Financial Assistance

Workforce Training Financial Assistance

Workforce & Continuing Education students take courses that do not offer college credit and are not eligible for federal financial aid.  Several options may help cover the cost of short-term career-focused training.

FastForward Program

FastForward is a short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth.  The program discounts WCE classes by 2/3 for Virginia residents. 

Most credential programs take between six and 12 weeks and are built so students can get their education while they work.

Funding for this program is limited and may not be available at all times.


Workforce Training Aid

Blue Ridge Community College now has funding to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in certain noncredit programs leading to industry-recognized credentials.  Awards are based on financial need and other factors.

Workforce Aid

Healthcare Training

Financial assistance may be available for eligible individuals interested in healthcare training. Contact Salome Baugher, College & Career Navigator at (540) 453-2317 or for more information.

Noncredit Student Loans

Several lenders offer loan options to noncredit students.

Alternative Loans

Valley Workforce Centers

Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA)

Valley Workforce Centers in Staunton and Harrisonburg offer free services for job seekers and training/education funds for eligible individuals.

Workforce Centers