Help With Paying for College

Financial help is available for the skills training you need to be successful, from federal and state assistance to academic and need-based scholarships. Parkland College can work with you to create a personalized plan that puts you on the path to affording college.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability of many students to pay for schooling. Through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), higher education institutions can provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the novel coronavirus. Eligibility guidelines will apply.

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Grants and Financial Aid


Grants are often called "gift aid" because they are free money—financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. Grants awarded through Parkland College are a form of need-based aid from both federal and state sources.   

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Parkland College and the Parkland College Foundation, along with private donors, offer a variety of scholarships to students. During the 2019-2020 school year, our students received over $462,000 in scholarships!

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Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)


This state-funded program provides short-term (one year or less) training—tuition-free—that leads you to employment in industry-demand fields with life-supporting wages. Besides tuition and fee waivers to take your classes, you may also receive assistance in the form of a stipend. A high school credential is not required to be a part of the program.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)


WIOA programs help eligible veterans, low-income adults, basic skills-deficient adults, dislocated workers, and youth regain employment through a variety of services. WIOA provides services in two categories: Career Services and Training Services.


Now's the time to get started on your career journey!

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