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State Tuition Support

States That Offer Tuition Support for Registered Apprentices


Funds allow community colleges to provide most instruction for apprenticeship programs.


The Adult Education and Work Force Training Grant portion of HB #200 provides funds to Vocational Technical Schools to support tuition for registered apprentices.



Georgia residents who are attending a Georgia public technical college to earn a certificate or diploma are eligible for a HOPE Grant regardless of high school graduation date or grade average. This fund covers approximately 70% of student expenses. Additionally, the State Legislature has established the Hope Career Grant for select high demand occupations. Additional funding is allocated each year to allow for virtually free tuition for students entering these select occupations.


Seventy percent (70%) of its Manpower Development Fund is allocated to the Apprenticeship Training Program at the Guam Community College to be expended exclusively to fund the administrative and instructional costs for the operation of the apprenticeship training programs; advertising and outreach programs for the promotion of the apprenticeship training programs; and direct financial assistance to students enrolled in the apprenticeship program.


The state created a special employment and training fund, IC 22-4-25-1, from the penalties and interest from the Unemployment Insurance system to fund various training programs. Ivy Tech Community College receives funds to train apprentices in joint labor-management apprenticeship programs. Funds are also used to pay instructors for general education towards an Associate’s degree and journey worker upgrade courses.


  • Iowa Apprenticeship Act, commonly referred to as "15B": An annual non-competitive grant program that is available for any Registered Apprenticeship program to apply for $3 million in state funding available; distributed to all who apply based on the number of their apprentices and the training hours involved in the Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Development Fund, commonly referred to as "15C": A competitive grant program available to new Registered Apprenticeship programs that were created within a high-demand occupation field or for Registered Apprenticeship programs that add a high-demand occupation to their existing Registered Apprenticeship program. $1 million in state funding available; grants are available up to $25,000 per occupation applied for. Programs can apply for more than one grant per each high-demand occupation; overall grants to an organization are capped at $50,000 per fiscal year. Programs must have less than 20 overall apprentices.


Maine Revised Statutes Title 26, §3211, 6-A states that the Maine Department of Labor “shall underwrite 50 percent of tuition costs for apprentices in good standing at public educational institutions and provide training cost assistance to sponsor groups in accordance with sponsor  policies.

New York

Funding is available through the State University of New York (SUNY) for sponsors to cover the costs of Related Instruction in community colleges across the state.

North Carolina

The State Board of Community Colleges may provide by general and uniform regulations for waiver of tuition and registration fees for courses provided to students who are participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program that requires the participants to be high school students when entering the program.


The state offers tuition assistance up to $11,600 for two years ($5,800 per year) at the schools, institutions, and entities governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, as well as state certified apprenticeship programs. Tuition assistance benefits are available for a two-year period beginning when an employee is separated due to a reduction in force.


The Texas Workforce Commission provides funds to local public educational institutions to support the costs of related classroom instruction in registered apprenticeship training programs. Local education agencies act as fiscal agents for registered apprenticeship training programs.

Washington State

Registered apprentices may be given a 50 percent tuition reduction at community and technical colleges. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges issues policy on tuition and fee rates annually. (See attached “Apprenticeship Fee Guidance,” from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.)


Apprentices pay $120 per credit (36 hours). The 144 hours of related instruction per year requirement costs $480. Apprentices are paid their hourly wage to attend class, and in some cases, tuition is reimbursed by sponsors or joint training funds.

Wisconsin Statutesalso see S.106. Subchapter 1 Apprentice Programs, esp. S.106.01(6) S. 38.001(1m) and (2a) Mission and Purpose - direct reference to training of apprenticesWTCS State Board Policies (WTCSB)


The Wyoming Department of Workforce Service's Workforce Development Training Fund, a state-funded program, has a grant option available for registered apprenticeship programs to reimburse expenses associated with related classroom instruction. Sponsors, related instruction providers, and employers are eligible to apply. Grants funds can be used for tuition/registration, class fees and materials, travel, instructor wages and fringe benefits, fees for licenses or certifications obtained as part of the related instruction, and up to five percent for administration. More information is available