Want to make a difference in the lives of the people around you? Can you keep your composure calm and react quickly, even during the most stressful situations?

YTI’s Criminal Justice & First Response program is designed to provide students with the skills, training and education necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a wide variety of positions. Students are trained in correctional facility security, collection and analysis of evidence at crime scenes, detailed report writing, guidelines for testifying in court and electronic surveillance equipment to ensure they will be ready to meet the demands and challenges of their future careers. Here is your chance to make a beneficial difference in your life and those around you.

Complete our form today to request more information about our Criminal Justice and First Response program!

Program Details

  • Program offered at YTI-Lancaster
  • Program length: 21 months
  • Credits: 103
  • Graduates earn an Associate in Specialized Business degree

Students are prepared to test for certification in:
CPR/AED, National Incident Management System (NIMS), HAZMAT Operations, Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerabilily Information (CVI)—Department of Homeland Security, Blood Borne Pathogens, Emergency Vehicle Driver Operations, PPCT Defensive Tactics Basic Certification, Workplace Violence—FEMA, Active Shooter—FEMA.

Students receive specialized training in:
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism Awareness and Prevention, Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training—Pepper Spray, Side Handle Baton, Kubaton


A diploma from an accredited high school, General Education Diploma (GED), or the equivalent is the basic requirement for admission for all programs.

Additional program-specific requirements may apply. Please contact a Career Program Specialist for details.


Financial Aid for students who qualify
While the primary responsibility of paying for an education rests with the student and his or her family, the Educational Funding Department at YTI is dedicated to making the cost of education more affordable for students who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Financial assistance comes from many sources - federal and state governments, private organizations, and YTI. Financial assistance may include scholarships, grants, work-study employment, and loans. Most financial assistance is awarded based on the student's financial need.

All new students are referred to, an informational website that details the key questions to ask when choosing a school and the typical issues surrounding transferability of credit and consumer protection.

Grants & Scholarship Programs
Grant and scholarship funds are gift aid and do not need to be repaid. Grants are typically awarded based on financial need, school costs, and the student's enrollment status. Scholarships are generally awarded based on merit. Click here to access web links, special search tips and valuable information on general and program-specific scholarships which may be available to you.

Federal Pell Grants
Grant amounts are determined by the federal government based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant
Available only for students in 21 month programs and PA residents. Grant amounts are determined by the state of PA based on financial need. Separate forms are required to be submitted to PHEAA in accordance with PHEAA State Grant deadlines.

The Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP) provides need-based awards to students pursuing an eligible course of study at an approved school. The program benefits Pennsylvania students enrolled in courses of study in the energy, advanced materials and diversified manufacturing, and agriculture and food production fields.

Visit PHEAA website for more information on PA-TIP
Download PA-TIP Applications for YTI Programs
Loan Programs
Federal loan funds must be repaid. If eligible, both the student and parent can borrow loan funds. While some loans are need-based, others are not, and can be awarded to otherwise eligible borrowers regardless of income.

Federal Direct Student Loans
YTI Career Institute participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are based on financial need as well as annual and aggregate loan limits. Interest on this loan does not accrue during eligible periods of enrollment. The interest rate is fixed at 4.53%, effective July 1, 2019. Repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student is no longer enrolled at least half time.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are based on annual and aggregate loan limits and are not need-based. Interest on this loan begins to accrue upon the first disbursement. The interest rate is 4.53%, effective July 1, 2019. Principal repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student is no longer enrolled at least half time.

Federal Direct PLUS loan
If you are the parent of a dependent student, you may be eligible to borrow under the Federal Direct PLUS loan program. The interest rate is 7.08%, effective July 1, 2019. To receive a PLUS loan, your dependent student:

Must have a completed FAFSA on file at YTI Career Institute
Must be enrolled at least half time
Must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
Must meet all other requirements of Title IV aid, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education
The maximum amount that the parent may borrow under the Federal PLUS loan program, is Cost of Attendance minus any other aid (scholarships, grants, loans, waivers, etc.) received by the student.

How to apply for Financial Aid
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Data from the FAFSA is used in a formula established by the U.S. Congress to determine the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and, ultimately, financial need.

Based on EFC, YTI creates a financial aid package to assist students in meeting the cost of their education.

Application Tips:

Watch 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
Complete, sign, and return applications and paperwork in a timely manner.
Gather applicable tax returns and other income documents before beginning the application process.
Contact YTI's Educational Funding Specialists for guidance in completing all financial aid applications and paperwork.
Additional Information How to get a copy of your tax return
Veterans Affairs Web Site Learn about the educational benefits provided by The Department of Veterans Affairs
Student Aid on the Web Find information from the U.S. Department of Education on Federal Student Aid
Information on Grants
Information on Student Loans
Information on Funding Your Education
FSA USER ID Apply for an FSA User ID to access Federal Student Aid records online and to apply for aid electronically
FAFSA on the Web Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. YTI school codes are as follows:
Altoona Campus - 030819
Lancaster and York Campuses - 014765 Get info from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans
Direct Loan Servicers Listing Get the information you need as a Direct Loan Borrower Find helpful information from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

» View IRS Flyer: "Students and parents - Why Form 1098-T is important to you?" (PDF)
» View YTI Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals (PDF)
» View YTI Code of Conduct Student Lending (PDF)
» College Navigator – NCES Data for YTI
» Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Financial Aid Links
Financial Aid Overview
FAFSA Friday
Net Price Calculators
Student Loan Default
PA-TIP Applications
General Scholarship Info
YTI Scholarships


While YTI Career Institute does not provide on campus student housing, Student Services is here to assist students in finding housing by collecting data on independent opportunities, preparing monthly lists and providing other useful information. While we cannot provide legal interpretation or advice, we can help you with understanding lease terminology and discuss ways to resolve housing and roommate issues. Off- campus residences are designated as “independent student housing.” This designation means that YTI does not approve or recommend these residences. The Student Services Department serves as a referral agency only.

Housing Documents
Take Along Apartment Grid (PDF)
Room Condition Inventory List (PDF)
Home Budget Worksheet (XLS)
YTI Career Institute does not endorse any landlord, management company, or individual who lists with the Housing Assistance Program. Instead, we provide a venue for such listings and a location for the YTI community to seek out available independent housing options. Neither YTI nor Student Services guarantees in any manner the service or quality of service offered by listed landlords, management companies, or individuals.

For further assistance, please contact the Student Services Department.

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