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Qualifying Training and Expenses

The grants given by TRVFA are intended to help someone earn a certification in a vocational field. Examples of such training include the following: a nursing certificate, training in auto mechanics, body repair, construction technology, welding, cosmetology, an EMT course, computer/electronics technician, medical aide, gunsmith, educational aide, police/fire science, and other similar fields.

“See our current preferred fields of training under “Preferred Programs.”

We cannot fund study at either a four-year school or a community college if the latter is done for credit toward a four-year degree. We also cannot fund study that does not apply directly to job/vocational skills. The operative term here is “vocational,” not “professional.” We cannot fund someone who already has a college degree.

Grant money can be awarded even if the applicant is receiving other financial aid as long as his or her training expenses are not fully covered by the other funds. The applicant can use a TRFVA grant for tuition, books, fees, tools, uniforms, or other items required to get his or her certification. Funds CANNOT be used to pay for transportation costs, rent, utilities, food or other miscellaneous living expenses while attending the vocational training.

The amount of the grant cannot exceed the actual costs of the vocational training. For example, if a maximum grant is $3,000 and the total cost of tuition, books, fees and other eligible expenses is $1,500, an applicant could apply for that amount. If the costs exceed $3,000, the grant will be limited to $3,000. If the amount of the grant (for some reason) exceeds the applicant’s covered expenses for one enrollment period, the excess may be used for the next enrollment period’s eligible expenses. If the student does not have a second enrollment period or student loans, the funds must be returned by the institution. Under no circumstance are any remaining funds to be paid to the student.

All grant money will be paid directly to the school or training institution. We cannot make the grant check payable to the recipient directly. Most schools have programs that will receive funds and make them available to the school’s book store or other sources of training materials. The school will be advised that any excess money must be returned to TRVFA.