Unemployed or underemployed adults seeking a certificate or degree in a high demand career may be eligible for help with college expenses under the Opportunity Grant Program. The grant provides individualized support services, along with funding for tuition and fees, books, and/or tools for up to 45 credits.
Eligible students must be Washington State residents, meet income eligibility requirements, and enroll in one of the approved high demand career pathways (see lowercolumbia.edu/opportunity for complete list). Applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) to determine income eligibility but do not need to be awarded financial aid to qualify. For example, students who do not qualify for traditional financial aid for reasons such as default on a previous loan, cancellation of financial aid, or failure to register for Selective Service may qualify for an Opportunity Grant.
Students interested in applying to the program should attend an Opportunity Grant Information Session at the Career and Employment Center. Individualized support services offered through this program include assistance with education planning, financial aid, campus and community resources, and skill building.
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