If you’re interested in continuing your education but are discouraged at the prospect of having to repay student loans, federal funding could be the perfect solution for you.
Every year the government issues grants to deserving students to help fund their education and training. Contrary to popular belief, these funds can be used in various programs that include certification programs.
Unlike loans, federal grants do not have to be repaid as long as the requirements to receive the grant are met! Also, unlike many scholarships that only offer a payout to one student, federal grant funding is available for all eligible students.
The federal government provides grants for various workforce programs and apprenticeships. Industries such as healthcare and information technology are in high demand and have many certifications available that qualify for federal funding.
The following list contains funding resources that can be applied to certification programs.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was established to help Americans find quality jobs and careers.
Every US state and territory has a four year WIOA plan with six core programs available known as the Unified State Plan. In addition, the Combined State Plan offers information about partner programs.
State WIOA plans at a glance:
Six core programs: Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, Wagner-Peyser Act program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
You can find grants for technical education programs.
Grants available for veterans.
Unemployment insurance programs.
Community Services Block Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor is dedicated to providing funding opportunities for secondary education and apprenticeships. The average annual salary for individuals that complete an apprenticeship is $70,000.
Apprenticeships at a glance:
Many apprenticeships are paid jobs.
Earn specific industry credentials.
Avoid student debt.
The Career One Stop website can help you find federal, state, and local opportunities for funding. By using the search feature, you will find a plethora of links for various grant opportunities.
Career One Stop at a glance:
You can find financial aid to help with training and certification expenses.
The “keyword” feature allows you to quickly find the specific type of funding you’re interested in.
The filter feature allows you to narrow down your search by location, award types and level of study.
Begin your journey by researching the various opportunities listed above. When receiving grant or scholarship money, make sure you know all the requirements for receiving the money. Some funding can come with penalties for not fulfilling all of the requirements.
For additional assistance and information, contact a workforce case manager or reach out to your local American Job Center. Professionals from the local offices can help you decide on a successful career path to a job you’ll love and might know about local opportunities not on the site.