Workforce Ready Grant

Are you looking to take your career to the next level?

Over 2 million Hoosier adults need additional skills to compete in the 21st Century Workforce. To help more Hoosiers gain these skills, Indiana has created a new financial aid opportunity for working-age adults: the Workforce Ready Grant.


The Workforce Ready Grant pays the tuition and mandatory fees for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University or other approved providers. The grant is available for two (2) years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. The grant does not cover courses that do not directly apply to the student’s certificate program. Program-specific fees and equipment are not covered.


The qualifying high-value certificate programs were selected based on employer demand, wages, job placements and program completion rate. These programs are aligned with Indiana’s highest demand sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Building & Construction
  • Health Sciences
  • IT & Business Services
  • Transportation & Logistics


To qualify for the grant, students must:

  • Be an Indiana resident and U.S. citizen or (eligible non-citizen);
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma/GED;
  • Not have previously earned a bachelor’s or an associate degree;
  • File the FAFSA (credit-bearing programs)
  • Enroll in a qualifying high-value certificate program
  • Enroll full-time (typically four courses) if you are a Dependent Student
  • Enroll at least half-time (typically two courses) if you are an Independent Student
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress while completing the program;
  • Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.


  • Visit the Next LevelJobs Portal to connect with an eligible training provider
  • Enroll in a qualifying high-value certificate program
  • Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA (please allow 5-7 business days for processing).
    • Applicants do no need to meet the April 15th deadline for state financial aid
    • The Workforce Ready Grant is not limited by family income