Education and Students

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 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Eligibility: Riverside County residents with a high school diploma, not currently enrolled in any other school presently, and laid-off from work/receiving or recently exhausted unemployment benefits/low-income family. 

Important Dates: Ongoing - with local application events held in Temecula, Ontario, and Santa Ana every few months. Call HealthStaff Training Institute at 951-694-4784 (27645 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 116, Temecula) for the next local application event.

Description:  The County WIOA is offering NO-COST education in the medical and technology fields (a Chromebook is also included for participants). Participants can receive work-force education/training in the areas of medical assistant, medical billing, pharmacy tech, computerized office accounting and more. See link for more information. 

Federal Student Loan Payments

Eligibility:  Individuals with federal student loans 

Important Dates:  Extended to September 30, 2021

Description: The CARES Act provides relief to federal student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. Interest will not accrue during this time. The suspension of payments was until September 30, 2020; however, on August 8, 2020, President Trump directed the Secretary to continue to suspend loan payments, stop collections, and waive interest on ED-held student loans extended again on January 20, 2021, through at least September 30, 2021. Borrowers may continue making payments if they choose. Additional information about automatic deferral, interest, and eligibility can be found online at studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus and more information about repayment flexibilities and federal student loans may be found online at https://studentaid.gov/articles/5-repayment-flexibilities/.

Training and Support Services

Eligibility: Various (Dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc.)

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for training and support services through its programs administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These programs benefit a wide of range of individuals, including but not limited to, dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc. The programs improve the employment prospects of these individuals and are designed to increase workers’ employability and earnings. The programs are delivered through the states and tailored to local economies. Additional information about these programs can be found online at dol.gov/general/topic/training

Federal Work Study

Eligibility:  Currently enrolled students receiving work study grants who were actively working in a work study job prior to COVID-19

Important Dates:  Ongoing

Description:  The CARES Act includes funding for students in work study programs that were impacted by COVID-19. The federal work study program provides part-time jobs students with financial need allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program is offered through the Department of Education and administered directly by the financial aid office at participating schools. Students in the program may be eligible for payment for lost wages due to COVID-19. Eligible students may be paid all or part of the wages they would have made had they continued working. Students who believe they are eligible should contact their school’s financial aid office. Additional information about this program can be found online at studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/work-study

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Eligibility: Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in participating schools with exceptional financial need 

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: The CARES Act includes funding for universities to provide special grants for unmet financial need and extra expenses caused by COVID-19. The existing Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) program, under the Department of Education, is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school. Not all schools participate. Students must check with their school’s financial aid office to find out if the school offers the FSEOG program. Additional information regarding these grants can be found online at studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/fseog

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