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Workforce Training: Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Post-Secondary education and training can be expensive. It is very important to plan how you will pay for your education and training before you begin your training program. Credit programs at community colleges and trade schools are typically eligible for Federal Student Aid. A great place to receive help applying for Financial Aid at any college or university is through the College Board ®

Important note: Grants, scholarships, and work study are forms of financial aid that do not have to be paid back. Loans must be paid back.

Applying for Financial Aid

Step 1. Gather needed documents: Use PHEAA's FAFSA Checklist to get started.

Step 2. Fill out the FAFSA: Use PHEAA's FAFSA Tipsheet to help.

Step 3. Research grants and scholarships that may apply to your program of study.

For information on funding your experience at CCAC visit the college's extensive page for information on our Financial Aid Offices, Scholarships, Veterans Assistance, Grants, and Specialized Programs for Students.

Types of Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid includes traditional sources such as the Pell Grant, Work Study, and Direct Loans. But there are also other types of Federal Aid that you may be eligible for such as: aid for serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran, education training vouchers for current and former foster care youth, tax benefits for education, and scholarships and loan repayment programs through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Pennsylvania Student Aid

Pennsylvania state grants are based on financial need. Learn what you need to do to apply for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Aid from Your College or Career School

Many schools offer financial aid from their own funds. Some schools such as the Bidwell Training Center offer full scholarships to all students admitted to their programs.  Many community colleges such as CCAC offer scholarships and special programs that can assist with tuition, fees, and books.

Featured Scholarships and Grants

These scholarships and grants may allow you to complete your training for free or at a reduced cost if you qualify.  Please follow the links to learn more. 


Aid from a Non-Profit or Private Corporation

Many non-profits and private corporations offer grants and scholarships for their employees, children and spouses of their employees, and members of their communities. This funding can make a large difference in how you pay for your education. Ask your employer about tuition assistance today!