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Funding your medical assistant training and education does NOT ALWAYS mean money out of your own pocket!

Those seeking financial aid should start their scholarship hunt by identifying what type of vocational development program they need and then calling institutions to ask about which financial aid options they offer. Workers eying regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges can apply for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, student loans and work-study arrangements by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Not only that, those who know where to look can get their medical assistant training completely free.

Free Vocational Training and College Programs

You want to become a medical assistant but you realize it takes money, however it doesn't necessarily mean YOUR money out of your own pocket. Free vocational training and college programs in medical assisting and healthcare for adult learners who are low-income, displaced, or re-entering the workforce are readily available in many locations.

New Laws Provide Help to Victims of Mass Layoffs, Who Are Low-Income, or Displaced: 

Hundreds of community colleges, trade and technical schools are funded by various grants from the US Department of Education to deliver completely free vocational education programs to those who qualify. Others have partnered with the Military, National Guard, and Reserve to provide free vocational training to soldiers on active duty status. National service programs as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and Teach for America provide willing workers with free on-the-job training.

For example, if you live in New York and are in need of developing new job skills to find employment, advance in your current job, or acquire completely new skills to make a career change there are numerous programs that offer free job training.

  • Residents of either the city of Minneapolis, or Saint Paul have The Power of YOU program. The program covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years or up to 72 credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), or Saint Paul College through state and federal grants and private scholarships.
  • The University of Virginia is one of a growing number of institutions offering some form of free tuition in an effort to attract talented low-income students.
  • The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, Miami University in Ohio, University of Pennsylvania and Rice University have all eliminated loans from the financial aid packages of low-income students.
  • While Harvard, Yale and Stanford universities may still require student loans to cover tuition, Princeton University offers loan-free packages to all students who qualify for financial aid, and have eliminated the parental contribution for low-income students.
  • Roca Youth Star in Massachusetts supports alternatives to violence, health education, connection to resources, and volunteer opportunities to create positive civic participation to very high risk young adults, to name just a few.
  • A 730-hour evening Certified Medical Assistant program and a 395-hour evening Certified Administrative Health Assistant Program is now available at the Oswego County BOCES Adult Education Department, for adult learners who have been displaced, are considering a career change, interested in re-entering the workforce, or are looking to increase their employability.

And there always is Job Corps, a completely free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.





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