Career & Training
Job Network Counties

Funding and Financial Aid

We can help you achieve your goals.

If you need skill training, you may qualify for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grants that could help fund your eligible training costs. To qualify for these grants, you must be unemployed and low income.  We are able to fund the following programs per approval and eligibility requirements and completion within approved timelines:

  • Short-Term Training Programs
  • Technical School
  • Vocational School
  • Industry-Specific Certifications and/or Licensing

The following degrees are NOT eligible for WIA funding:

  • 4 Year Bachelor’s degrees
  • Master’s degrees
  • Out-of-State Programs
  • Correspondence programs

Click on the following links for additional resources about funding and financial aid.


Tuition Assistance
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OhioMeansJobs - Scholarship Search
Pell Grants
OIG Grants
National Guard Tuition Grant

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA General Information
Workforce Inventory of Education & Training        (Eligible Training Providers)

Ohio Works First
OWF Benefit Details
OWF Fact Sheet

Ohio Here to Help
Ohio Here To Help

Ohio Benefits Bank
Ohio Benefits Bank

Ohio Red (Rapid Response Event Data)
Rapid Response

Unemployment Compensation
Unemployment Compensation Online (file a claim)
Worker's Guide To Unemployment
Workers Guide To Unemployment Compensation (Spanish)

People in Need
People In Need


Homeless & Transition Shelters
Marion Homeless Shelter

Faith Mission
Community Housing Network
Southeast-Friends Of The Homeless

Community Action
Community Action

Energy Assistance Programs
Energy Assistance Programs

Legal Aid
Legal Aid of Columbus

Ohio Works First

Ohio Works First (OWF) is a time limited cash assistance program designed to help meet the financial needs of eligible children and their parents.

All customers of cash benefits under OWF can also receive health care under the Medicaid program.

Program components also include:

  • Assessment of current levels of educational skills and employment history.
  • The development of a customized educational/ employment plan for achieving self-sufficiency.
  • Case Manager assisting with determination of best program activities for individual's goals for finding employment.


Prevention, Retention, and Contingency

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) is a program designed to help families in different levels of need.

Participants may only need help to get past an initial barrier in order to work. PRC provides temporary help for a family while they are getting back on their feet due to unforeseen hardships. Each county designs its own PRC program to meet the needs of local families. PRC can help individuals keep jobs or help them get better jobs.