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 $14,650.
For terms starting Dec. 1, 2019 and later: Tuition and fees $15,950.
Why it's worth it:
Graduation Rate Cohort Group: Oct 2004 – Jul 2017, of 10,869 students available for graduation, 9,682 graduated
AVERAGE INDUSTRY WAGE
graduates entering the trade since 2005
Oct 2004 – Sept 2017
|Required Tuition & Fees|
Paid with application
Paid during enrollment process
Due 4 weeks prior to term start
|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)||$76.00|
|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 Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, & New Mexico
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
- 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, FL)
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)
The Electrical Lineworker Program has been approved for VA funding by the State Approving Agency where each campus is located: For information regarding this approval, please visit the following links
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.
Northwest Lineman College (NLC) is a private, for-profit higher learning institution. NLC is a nationally accredited institution, however, in an effort to keep tuition costs as affordable as possible, we have made the decision not to participate in Title IV funding. Because we don’t participate in Title IV funding we are not required to issue 1098-T forms.
We ask that any tax questions be addressed with your own tax professional as we are unable to give tax advice.
The EIN# for NLC (Grid Training Corp.) is 82-0468903. Our corporate office is located at:
Northwest Lineman College
7600 South Meridian Road
Meridian, ID 83642
A copy of your statement showing all fees and payments was included in your graduation packet. If you no longer have this, you may request an emailed statement by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This email should contain your full name, campus attended, month & year of graduation, and last four digits of your SSN. For confidentiality purposes, this email must come directly from the graduate. Please note, it may take up to 7 business days from the date of this request to receive your emailed statement.
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If you meet these qualifications, you are welcome to submit an application.
- Be 18 years of age at the start date of the term you select;
- Have a high school diploma or GED;
- Possess a valid driver’s license (that does not expire prior to term start);
- Be eligible to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL);
- Be physically and mentally fit to participate (official Medical Release form provided during enrollment process);
- Provide proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of the program;
- Not have a felony conviction on your record;
- Weigh no more than 270 pounds (ELP and TLP only, due to weight restrictions of fall protection equipment).