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GAP Tuition Assistance

 What is GAP Tuition Assistance?

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

What is unique about GAP Tuition Assistance?

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 by GAP?

Assistance with your direct training costs including tuition, books, required fees, and equipment for GAP-approved classes:


  • Basic Electrical Certification
  • Career Pipe Welding
  • Welding for Maintenance and Repair
  • MIG (wire) Welding

Health Occupations

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Advanced Nurse Aide
  • Medication Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Restorative Aide


  • Class A CDL Professional Driver Preparation

Are you eligible?

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% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone DOES NOT guarantee to fund from the GAP 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 online
  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 date of application
  4. Interview with Pathway Navigator
  5. Additional requirements depending on the program of study

* 250% of federal poverty level subject to change. For more information on how you can get assistance for your training and education, contact: Ashley Patlan at 641-844-5629.  Please click above to hear more about the GAP/PACE program from a pre-recorded National Public Radio (NPR) program.

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