Continuing and Community Education


Gap Tuition Assistance provides funding to eligible applicants enrolling in a GAP approved certificate program in occupations including information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing, and transportation. The GAP Tuition Assistance Program enables individuals to gain the necessary skills to obtain a job in an in demand field!

What is unique about GAP Tuition Assistance?

Non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, this program bridges the funding gap for those students pursuing short-term certificates.
What is covered by GAP?

Assistance with your direct training costs, including tuition, books, required fees and equipment for GAP approved classes:

Are you eligible?

The GAP Tuition Assistance Program is based on financial need. Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income which cannot be over the 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see chart). However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone DOES NOT guarantee funding from the GAP Tuition Assistance program. In addition to meeting the financial criteria applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to achieve the program outcomes:

    • Ability to complete the certificate and earn the credential.
    • Ability to enter full-time employment.
    • Ability to retain full-time employment over time.
    • Likelihood of completion

A variety of factors are considered when determining likelihood of completion including potential barriers to success, soft skills, and employability.

You must be an Iowa Resident and eligible to work in the United States.

Application Process

    1. Complete Application
    2. Complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
    3. Provide proof of gross family income for the last 12 months prior to date of application
    4. Interview with GAP Tuition Program Director

2016 Poverty Guidelines

250% of federal poverty level subject to change

Family Size 150% FPL ($) 250% FPL ($)
1 17,820 29,700
2 24,030 40,040
3 30,240 50,400
4 36,450 60,750
5 42,660 71,100
6 48,870 81,450
7 55,095 91,825
8 61,335 102,225
add for each additional family member 6,240 10,400

For more information on how you can get assistance for your training and education, Contact Connie Glandon, GAP Tuition Program Director at 641-422-4332 or