Anyone here use WIA to help cover tuition?

  1. 0 I'm set to begin LPN school this fall and did receive some financial aid.

    I have a shortage that may be covered by WIA. Just curious to hear from anyone experienced with this program.

    It is quite intense for such a small amount of FA.
  2. Visit  LBS2008 profile page

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  3. Visit  soso profile page
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    I am currently receiving the WIA grant which covers my whole program: tuition, books, supplies, uniforms, and NCLEX fee. I has truly come in handy as I am unemployed and my husband is on workman's comp. The process was very quick and painless. I'm in Texas not Tennessee, but I believe the program and process is the same across the nation.
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    Quote from soso
    I am currently receiving the WIA grant which covers my whole program: tuition, books, supplies, uniforms, and NCLEX fee. I has truly come in handy as I am unemployed and my husband is on workman's comp. The process was very quick and painless. I'm in Texas not Tennessee, but I believe the program and process is the same across the nation.

    Thanks so much! It sounds like a great program, but it came across as the opposite of quick and painless.

    Did you have to test and all of that? They told me to prepare for a 3-4 hour test on math, reading and language. And what about the 6 month to one year of job monitoring after you graduate?

    Thanks, again!
  5. Visit  HeatherTN profile page
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    I worked for the WIA program for several years..... did you have any specific questions? The WIA program is basically set up to help people return to work either thru sponsored training programs, job search assistance, or on the job training. It stands for Workforce Investment Act. Let me know if you have any specific questions maybe I can help

    Heather
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    Quote from HeatherTN
    I worked for the WIA program for several years..... did you have any specific questions? The WIA program is basically set up to help people return to work either thru sponsored training programs, job search assistance, or on the job training. It stands for Workforce Investment Act. Let me know if you have any specific questions maybe I can help

    Heather
    Heather,
    Thanks! I know very little about it. The FA coordinator at school told me to call WIA. I called and the person told me they were still working up the current class (one starts in Sept, one the end of Oct). The only info I received was to come in and fill out an application and to set up a testing date with Adult Education.

    The lady at Adult Education told me about the testing (3-4 hours) and the 6 months + monitoring of your work situation, but no real details.

    Apparently, WIA will possibly sponsor me because of the nursing shortage in our area.

    Any information would be helpful. :heartbeat
  7. Visit  newLPN04 profile page
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    I went to nursing school on the WIA program, got laid off from a tire company. WIA was a blessing to me..paid for my tuition, books, uniforms, NCLEX. I also drew a check every week til I graduated, but this check came after I ran out of my regular unemployment checks. I'm just thankful there are programs like this or I would still be in meaningless jobs that all I worked for was to pay the bills.
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  8. Visit  LBS2008 profile page
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    Thanks. It helps now that I hear a little more about what WIA actually is.

    The person I spoke with didn't really have time to answer my questions. She just told me to see her after I test and apply. :stone
  9. Visit  HeatherTN profile page
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    Hi LSB2008

    sorry it took me a few days to get back to you....the WIA program stands for workforce investment act....it is a program established by congress in 1998 to essentially help folks re-enter the workforce either thru a short term school program (must be a job in demand), on the job training, or work search assistance. basically once your training contract is approved they will cover tuition, fees, books, and possibly uniform expenses.....we also used to pay gas but that was phased out, for us anyway. your only obligation is to go to class, keep any appt's w/your WIA representative, do well, and report job info when you are employed (this helps w/future funding).....it really is a great program.

    we used two different types of tests in addition to the net test you've probably already taken.....the TABE (test for adult basic education test) and something called CAREERSCOPE; on the TABE test we liked to see people working on at least a 12th grade level before we approved any training for them.....CAREERSCOPE is not a graded test it will help determine if someone has the apptitude as well as interest in a particular area.....I worked in Athens, TN so your testing requirements may be different.....the important thing is to get your application for WIA done ASAP b/c they only have a certain amount of money which = only a certain number of people

    good luck!!
    Heather

    ps.....one more thing....it is basically like a federal grant so you don't pay it back and everyone else pays first since it is considered title IV funding....like if you are approved for any pell grants, hope scholarship etc then those grants would pay on your tuition, fees etc first and then WIA would cover the remaining costs......
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  10. Visit  LBS2008 profile page
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    Thanks, Heather!

    I registered on Friday. I have to call for the test date Monday. I'm a little bummed now because the test next week is on Tuesday and my son has a dr appt. That will set me back another week.

    Hopefully I'm not the only one.

    Cross your fingers for me!
  11. Visit  HeatherTN profile page
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    Oh I hate that for you......the waiting another week.....I am glad you are registered though!!! good luck!!!!!!

    keep me posted

    Heather
  12. Visit  Teresa42 profile page
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    Quote from newLPN04
    I went to nursing school on the WIA program, got laid off from a tire company. WIA was a blessing to me..paid for my tuition, books, uniforms, NCLEX. I also drew a check every week til I graduated, but this check came after I ran out of my regular unemployment checks. I'm just thankful there are programs like this or I would still be in meaningless jobs that all I worked for was to pay the bills.
    hello how are you doing? my name is teresa and i'm in need of some information
    maybe you can help me.I applyed for the wia to help me go back to school to get my nurses asstant degree but i'm going throw a some tough financial times right now i been out of work for 5 months i'm a single parent of two and my bills are back up so i'm scared i'm gonna be put out with my kids before i even start school.but my question is if the cap on my course is higher then what it coast will the wia proram give you the differnce to help you get on track or get buy until you start working i'm not getting any asstant other then foodstamps right now and my kids father is decied so ss give them only 275 and thats not enogh to pay the bills rite now can you help me with some aswers
  13. Visit  Teresa42 profile page
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    Quote from HeatherTN
    I worked for the WIA program for several years..... did you have any specific questions? The WIA program is basically set up to help people return to work either thru sponsored training programs, job search assistance, or on the job training. It stands for Workforce Investment Act. Let me know if you have any specific questions maybe I can help

    Heather
    Hello my name is Teresa, I'M in need of some help with some aswers but my wia appt isn't until 2wks from now.but I'm a single parent of two kids trying to go back to school to get my nurses ass degree,but i have been out of work for over 5mons so my bills are backed up and i'm worryed about getting put out with my kids. now my question is if the cap amount that wia offers for the program i am taking is more then the amount of the course, will they just pay the coast of the course or will they give you the differnce to help you get back on track or to help you get buy until you finsh you course and get a job.?can you please help me with some answers. i'm in the state of florida...thank you and hope to hear from you soon...
  14. Visit  I_<3_ICU_RN profile page
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    The WIA grant was the best kept "secret" in our nursing school! We applied through the TN Career Center. There was a cap on how much money we could get, but I'm not sure if it was because of our area (there are a LOT of nurses here). The money can go towards eligable tuition, fees, book, and even uniforms. You do have to take the TABE and I go through an orientation. However, they are not too difficult. After graduation I called my WIA case worker and updated her on my job, pay, etc. It was really that easy. I found out too late and was only able to use the grant money one year, but I really wish I had know because it would have reduced the amount of loans I had to take out.

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