- GAP Tuition Assistance
- Application Process
- Success Stories
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
Gap Tuition Assistance provides funding to eligible applicants enrolling in a GAP approved certificate program including information technology, health care, manufacturing, and transportation. GAP Tuition Assistance enables individuals to gain the necessary skills to obtain a job in an in-demand field.
What is unique about GAP?
Non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, this program bridges the funding gap for those students pursuing short-term certificates.
What is covered by GAP?
GAP Tuition Assistance covers direct training costs, including tuition, books, testing fees and equipment for GAP approved classes:
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
- Certified Nurse Aide
- Certified Medication Aide
- Emergency Medical Responder
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Basic Workplace Computing Certificate
- Industrial Welding Certificate
- Class A Commercial Driver's License Training
Through the Pathways for Academic Career Employment (PACE) program, a pathway navigator assists students in identifying potential barriers to success and connecting students to appropriate resources to diminish obstacles and increase success throughout students' training. PACE can provide assistance in the following areas: career support, financial support, educational support, and personal support.
The GAP Tuition Assistance Program is based on financial need. Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income which cannot be over the 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see chart). However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone DOES NOT guarantee funding. A variety of factors are considered when determining likelihood of completion including potential barriers to success, soft skills, and employability.
|Household Size||Annual Income|
|1||$30,150 or less|
|2||$40,600 or less|
|3||$51,050 or less|
|4||$61,500 or less|
|5||$71,950 or less|
|6||$82,400 or less|
|7||$92,850 or less|
|8||$103,300 or less|
- Apply online here.
- Complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Register by calling 641.782.2119.
- Complete interview with Jolene Frost, SWCC Pathway Navigator. To schedule interview, call 641.782.1417. Proof of gross family income will be needed at time of interview.
After I found myself unemployed, I realized I had no skills to help me acquire a job and get
me out of debt. I was introduced to SWCC's pathway navigator, who sat with me to learn not only where I wanted to go, but also who I was and where I came from. Using her knowledge and resources, she informed me of GAP tuition assistance. Being approved for assistance was the best news I had gotten in months!
I'm currently with a trucking company that allows me to be home every night and spend time with my kids and I'm making more than twice the pay I did with my last job!
If you're a veteran, I encourage you to seriously look into SWCC's programs. Meet with a navigator and find out where your options can lead you! –
Do you receive food assistance?
If you receive food assistance you may qualify to participate in free training. The program was developed to help you learn skills for in-demand jobs that pay a higher wage.
Southwestern Community College is an equal opportunity provider. Please visit the USDA site for complete information or to file a complaint.