Workforce Financial Assistance
This program – known as FANTIC – provides funding for eligible adults who want to obtain an industry-recognized credential or license through an approved workforce training program.
To be eligible, you must:
If the student is not a U.S. citizen, the institution shall require proof of current legal status.
Domicile must be determined at enrollment to establish eligibility for FANTIC.
Proof of age may include a valid state-issued identification card, birth certificate, or passport.
Unless the requirement to register has terminated or become inapplicable to the student, and the student shows by preponderance of the evidence that failure to register was not a knowing and willful failure to register. Registration requirements are for males age 18 to 26.
Compliance can be verified here.
Not be currently enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program, unless the noncredit program provides training related to the degree program and is necessary to meet a job requirement or advance student’s employment success;
Have submitted a complete application packet designed by the college for this program;
Not receiving tuition and/or training assistance from any non-state source for the same program to which FANTIC funds are to be applied (e.g., employer assistance; Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [WIOA] funds; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] Employment & Training, Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare [VIEW], Virginia’s work program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF], and other Virginia Department of Social Services programs; Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services programs; other federally funded programs) To ensure this is not the case, colleges must ask the student if they are receiving non-state funding (see list above) to support program tuition and fees. If students are not receiving any non-state aid, then they can continue to be considered for FANTIC funding. College staff are not required to determine eligibility for non-state aid.
Providing proof (an eligibility card and letter from the Virginia Department of Social Services) that the student, or the dependent student’s parent, is currently eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
Demonstrating that the student, or the dependent student’s parent (see definition of “dependent student” as used in §§23.1-500-503. Refer here) has a household adjusted gross income that is 200% or below of the national federal poverty level (See Appendix A), or 300% or below the federal poverty level for localities whose average living wage is above the Virginia statewide average. (See Appendix A for information on average living wage calculation.)
Most recent copy of Tax Transcript for IRS; As obtained from here, or,
If the tax transcript is unavailable, satisfactory proof of prior year income, can include copies of wage stubs or W2 forms, bank statements.
If the student’s financial situation has changed within the last year, a letter of appeal may be submitted to the institution to consider the current financial status;
The institution will determine the required documentation, which may include recent pay stubs, proof of job change, bank statements, etc. The college will make the decision for FANTIC eligibility based on submitted appeal and related documentation. The college must maintain a record of the appeal including supporting documentation and written justification for the decision to provide funding or to the decision to deny the appeal.
This financial aid will pay for 90% of the first 1/3 of the cost for an approved workforce training program. Qualifying students will need to pay the 10% student portion at the time of registration.