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DWD > Grants & Credits > Workforce Acceleration Grant Workforce Acceleration Grant

The Workforce Acceleration Grant is designed to help Hoosiers pay for education and training to prepare for 21st Century jobs. The program provides eligible Hoosiers with up to $3,000 per academic year to help cover tuition, fees and book costs for an associate’s degree or a vocational certification at more than 50 colleges and universities across the state.

Eligibility (Click Here)

Workers at least 18 years old, who have the legal right to work in the U.S., and are pursuing an Associate Degree or post-secondary certificate that leads to a high wage or high-demand occupation. In addition, workers must fall into one of the two groups:

Low-Income participant:

  • Family receives federal, state, or local public assistance (TANF, SNAP, etc); or
  • Total family income at or below federal poverty level ($23,239 for family of four); or
  • 70% of lower living-standard income level (based upon previous six months income)

Unemployed Worker:

  • Unlikely to return to previous occupation/career field; AND
  • Falls into ONE of the following categories
    • Unemployed through no fault of their own
    • Received notice of impending layoff;
    • Spouse of dislocated worker (earning less than 50% of family income);
    • Self-employed, but business closed as a result of economic conditions.

Cost Covered by the Grant (Click Here)

Up to $3,000 per year of your families expected contribution, tuition costs, books and fees.

  $4,000   Tuition  
  -$1,000   Pell Grant  
  -$1,000   SSACI grant-in-aid  
  -$500   Expected Family Contribution  
  $1,500   Remaining Tuition Costs  
  $???   Books and Fees  

Programs of Study Covered by the Workforce Acceleration Grant (Click Here)

Participants in the Workforce Acceleration Grants can pursue areas of study that provide specific career/vocational training leading toward an Associates Degree or certificate program. General Studies and Liberal Arts programs are not covered. The staff at your WorkOne Center can provide more information about approved areas of training.

Enrollment (Click Here)

  1. Visit your local WorkOne Center to pick up an application, please bring the following information:
    1. Valid Identification – State ID card, Drivers License, etc.
    2. Social Security Card or Birth certificate
    3. Proof of Income – Pay stubs, Family or Business Financial Records, Public Assistance Records, Unemployment Insurance Documents, etc.
  2. Take application to college financial aid office
  3. Return completed application to WorkOne Center

Enrollment Deadline (Click Here)

There is no deadline to enroll in this program, however funding is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis.

Eligible Schools (Click Here)

Ancilla College
Anderson University 
Art Institute of Indianapolis
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (ATA)
Ball State University - Muncie
Brown Mackie College (All Indiana Locations)
Calumet College of Saint Joseph's
Goshen College
Grace College
Harrison College (All Locations)
Holy Cross College
Indiana Institute of Technology
Indiana State University
Indiana University - Kokomo
Indiana University - South Bend
Indiana University East - Richmond
Indiana University Northwest – Gary
Indiana University Southeast – New Albany
Indiana Wesleyan University
International Business College -Ft Wayne
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Wayne
ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis
ITT Technical Institute - Newburgh
ITT Technical Institute - South Bend
IUPU - Columbus
IUPU - Indianapolis
Ivy Tech Community College
Kaplan College - Hammond
Kaplan College - Merrillville
Lincoln Technical Institute-Indianapolis
Marian University
Martin University
MedTech College – Ft. Wayne
MedTech College - Greenwood
MedTech College - Indianapolis
Oakland City University
Purdue University (All Locations)
Taylor University - Upland
Trine University
University of Evansville
University of Indianapolis
University of Saint Francis
University of Southern Indiana
Vincennes University

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