In America there has been a shortage of skilled truck drivers for many years, however the 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 government grants for 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 grants for truck driving school below.
Grants Available for CDL Training
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. Read how one student used the Missouri SkillUp grant to pay for CDL Training.
State and Local CDL Training Grants
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.
Another local grant students in St. Louis, Mo can take advantage of is the Skill Up SLATE program. They have partnered with MTC Truck Driver Training in St. Louis, MO to help more people in St. Louis become fully-trained and licensed commercial drivers. They offer offer a 4-week Commercial Driver’s License training program to eligible participants at no cost.
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.
Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
This program provides education and training for high-demand jobs such as truck driving to veterans who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans who were previously ineligible for educational benefits, may be eligible for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). Funds are available for a limited time.
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 you determine which funding is available for truck driving school in your area and what you may qualify for. Take the first step and call now or fill out an interest form and they will contact you to discuss eligibility.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Trademark_Terms_of_Use.asp
Frequently Asked Questions About Grants For CDL Training
How to find grants for CDL Training?
To qualify for a grant for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training, individuals typically need to meet specific criteria set by the granting organization or government agency offering the grant. While the exact requirements may vary, some common eligibility requirements include location and financial need. If you would like to use a grant for CDL training, the easiest way to find available grants is to speak with a DRC Career Specialists. They can help you determine grants in your area, as each may have unique eligibility criteria and application procedures.
What grants are available for CDL Training?
The blog outlines several grants that are available for CDL training. However it is important to check with a DRC Career Specialists as new funding for CDL grants may be available to you.