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Tuition Assistance

Our tuition assistance program provides funding to eligible applicants enrolling in an approved certificate program in occupations including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and transportation. The tuition assistance program enables individuals to gain the necessary skills to obtain a job in an in-demand field!

What Makes this Unique?

Non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, but this program bridges the funding gap for those students pursuing short-term certificates.

What is Covered?

Assistance with your direct training costs including tuition, books, required fees, and equipment for approved classes. If the class you are looking for isn't listed here, contact us for more information.


  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Medication Aide
  • Advanced Nurse Aide
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)


  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
  • Utility Fundamentals
  • Electrical Specialist Certificate
  • Utility Technician Program
  • Career Pipe Welding
  • MIG (Wire) Welding
  • MIG & TIG Combination Welding Certificate
  • Welding for Maintenance and Repair
  • Production Welding Certificate


  • Professional Driver Prep Program
  • Class A CDL Plus
  • Class B Driver Training
  • Professional Driver Prep

Bio/Life Sciences

  • Commercial Applicator
  • 30 Hour Basic Water Systems
  • 30 Hour Wastewater Treatment
  • 30 Hour Distribution Treatment

Click here for a complete list of upcoming classes!

Are You Eligible?

The tuition assistance program is based on financial need. Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income, which cannot be over 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone DOES NOT guarantee funding from our tuition assistance program. In addition to meeting the financial criteria, applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to achieve the program outcomes:

  • Ability to complete the certificate and earn the credential.
  • Ability to enter full-time employment.
  • Ability to retain full-time employment over time.

A variety of factors are considered when determining the likelihood of completion, including potential barriers to success, soft skills, and employability.

You must have a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered for funding.

You also must be an Iowa resident and eligible to work in the United States.

Application Process

  1. Apply with this form
  2. Complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or an approved alternative assessment
  3. Provide proof of gross family income for the last 3 months prior to the date of application
  4. Interview with Pathway Navigator
  5. Additional requirements depend on the program of study

* 250% of the federal poverty level is subject to change.

For more information on how you can get assistance for your training and education, contact: Ashley Patlan at 641-844-5629. At Ellsworth, contact Jessica Lara at 641-648-8580.