Financing Your Education

You’ve made the decision to pursue your dreams through education, congratulations! Pinchot’s admission process selects applicants with diverse backgrounds, strong academic achievement, significant work and leadership experience, and personal and professional goals. Our Student Financial Services team is here to help you discover your options. Let’s get started.

Pinchot participates with federal, state and private agencies to make financial aid programs available to students. Financial assistance awarded through Pinchot may consist of a combination of institutional scholarships and grants, federal and private loans and part-time work-study opportunities for those who qualify.

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Pinchot Student Financial Records Form.

For a Better Tomorrow

Financial aid opportunities

The first step toward financing your education is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Pinchot Student Financial Records Form. The basic eligibility requirements are listed below.

Federal Student Loans

Pinchot students may qualify to borrow up to their total cost of attendance per year through the federal student loan program. Learn more about federal student loans here.

Federal Work Study Program

Our work-study program offers students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning money for graduate school. Students can enhance their current learning as well as their future professional prospects by integrating classroom concepts with real-world work experience. Work study opportunities are limited and can be requested upon enrollment.

Military Education Benefits

Pinchot will gladly accept VA education benefits, including but not limited to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs website is the best source for information about all VA Educational Benefits Programs.

More About Military Education Benefits

Military Education Benefits

Bainbridge Graduate Institute welcomes military personnel and veterans who currently serve or have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces. BGI will gladly accept VA education benefits including but not limited to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. As you prepare to apply and enroll at BGI, the Department of Veterans Affairs website is the best source for information about all VA Educational Benefits Programs.

Eligibility Requirements

To determine your eligibility for VA benefits at BGI, student must submit their DD-214 and Certificate of Eligibility to the financial aid office. If transferring from another institution, a student must submit VA form 22-1995. Until eligibility is confirmed, students are responsible for paying for full tuition and fees. Veteran benefits are not applied retroactively. Funds will be applied directly to the student account when they are received.

Because BGI is a private non-profit institution, the total amount of benefit coverage through VA programs (including but not limited to the GI Bill) is subject to a cap of $19,198 per academic year per student. Benefits vary if a student has used his/her education benefits at another post-secondary institution. Additional funds may be available through the Yellow Ribbon program, outlined below. Military students are also encouraged to apply for Pinchot scholarships.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who have received an honorable discharge.  Detailed information about Chapter 33: Post 9/11 is available here. In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, to be eligible for post 9/11, a student must have served on active duty after 9/10/2001:

  • A minimum of 90 days (excluding entry level and skilled training)
  • At least 30 continuous days if discharged for a service related disability

This is only a general eligibility guide. Students can review and apply for Chapter 33: Post 9/11 on the web.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The US Department of Veterans’ Affairs Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program allows schools to arrange an agreement with the VA to fund student’s tuition and fee costs that exceed the national cap. By participating in the Yellow Ribbon program, BGI awards eligible students who have an unmet need after the national cap has been met, up to $10,000 or 50% of unmet costs per year. The VA will match each dollar the school contributes. The combined school and VA contribution can’t exceed the tuition and fee amount charged to the student.

The total contribution amount will be determined by Pinchot.  The contribution amount is also subject to a student’s tuition and fees and other total charges billed for the quarter as part of the current academic year.  In addition to meeting eligibility requirements outlined above, Yellow Ribbon is available to students who:

  • Served at least 36 months on active duty, and
  • Served at least 30 days on active duty and were discharged due to service-connected disability, and
  • Are entitled to 100% benefit level.

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program please visit: Yellow Ribbon.

For questions about applying Military benefits to BGI Tuition & Fees please contact


The basic eligibility requirements for financial aid are as follows:

Institutional Requirements

  • Enrolled at least half-time in one of the following programs: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (new students automatically meet this requirement).
    • MBA in Sustainable Business
    • MBA in Sustainable Systems
    • MA in Organizational Leadership
    • Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions
  • Not currently receiving full tuition reimbursement. (If you are eligible to receive partial corporate tuition reimbursement, you may still apply. However, your award may be reduced proportionately.)

Federal Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if required; in general, if you are male age 18 through 25.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal loan or owe money on a federal grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Certify that you were not convicted for a drug offense that occurred while you were enrolled in school and receiving federal student aid.

2014-2015 Forms

Contact Information

Please direct all financial aid questions to:

Gagan Kaur
Financial Aid Administrator
Direct · 206-780-6227

Submit all written correspondence and financial aid materials to:

Pinchot University
Financial Aid Office
RE: Confidential/FA
220 Second Avenue South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Or fax to:

Pinchot University
Financial Aid Office
RE: Confidential/FA