Third Party Programs
Third Party sponsors are other outside sources of financial assistance that are available to our students. Those who meet all eligibility requirements should apply early.
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) offers payment of tuition and other services to students who have a disability. The Vocational Rehabilitation Division must approve the vocational objectives selected by the student before funds are awarded. Interested applicants should contact their nearest office.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The purpose of WIA is to provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention and earnings of participants. WIA programs are intended to increase occupational skills attainment by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation. WIA authorizes several job training programs including Adult Employment and Training Activities, Youth Activities, and Job Corps. Students interested in applying for WIA should contact their local WorkFORCE center.
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA)
VIDA is a workforce development program designed to respond to the job training needs of the Rio Grande Valley's Empowerment Zones. Participants of the program will be recruited and trained to qualify for higher paying jobs available in the Valley. Long-term training (1-2 years) will be limited to targeted occupations with identified job openings. Customized training (less than 1 year) will be made available through a contractual partnering between VIDA, Industry and local community colleges. Applications are available at VIDA satellite offices. Students interested in applying for VIDA should contact VIDA.
The AmeriCorps program provides full-time educational awards in return for work in community service. You can work before, during, or after your post secondary education, and you can use the funds either to pay current educational expenses or to repay federal student loans. For more information on this program, please visit the Americorps website, call 1-800-972-2677 or write to:
The Corporation for National Community Service
1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20525