Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (Agencies, Grants, Loans)

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Employers: Receive up to 50%* off Professional Development Courses

Employment and Training Fund Program (ETF)

The State of Hawaii's Employment Training Fund Program (ETF) provides businesses with the opportunity to upgrade the skills of their workforce from entry-level to management. Funding is now available to eligible Hawai'i employers. Eligible employers may receive 50%, with a tuition cap of $250 per employee, per course.

View list of current ETF funded courses.Contact the program coordinator for more infromation. Please allow 3 weeks for registration processing.

For more information about ETF funded courses:
tel: (808) 235-7433

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Princess Ruth Keelikolani Bldg. (Downtown)
830 Punchbowl St., Room 329
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 586-8703
For more information:
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs’ goal is to provide training and employment programs to help job seekers to gain or upgrade skills for the demands of the job market and accelerate return to work.

Oahu Worklinks (City & County of Honolulu)
Princess Ruth Keelikolani Bldg. (Downtown)
830 Punchbowl St., Room 112
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 586-8700

Dillingham Plaza
1505 Dillingham Blvd., Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: 768-5700

Waianae Neighborhood Center
85-670 Farrington Hwy., Room 6
Waianae, HI 96792
Tel: 768-5800

State of Hawaii - Department of Human Services
1390 Miller St., Room 209
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 643-1643

First-To-Work Program (FTW)
The First-To-Work Program provides case management employment and support services to work eligible individuals of Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) households.
For more information contact your local Dept. of Human Services office.

Lifetime Learning Credit (LCC)
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 provides for Lifetime Learning Credits for qualified tuition and related expenses for eligible individuals seeking to acquire or improve job skills.
For more information:

Dislocated Worker Training Program National Emergency Grant

This Department of Labor grant was created to assist dislocated workers who qualify for training through the public workforce system. Eligibility under the DWT NEG funded training is limited to dislocated workers with a priority of service given to the long-term unemployed. Long-term unemployed who qualify are individuals who have been unemployed for a minimum of 27 consecutive weeks. Veterans are also given priority of service for training.
For more information call:
Honolulu: (808) 586-8709
Waipahu: (808) 675-0018

Veterans Retaining Assistance Program (VRAP)
VRAP provides up to 12 months of educational assistance to rain unemployed Veterans, ages 35-60 into high demand careers. Upon completion of the program, the Department of Labor will work with veterans to place them in these opportunities.
For more information:
VA Customer Service: 1-888-442-4551

Post-9/11 GI Bill
If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.
For more information:
Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.