Support and Financial Assistance
Many adult learners qualify for funding to help with some or all of the tuition cost for training. Career centers work with VSAC, Vermont Department of Labor, VocRehab Vermont, and Vermont Adult Basic Education.
VSAC has outreach counselors in every region in Vermont ready to help students learn about grant opportunities.
Almost all classes listed here qualify for the Advancement Grant available through VSAC. This need-based scholarship currently (2022) has a $3000 cap, a class must lead to career advancement or further training, and there is a lifetime limit of 6 grants.
Vermont Adult CTE grant has a cap of $1000 but can be used in addition to other financial aid and open to Vermont residents regardless of financial need determination. Apply through the VSAC counselor for your region.
Curtis Credential of Value (COV) Training Scholarship has as cap of $1500 and can be used in addition to other financial aid and open to people living in Vermont. The VSAC counselor in your region can explain the nomination process.
Vermont Works for Women supports women and gender nonconforming individuals with career exploration, development and advancement, including searching, applying for and interviewing for jobs, transitioning between fields, managing personal finances, and more!
Vermont Works for Women can also connect you with a volunteer career mentor. Any woman or gender nonconforming individual can request to meet with a career mentor to get help with finding a new job or learning about a new career.
The Vermont Department of Labor is ready to help unemployed, underemployed, and displaced workers find and fund training opportunities.
HireAbility Vermont provides services to help Vermont's dealing with a disability that affects employment. They may also provide financial and academic support for adult technical training.
Vermont Adult Basic Education assists adult learners, age 16 and older, to acquire the reading, writing, math, and computer skills to earn their high school diploma or GED. They also teach English Language Learners the skills needed to advance educationally or in the workplace.