Are Industry-based certifications more than you can afford?

Industry-recognized credentials are essential for Virginia’s workforce and economy.   Understanding this, Virginia has established two financial assistance programs for Virginia residents who are pursuing training in high-demand fields that lead to an industry-based certification of licensure.

Use the links above to learn about these financial assistance programs.
Financial Assistance Programs


Workforce Credentials Grant

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  • If you meet the Virginia Residency Requirements, this grant is available to you for any qualified program.

How it works: 

  1. You pay the first 1/3 of the class tuition when you register.
  2. The Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 when you complete the class.
  3. The final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia when you earn a high-demand industry credential.









Financial Aid for Non-credit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC)

Up to 90% of the program tuition may be covered by FANTIC.

Income Guidelines to determine an applicant’s eligibility for FANTIC:

Family Type
Maximum Income Allowed
1 person $25,520
2 people $34,480
3 people $43,440
4 people $52,400
5 people $61,360
6 people $70,320

An applicant’s income must not exceed the above maximum income allowed as determined by HUD Guidelines for Virginia.  (HUD Guidelines are subject to periodic change.)