Financial Assistance Links
Financial Aid for WIOA/TAA Training
Job seekers who are out of work, and who need training to change career paths or improve their job skills, may be eligible for financial assistance through two federal programs - the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The goal of these programs is to help the unemployed find a new position in a field that offers promising career opportunities. Your local workforce development office can help you learn if you are eligible for financial assistance under either of these two programs.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Training
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was established in 2014 and created "one stop" workforce centers in each state that bring a full range of job seeker assistance services together under one roof. For job seekers who qualify, financial assistance can be used to enroll in training and/or classes delivered through an approved provider (typically a college or a training school), and pay for course fees, books, and other materials.
If you are interested in attending classes or training using this financial aid, you must contact the workforce development office in your area to determine your eligibility and begin the process of applying for a training account.
Trade Adjustment Assistance Training
The TAA program assists workers who have become unemployed as a result of increased imports from, or shifts in production to, foreign countries. The goal of the program is to help these workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible; some of these workers might qualify for financial assistance to help in any career training that is needed.
To be eligible for financial assistance for training through TAA, you must contact your local workforce office to see if a petition has been filed on behalf of the company/workers who are affected by foreign trade.
Financial aid for WIOA/TAA-approved training programs is also available from other sources. Pell Grants, work study, veterans programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, vocational rehabilitation, and other local programs can provide assistance to eligible individuals. Counselors at your local workforce office can help you apply for any programs for which you are eligible.
WIOA Eligible Training Provider List - Click on your state to locate eligible training providers and the programs they offer.
Pell Grant- A federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Eligibility is based on financial need. The maximum amount awarded in a Pell Grant for the 2019-2020 school year is $6,195.
Federal Work Study Program - The Federal Work Study program assists students with the cost of education/training by providing part-time employment opportunities. The program is based on financial need.
Financial Aid for Veterans - The Department of Labor sponsors the Key to Career Success campaign to help connect veterans and transitioning service members with training resources and assistance.
Vocational Rehabilitation - Your state's Vocational Rehabilitation agency coordinates and provides counseling, evaluation, and job placement assistance services for people with disabilities.
Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration - The ETA website provides information on a wide range of training programs available to eligible job seekers.
General Financial Aid Links
The Department of Education administers several major student aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, to help millions of students pay for the costs of college. If you're exploring options for paying for college, visit Types of Financial Aid. You'll learn about the various kinds of financial aid (loans, grants, and work-study), how to apply, common myths, and more.
U.S. Department of Education - Student Financial Assistance Home Page
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $150 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance to nearly 14 million postsecondary students and their families. Here you'll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school. The site also contains a Financial Aid Resource Publication.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
For students planning to attend college, the FAFSA is their starting point to apply for many student financial aid programs. Many schools also use the FAFSA as part of their application process for non-federal aid.
Direct Loan Program
Find out about applying for Direct Loans, learn about your options for repayment, use the interactive calculators, download Direct Loan deferment and forbearance forms, get information about Direct Consolidation Loans, and use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
Benefits.gov provides easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides information on the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.
Sallie Mae - Education Finance Planning Calculators
Sallie Mae's college planning calculators can help you with your specific questions about education finance. Types of calculators include long-term planning, college cost, future savings, and monthly savings.
Mapping Your Future.com
This site is a free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Mapping Your Future helps you explore careers, prepare for college (help with selecting a school and applying for admission), pay for college (financial aid) and manage your money (student loans and more).
FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
FinAid! provides information about scholarships, loans, military, and other types of financial aid. The site also provides dozens of tools for calculating college costs, loan payments, savings, and expected family contributions.
Fastweb is a website that matches the information in a user's profile to scholarships in their database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion. Whether you're a high school freshmen or a returning adult, the site has scholarships and information to help you find ways to pay for school. Besides providing you with scholarships you actually qualify for, and eliminating the need to scour the Web, the site also provides advice on financial aid, college admissions, student life and tools such as financial aid calculators, discussion boards, and checklists.
A college education is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. CollegeBoard can help you figure out what college really costs, and what you can afford. Our expert advice, information, and interactive tools will help you navigate the financial aid maze and figure out how to pay the bill.
CollegeNet Scholarship Search
The CollegeNet database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion.
Career OneStop Financial Aid Center
Find information on how to get money to continue your lifelong learning and pay for the training to advance in your career.