People pursuing new careers are responding in a big way to Virginia’s new G3 program that makes college training more affordable

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Thousands of students across Virginia are taking advantage of new state funding for targeted programs at community colleges connected to high-demand careers, according to new data from Virginia’s Community Colleges.

As of September 13, almost 9,200 people have been awarded G3 funding, totaling nearly $22 million, across the state’s 23 community colleges. A little more than $10.5 million is still available in G3 funding to help interested students train for new careers.

G3 covers tuition and fees for individuals living in Virginia who qualify for state financial aid with a household income of less than $100,000.  Programs eligible for G3 funding train students for careers in five of Virginia’s most high-demand industries: early childhood education, healthcare, information technology, public safety and skilled trades.

G3 funding has been available to Virginia students since July 1.

“We’re excited to see the ongoing and strong demand for the G3 program among the state’s learners,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “G3 helps increase accessibility and break down barriers by connecting students with funding for degrees and certification programs in fast-growing fields. Many of the courses provide flexible schedules to support students balancing full-time jobs and child care.”

To receive G3 funding, a student must first apply to their local community college then fill out a Federal Student Aid application, like the FAFSA. Community college advisors can help students plan classes and confirm financial aid. Once a student enrolls in courses, the G3 funding is applied directly to the student’s financial aid account.

Learn more about G3 here.

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