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Financial Aid

What We Do

Workforce Solutions helps employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can compete in the global economy.

Workforce Solutions offers financial aid to help individuals get the skills and credentials they need to get a job, keep a job or get a better job, to ensure the employers and job seekers in our region remain competitive.


How We Help

We offer financial aid to customers who need help to:

  • Continue working;

  • Obtain and complete education or training to go to work; and

  • Find or take a job or get a promotion.

Financial assistance may include child care assistance, scholarships for education or training or help with work support to start a job.


How You Qualify

Customers who receive financial assistance must be eligible for Workforce Solutions financial aid.  You must:

  • Be a resident of our region: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller or Wharton counties;
  • Meet eligibility requirements including age, family income level, work status, etc. and provide supporting documents (see Common Documents list below); and
  • Complete our Financial Aid Application and provide documentation for proof of eligibility.

In the event Workforce Solutions has a registry for financial aid, after you complete the financial aid application we will discuss your specific status.


Common Documents

Childcare Assistance

Parents often need childcare to be able to work or go to school. If you need childcare assistance, you will need to submit proof of:

  • Your residency in our 13-county region: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller or Wharton;
  • U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status for each child on whose behalf you request our help with childcare expenses (birth certificate, alien registration card I-551, etc.);
  • Documentation of school attendance status for school age children;
  • Income for the last 13 weeks for all working household members, including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate and schedule of pay;
  • Proof of your current school hours and registration that includes documentation of your degree plan (if pursuing one) and your credit/clock hours, if you are going to school; and
  • Name, address, phone number, city and zip code of the licensed or registered childcare provider in our network that you would like to use.

For more information on how you qualify for childcare assistance, visit https://www.wrksolutions.com/for-individuals/financial-aid/financial-aid-for-child-care.

Training & Education Scholarships

Workforce Solutions scholarships support training for some of the region's high-skill, high-growth occupations.  If you're interested in one of these careers, we may be able to contribute to a financial aid package.  You will need to submit proof of:

  • Your residency in our 13-county region: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller or Wharton;
  • U.S. citizenship or ability to work in the United States;
  • Selective service registration for males born on or after January 1, 1960;
  • Income for the last 26 weeks for all working household members, including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate and schedule of pay;
  • Household income received from other sources such as Child Support, SSI, etc.;
  • Layoff (such as a letter from your employer) and/or unemployment insurance benefit documents;
  • Your current school hours and registration that includes documentation of your degree plan (if pursuing one) and your credit/clock hours if you are going to school.

For more information about Workforce Solutions scholarships and other common financial aid sources, visit https://www.wrksolutions.com/for-individuals/training-and-education-scholarships.

Financial Assistance for Work Support

Workforce Solutions also provides financial assistance to help individuals who are starting a new job or need assistance to keep their job or get a better job. Examples of work support may include assistance such as required clothing, tools or licenses, and transportation to travel to work. If you've been hired, ask a Workforce Solutions counselor about financial assistance to help you start work right away!

To locate the nearest office, visit https://www.wrksolutions.com/find-a-location.

To Apply

If you are ready to apply for financial aid today,  click here to start your application. You will need to follow the prompts in the online database to submit your application. You can review this desk aid for assistance with navigating the online process. 

If you are unable to submit your financial aid application online, contact your local career office to speak with a Workforce Solutions professional for assistance. 

NOTE: If you're interested in one-time or short-term assistance, please visit one of our offices first - there's no need to complete the online application.

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