In America there has been a shortage of skilled truck drivers for many years, however the recent pandemic has increased this need. Currently there are not enough truck drivers to fill open positions. The high demand for CDL drivers has resulted in not only an increase in driver pay, but also an increase in grants available for CDL training programs.
Depending on your current situation, you may be eligible to receive state or local funding to assist with the cost of CDL training. The amount of assistance can vary by program, however in many cases CDL grants cover most, if not all of training costs.
Our career specialists are here to help you develop a cost-effective plan, which may include one of the financial aid programs below.
Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), eligible applicants receive a government grant to attend courses, build their skillset and obtain reliable employment. Numerous graduates of DRC network schools have utilized WIOA funds to get their CDL. If you have been laid-off, or received unemployment or SNAP benefits, you may be eligible. Call 800-391-2754 now to talk to a career specialists about a WIOA government grant for truck driving school.
State and Local Retraining Funds
There are numerous state and local CDL training grants in the form of retraining funds. These programs are available to help individuals obtain a skill that will ensure more stable employment. For example, Kentucky residents who have worked in the farming industry in the recent two years may be eligible for the Kentucky Farmworkers grant. This grant is available to help Kentucky residents find a more stable, high-earning vocation. In addition, Missouri has CDL grants available through the SkillUp program, which will cover the cost of CDL Training. Read how one of our students used this Missouri CDL grant to start a new career. There are numerous state grants for CDL training. Our career specialists can help you determine what funding for truck driving school is available based on your situation.
Students receive funding for CDL school through either state or private Vocational Rehabilitation programs also known as Voc Rehab. If you are an injured worker or are currently in a rehabilitation program, you may be eligible for this type of government grant for truck driver training.
Veterans Post 9/11 GI Bill®
For military veterans, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides expanded benefits for CDL training tuition and even an apprenticeship program. You may be eligible to use your GI Bill® to help pay your tuition and provide additional assistance while you are training. Some carriers, in fact, are members of the Military Apprenticeship Program. With this program, you may be eligible to earn a monthly educational benefit check along with your weekly salary from your new job. For some veterans, this could be as much as $1,400 additional each month. This benefit may also be extended to your spouse or children. Apply now and we’ll help walk you through this process.
Native American students may be eligible to receive government grants through their tribal council or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Read how one student started a new career using this type of grant for CDL training.
As you can see there are numerous local and state government grants available for CDL Training. Our career specialists are here to help!. Take the first step and call now or fill out an interest form and they will contact you to discuss eligibility.