MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

financial assistance

The majority of students who come to TCI to take one or more of our job training programs pay the full fees themselves. There are options, however, for students who are unable to afford the fees on their own. Financial aid, GI Bill ® funding and scholarships opportunities are available to students who meet the requirements. Our staff can assist you with filling out applications for GI Bill ® or government-sponsored programs and describe payment plans and other financial assistance programs that may be available to you. At this time TCI students are not eligible for financial aid based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid),

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we have lots of ways to help fund your training program

GI Bill ® Funding

Veterans and transitioning military members interested in building a career in one of our many job training programs after their service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill ® benefits to pay for training and certification. Since October 2011, the benefits can be used to pay for training via non-college degree training programs, as well as graduate and undergraduate degree programs. A veteran's best source of information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill ® is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov.

Interfaith Community Services

Having a good, stable job is the key to building an independent, stable life. Interfaith gives people a “hand up,” not a hand out, so they can get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. The vocational-focused Recently Separated Veterans Program provides job training, support services, skills upgrade and re-certification, counseling and job placement assistance to veterans who have been separated from the service within the last 48 months. The objective of this program is to help the veteran achieve and maintain employment that provides a livable wage and potential for career advancement. Call (760) 489.6380 x 254 for information.

Payment Plans

We understand that it is sometimes difficult to come up with the full cost for a particular course or series of courses. That is why we offer the option for potential students to pay for classes and programs using a payment plan. Our payment plan offers you the opportunity to reserve your seat in a program without having to pay for the full amount prior to the start of that program. Partial payments that help you budget your expenses can be just the solution you need. Contact 760.795.6820 to find out about our no-application payment plan.

WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

WIOA is a Federally Program which provides funds to the local CalJob Career Centers (one stops) for qualifying individuals through Individual Training Accounts (ITA). ITAs can be used to fund the related classroom instruction component of a job training program, as well as fees, books, equipment, and other training-related costs. It is important to start the paperwork as soon as possible for any of our training programs to see if you qualify. Contact the North County Career Center by going to their website at: http://www.northcountycareercenters.com

MyCAA Funding

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields. Spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2, as well as the spouses of activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks. Spouses of Guard and Reserve members must be able to start and complete their courses while their sponsor is on Title 10 orders. Information and applications are available at: https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa

Active Duty Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility. Currently our programs are ONLY approved for TA funding through the US Navy. Information on applying for TA funding can be found at the following website: http://www.navycollege.navy.mil

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Funding

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) GI Bill ® offered up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill ® benefits for older unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60. This program was created as a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and ended in April of 2014.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs are state run, federally funded programs that offer a way for people with mental and physical disabilities to get the help they need to become more independent and to go back to work. The VR can provide funds for qualified individuals to attend job training programs, like the ones offered at TCI. To apply for VR services call (916)558-5320 or go to: http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov

Scholarships

We have limited scholarships available to offer assistance for our Machinist program and our Security Program. Call to see if you qualify: 760.795.6822

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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