus, Financial Aid Advisor
610-799-1372 •

Amy Rex, Workforce Education Coordinator
610-799-1316 •

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