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Financial Aid: Education Benefit Programs

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) are approved to provide training to students who are eligible for the benefit programs listed below. Eligibility is established by agencies outside the college, and eligible students typically are referred to the program by the appropriate program agency.

  • Veterans Assistance: The Tennessee College of Applied Technology programs may be approved for students to use their VA benefits. Please check the GI Bill® Comparison Tool for the list of currently approved programs at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. If your program is not listed, please contact the Student Services Office.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: The Tennessee vocational rehabilitation program provides education benefits to students who have functional, developmental, cognitive, and emotional impairments or health disabilities, based on demonstrated need. To determine eligibility and learn more about vocational rehabilitation, visit the Tennessee Department of Human Services website.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Eligible TCAT students may receive federal assistance for books and supplies, transportation, and daycare services. For more information, visit WIOA Overview.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance: The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is a federal program designed to provide benefits to workers who lose their jobs or experience reduced hours/wages as a result of foreign labor or imports. Certain TCAT students may be eligible for education assistance through this program. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
  • Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc.: The mission of Tennessee Opportunity Programs is to empower migrant and seasonal farm workers and other disadvantaged Tennesseans to achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing services that address their individual needs. For information about these programs call 865-673-3053.
  • American Indian Center Employment & Training Program: The center provides career training, job search and placement services to American Indian in Tennessee. For more information call Turia Enloe at 1-800-640-2056
  • Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund: The Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund was chartered in December 1994.  Established as a non-profit by the State of Tennessee in accordance with Section 501(c)(3),  it operates with a seven member board.  The purpose of the board is to raise money for scholarships to assist deserving local students further their education.  The students must live in Townsend and be enrolled in a regionally accredited college or vocational school. http://heartsandhandsfund.org/hearts-and-hands-scholarship-application/