Quote from angcurdy
Okay I am going to apply for WIA in MS tuesday. How does it work? Does it get added to our money in our account at the college? Someone explain how it works to me please?
I had WIA pay for my nursing program. The way it worked when I began was that once you apply they go through your paperwork to see if you qualify for the program. There aren't set limits, however it is a income to debt/bills ratio and size of your family. They look at utility bills, rent/mortgage, car insurance premiums, car payment, etc. If approved you get an amount for school that is paid directly to the school. They also helped pay for some of my uniforms and a stethescope, watch and shoes. I also was approved for mileage reimbursement, but that just depends on how far you drive for school/clinicals. You have to send in mileage sheets every two weeks signed by your instructors and then they send you a check to reimburse. You also must maintain monthly contact letting them know how you are progressing through your courses. I was able to do this by e-mail with my case worker. After you graduate you also stay in monthly contact letting them know where you obtained employment post-graduation, how much your hourly wage is and just how you are doing. This is done to show that the program works. For example, if you started the program working at a p/t retail job making $8.00/hr and then finish the nursing program and now make $22.00/hr, they can show that the grant is useful in helping people obtain better wages and being self-sufficient. In that way they will be able to keep the program available for future students.
Also, just fyi, WIA is available for job training that is currently in demand in your area.....not just nursing. In my area they paid for training for semi-truck drivers, respiratory therapist, welders, etc. There were many other job titles that they would train you for, those are just the few I could think of.
Hope this info helps!