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Continuing Education

Continuing Education Workforce Training Financial Assistance Information

Unlike students pursuing college degrees and diplomas, Continuing Education workforce students take courses that do not offer college credit, and are not eligible for federal financial aid.  However, several options do exist to help cover the cost of short-term career-focused training.  Among them:

Virginia Community College System Noncredit Financial Aid

Blue Ridge Community College has funding to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in certain noncredit programs leading to industry-recognized credentials.  Awards are based on financial need, with eligible annual household incomes ranging from below $23,540 for one person, up to $81,780 for a family of eight.  BRCC will award available funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minimum requirements for financial assistance

  • US citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Minimum 18 years of age; OR completed high school graduation requirements.
  • Virginia resident for at least one full year prior to enrollment.

Other factors will also be used to determine eligibility.

Sallie Mae Student Loans

You will need the following information (for yourself AND your cosigner, if applicable) when you apply for a loan:

  • Permanent address and current address, if applicable; along with previous address information if you've lived at your permanent address less than one year.
  • Social Security numbers for student and cosigner, if applicable.
  • School information (Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA/School Code 006819-98), GPA and academic period of enrollment (dates the class is running. For example: Sept 24, 2015-Jan 16, 2016).
  • Loan amount requested, as well as other financial aid you expect to receive.
  • Employment information.
  • Financial information, including monthly mortgage or rent payments.
  • Name and contact information for two personal contacts (not required for cosigners).

After you complete your application, Sallie Mae will send an email to you stating that your portion of the loan application is finished and it is now working with BRCC to finalize your loan application.  At this time, you must contact BRCC Continuing Education to confirm the loan finalization and register for your class(es).  Your registration and loan will not be finalized until this step is complete.  After everything has been finalized, Sallie Mae will send approved funds directly to Blue Ridge Community College on the date you requested on your loan application.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sallie Mae Loans

Q. What courses/programs are eligible for loans? 
A. Workforce Training

Q. How much may I borrow?
A. $1,000 minimum (can be used for a combination of courses)

Q. What’s the application deadline?
A. Secure your financial aid and register for your class as soon as possible.

Q. Where do I register for my classes?
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)

Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA)

Valley Workforce Centers offer free services for anyone needing assistance with a job search, as well as training and education funds for eligible individuals seeking training and employment. Case managers located throughout the Shenandoah Valley implement the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA) for those individuals who are unable to find employment on their own. If you are low-income, underemployed, laid off from your previous employment, or a youth (14-24 years old) with a barrier to employment, you may be eligible for services to pay for training and education so you can acquire additional skills that lead to employment.

To access WIA services, please follow the steps below:

  • Contact your local Valley Workforce Center (see below).
  • Sign up to attend a WIOA Information Workshop – schedule varies by center, so call to find out when the next workshop will be held.
  • It is helpful to bring the following eligibility documents to the WIOA Information Workshop:
    • Citizenship – birth certificate or driver’s license
    • Income – pay stubs or unemployment records
    • Selective Service – for males born after 1959
    • Employment Status – layoff letter or unemployment documentation
  • Make an appointment at the information workshop to meet with a Case Manager to develop your Individualized Employment Plan.

Valley Workforce Centers


1600 N. Coalter Street, Suite 12
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 887-9895


160 North Mason Street
P. O. Box 869
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-4864

Frequently Asked Questions about WIOA Financial Assistance

Q. What course/program do I have to take to be eligible?
A. WIOA funding can be used for workforce training that leads to a certificate or credential in a career that is in demand in this area.

Q. What’s the application deadline?
A. Since the enrollment process varies in length, we suggest contacting your local Valley Workforce Center as soon as possible.

Q. Where do I register for my class(es)?
A. Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education (540/453-2215)

Q: Do I have to pay back any money I receive?
A: No, this is a federally-funded grant program, not a loan.