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Financial Aid Options for Workforce Programs

Financial aid options vary depending on the program.
See below for a list of options and to find out if you qualify:

Apprenticeships provide individuals with job opportunities along with related classroom instruction paid for by the employer. Visit Individuals: Apprenticeship Benefits – OTC Center for Workforce Development for more information.

A number of employers provide either tuition assistance or course reimbursement. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources department for more information about your company’s or organization’s reimbursement policy.

The Job Corps Scholars grant helps qualifying students between the ages of 16 and 24 with free tuition for eligible program areas. For more information, visit Job Corps Scholars Grant – Job Corps (

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals for over 635 eligible program areas. For a list of those eligible programs and to see if you qualify, visit Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant – Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant (

Looking to upskill or launch a new career? As a military spouse of an active-duty service member, you may be eligible to receive $4,000 through the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship to pursue training and professional certifications that will provide you with in-demand skills and knowledge to help you stand out to potential employers. Learn more about the MyCAA Scholarship here.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities that may be available to help you cover a portion, or all of the cost of your training program. To learn more about these opportunities please visit Scholarships (

SkillUP Missouri offers free college tuition and support services (if needed) to individuals receiving Food Stamp benefits. To learn more, visit SkillUP Missouri Program – OTC Center for Workforce Development

VA/GI Benefits can be used for the following Workforce programs:

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For more information, visit: Tuition Assistance – OTC Veteran and Military Services

Training assistance may be available to those who are unemployed or underemployed, seeking employment in high-growth occupations or seeking employment in high-demand occupations.

Assistance is also available for eligible individuals to complete formal educational programs. Examples of formal educational programs include:  basic math and reading, GED or high school equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language, training for industry-recognized credentials, or an associate or bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about these options, visit your local Job Center.

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