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New Economy Workforce Credential Grant

NOTE: This page is for students seeking information on this grant. Institutions seeking information regarding the administration of the grant, should visit the grant webpage. 

General Description and Purpose

The Workforce Credential Grant is designed to provide low-cost opportunities for students to receive training in a high demand field and receive an industry-based certification or state licensure.  The program was initiated in 2016 by the General Assembly. Students pay only 1/3 of the cost of the program upon enrollment. Students must complete the training program in order to avoid paying an additional 1/3 of the cost. 

Participating Institutions

Virginia community colleges across the state and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center offer the program through their workforce development offices.  Some additional higher education centers may offer programs at a later time.

For more information on these programs, please visit the workforce credential page of the Elevate Virginia website:

Eligibility and Application

In order for a student to be eligible for an award, a student must meet the requirements for domicile (in-state residency) in Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia § 23.1-502. More information on Virginia domicile, please refer to in-state residency page on our website. 

The application process is managed by the participating institutions. Please contact your local community college for more information on how to apply and who to contact or visit the VCCS website

For more information on existing programs, please contact your local community college or visit the Virginia Community College website.

Workforce Credential Grant Fact Sheet

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