Investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. Not only is the Electrical Lineworker Program term shorter than even one semester at a standard 4-year college, but it is also a fraction of the cost. We understand the energy and resources that go into creating the career and life that you want and we are committed to assisting you along the way, and making the process more than worth your while.
Tuition and fees $17,450.
Why it's worth it:
AVERAGE INDUSTRY WAGE
Amount based off of mean annual wages: www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499051.htm
graduates entering the trade since 2005
|Required Tuition & Fees|
|TOTAL TUITION AND FEES||$14,650.00|
|REQUIRED ASSOCIATED COSTS|
|Climbing & Hand Tools, NLC Safety Shirts||$2,800.00|
|Class A CDL/Commercial Learner’s Permit 1|
Due to differing state laws, CDL/CLP requirements vary by campus. See CDL/CLP section of this catalog for further information.
|California (Commercial Learner’s Permit)||$73.00|
|Florida (Commercial Learner’s Permit)||$75.00|
|Idaho (Class A CDL w/ Air Brakes Endorsement)||~$380.002|
|Texas (Commercial Learner’s Permit)||$325.00|
|Smart Grid & Electrical Devices Certification||$1,895.00|
|NCCCO Crane Operator Certification||$1,895.00|
|Student Housing (price varies by state and housing type)||Varies|
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) fee (CA)||$03|
1DMV costs are estimated, and are subject to change without notice. Please confirm current pricing with the applicable state DMV.
2Costs include tuition of $290.00 for a Class A Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test course, which includes a four-hour testing protocol class, truck rental, fuel, insurance, and one skills test; in the event a retake is necessary, additional fees may apply. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are eligible to obtain an Idaho Class A CDL with air brakes endorsement, and to secure a commercial learner’s permit prior to taking this course. Driver’s License Office fees for required written tests and issuance of permit ($48.00-$51.00; not included in tuition) are paid directly to the DMV by the student. Consult the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles for eligibility questions and to obtain a permit. Other additional fees (not included in tuition) include issuance of CDL ($40.00; valid four years) Course and testing conducted at 7600 S Meridian Rd, Meridian, ID 83642. DMV costs are estimated, and are subject to change without notice. Visit dmv.idaho.gov for current pricing.
3The STRF fee is not currently being charged because the California State STRF account has met the maximum amount allowed by state statute. This amount could be increased by the BPPE at any time. See California-Specific Policies in the back of this catalog for more information.
ways to help manage tuition costs
Understanding that finding funding can be somewhat challenging, Northwest Lineman College is continually researching options to assist students in investing in their education. Below are options that students have used with success. It is recommended to check this page on a regular basis, as updates will be made as other options become available.
When it comes to higher education, there are traditionally two types of loans available: federal and non-federal (private) student loans. In an effort to keep tuition costs as affordable as possible, NLC does not participate, receive, or qualify for federal funding programs—meaning it does not accept any federal loans or student aid (FAFSA). However, private student loans are accepted, which a great number of NLC students have used to pay for their education.
Northwest Lineman College is happy to partner with Meritize Financial to offer student loans that are customized based on individual student performance. Students are able to finance the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board.)More Info
Sallie Mae offers comprehensive information and resources to assist students, parents and guidance professionals with financial assistance. Sallie Mae is well established and has worked with students who attend Northwest Lineman College. Many lenders have ceased to offer or make private loans for various reasons. However, you are free to do research with other private loan lenders. For more information on financial assistance through Sallie Mae, please click the NLC campus you wish to attend below:
Mountain america credit union (idaho only)
Mountain America Credit Union is a trusted lender who works directly with the Idaho NLC campus to offer our ID students private student loans. Minimum criteria for loan:
- A Northwest Lineman Student applying for the Idaho NLC campus
- A Student who resides in or works in and/or works for employers within Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, & New Mexico
Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union (Texas Only)
- Advantages of GTFCU Higher Education Loans
- Variable and Fixed rate loan options
- Borrow from $1,000 up to $50,000
- Possible Interest Rate Reduction
- Multiple Payment Options & 10 Year Repayment
- Deferment and Forbearance Options Available
Are you a resident of Texas and a NLC student at another campus?
There are many ways residents of Texas can qualify for membership and receive all the benefits of a credit union.More Info
Other private loans
Local banks and credit unions sometimes offer loans to those pursuing education, and can be a great resource. That said, it’s important to know the following when seeking untraditional private student loans:
- NLC does not receive, participate, or qualify for Title IV Funding (anything requiring a FAFSA application—Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, etc). As such, NLC does not provide 1098-T tax forms. Pass this info on to your loan officer to help them find the best option for you.
- Not all banks offer student loans, but don’t be discouraged—ask them to help you explore all options.
- Private student loans are becoming more and more common, and most can be applied for online. An Internet search using keywords like “private student loans”, “non-federal student loans”, or “career training loans” may generate useful results.
Get help paying for your tuition and fees. There are several scholarships offered through the power industry and community support groups that ELP students are eligible for. The best way to locate these scholarships is through specific internet searches. Using key phrases such as “Power Industry Scholarships” will provide you with many resources. Another great source for scholarship and grant information would be your city, county, and state community foundations. Below you will find current scholarships available to ELP students and links to some community foundations as well.
- Andrew York Memorial Scholarship
- Columbia REA 2012 Jeff Meredith Lineman Scholarship
- Community Foundation of North Central Washington
- The Fallen Lineman Foundation for residents of North Carolina
- Great Lakes Scholarship
- Idaho Community Foundation
- Idaho Power Scholarship
- Inland Power
- National Insulator Association Scholarship
- Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative Scholarship
- San Miguel Power Association Scholarships
- UEC Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s Lineman College Scholarship Program
- Wells Rural Electric Company (Idaho campus only)
- Work Ethic Scholarship - Mike Rowe Works
Scholarships.com is a great tool to use to explore millions of scholarship opportunities. Click here to explore this great tool.
GI Bill® (CA, ID, TX only)*
NLC is grateful to our men and women in service, and we are proud to accept funding provided by the GI Bill program. If you have served in the armed forces, please contact your local Veterans Affairs (VA) office or visit gibill.va.gov for more information. We are currently limited to the GI Bill program, and are unable to accept funds from GoArmyEd’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program.
If you are using your GI Bill, you will need to provide the following documents, obtained through your VA representative:
- DD214 Form
- Certificate of Eligibility
- Military Transcript
- Postsecondary College Transcript (if you’ve attended college in the past)
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program
VR&E services, offered by the VA, may help with job training, employment accommodations, résumé development, and job-seeking skills for qualifying vets.More Info
Many students have been able to utilize grant funds through their local Department of Labor office to attend NLC for career training. When contacting your local office, inquire about the following programs:
- Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
- Worker’s Compensation Program
- Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab)
Students or their families who may belong to a church or any other type of civic-minded organization, like Boys Scouts or 4H, please keep in mind you could qualify for scholarships with one or more of these types of organizations. Typically Rotary Clubs, Various Woman’s Organizations & American Legions or VFWs will also offer small scholarships that help lighten the financial load of funding education.