If you are unemployed or have lost your job because of company downsizing, you may be eligible for a training grant through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJ LWD). If you qualify, a number of training programs may be available to you at no cost.
Rutgers University works closely with New Jersey's One-Stop Career Centers to assist and guide you in your training and development needs. The One-Stop Centers are staffed with qualified professionals to assist you in assessing your skills, obtaining employment, and offering training programs. For more information on your eligibility for training grant funding from NJ Employment and Training, please contact your local One-Stop Career Center.
If you are not a resident of New Jersey, you may qualify for a workforce grant from your state or county. Such grants are accepted by many of our continuing education programs.
If you are looking to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree using a grant, you can contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
Registration for Workforce Grant-Eligible Students
Before you register for a program, first contact the appropriate continuing education program [link to: department page] and find the course in which you are interested in enrolling. You can also search eligible courses through the NJ Training Opportunities website listed below. Then follow these easy steps to get started:
- Review the eligible courses listed and get more detailed information about the course that interests you.
- Once a course has been identified, immediately contact your local NJ One-Stop Career Center to determine your eligibility and begin the process to get a Workforce Grant. Please note that these courses do not qualify for the NJ Tuition Waiver, however, they are eligible for WDP, WIA, ARRA, TRA, DVR and similar funding. However, a few programs are not eligible for “WIA” grants – see the individual listings on the NJ Training Opportunities website.
- Contact the continuing education program hosting the course to register.
- When your training grant has been approved by your One-Stop employment counselor, the continuing education program provider will send you a Letter of Acceptance.
- Your One-Stop Counselor may also send the continuing education program a form to be completed with information similar to what’s contained in the Letter of Acceptance.
- Once your grant is approved, make sure your One-Stop Counselor faxes or emails us a copy of the “Contract” or “Fiscal Commitment” so we can get you started on schedule.
The New Jersey Division of Labor and Workforce Development has a database where you can search for approved occupational training programs. Visit the NJ Training Opportunities website and select "Get Started and Search for Training". To search courses offered through Rutgers, enter Rutgers University in the “Enter a Keyword or Provider Name” box. You can also refine your search by entering information in the next box labeled "Occupations."
Once the set of results has been returned, you can select a course to view more details including course description, cost, career counseling availability, and pre-requisites.