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Workforce Ready Grant


The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant pays the tuition and mandatory fees for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Indiana Institute of Technology, or other approved providers. The grant is available for two (2) years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. The grant does not cover courses that do not directly apply to the student’s certificate program. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered.


The qualifying high-value certificate programs were selected based on employer demand, wages, job placements and program completion rate. These programs are aligned with Indiana’s highest demand sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Building & Construction
  • Health Sciences
  • IT & Business Services
  • Transportation & Logistics

Institutions of higher education, employers and business interested in serving as a Next Level Jobs training provider can learn how to apply here.


To qualify for the grant, students must:

  • Be an Indiana resident and U.S. citizen or (eligible non-citizen)
  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less than a college degree
  • Enroll in a qualifying program at an eligible training provider
  • File the FAFSA**
  • Enroll full-time (typically four courses) if you are a Dependent Student**
  • Enroll at least half-time (typically two courses) if you are an Independent Student**
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress**
  • Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission

**Credit-Bearing programs only


Federal funding through the CARES Act enables Indiana to temporarily add certificate programs to the Workforce Ready Grant and expand grant eligibility to Hoosiers that meet the following criteria. These certificate programs and criteria will expire December 30, 2020 or earlier:

  • Hoosiers with an Associate or Bachelor's degree (higher level degree holders do not qualify)*
  • Hoosiers that have exhausted their state financial aid eligibility

*Hoosiers who have an existing two- or four-year degree must complete their program by the December 30, 2020 CARES Act deadline to retain grant funding. Any coursework completed after the CARES Act deadline may not be covered. 


  • Visit the Next LevelJobs.org to connect with an eligible training provider
  • Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA (credit-bearing programs)
    • Applicants do not need to meet the April 15th deadline for state financial aid
    • The Workforce Ready Grant is not limited by family income