Tuition Assistance

If you require financial assistance for a non-credit career training program, there are several options available to you based on eligibility.  While non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, please review some of the programs below that may bridge the funding gap for those pursuing short-term certifications. Although it may take some time to apply for job training funds, you are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Training Funds

If you have lost your job, are a displaced or dislocated worker, or receiving financial government assistance, fit a number of other qualifiers, attend a free information session at the Chicago Heights Workforce Center to find out if you qualify for federal WIA job training funds. The Chicago Heights Workforce Center at Prairie State College, Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC), Rm A148 or call ph# (708) 709 - 3911. Attend a free information session or Apply online. For additional information please visit:

  • Tuition Assistance for Health Care Training

The Southland Health Care Forum is an organization dedicated to serving the community through programs designed to train a new generation of health care providers. As part of their community focused approach, the forum offers services developed specifically to help youth and their families rise out of poverty and maintain stable careers in health services. For eligibility requirements please visit:

  • Tuition Assistance for Manufacturing Training

PSC is a partner of the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP) to offer manufacturing job training. The CGMP job training program is designed to help you acquire the skills and credentials manufacturing companies are looking for. Grant-funded financial assistance is available. Priority is given to adults who live in the south side of Chicago and south suburban Cook County. The CGMP is also committed to serving veterans, women, and other non-traditional manufacturing workers. For eligibility requirements please call Opportunities Advancement Innovation (OAI) at ph# (708) 339-8173.

  • Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)

If you have served at least one year of federal active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States; or served on federal active duty service in a foreign country during a time of hostilities in that country and were honorably discharged after each period of federal active duty service; and/or are honorably serving, you may be eligible for the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program. Any member of the Illinois National Guard or a Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States who meets the eligibility requirements is considered a qualified applicant for the IVG Program. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit an IVG Program application if they anticipate attending college at any point in the future. While program eligibility can be confirmed for qualified applicants at any time, funds will be disbursed only for terms in which you are enrolled at an Illinois public college or community college. For eligibility requirements, please visit:

Non-Credit WIA/WIOA Approved Programs for PSC
Credit WIA/WIOA Approved Programs for PSC
Clinical Medical Assistant
Commercial Food Equipment Repair Technician
Dialysis Technician
Forklift Operator Training-20 Hour
Forklift Operator Training-40 Hour
Human Resources - SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP
Facilities Management Certification
Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist
Pharmacy Technician
Truck Driver Training/CDL
Truck Driver Training/CDL with Endorsement
Accounting Certificate
Automotive Services Technology
Certified Nursing Assistant
CNC Programmer/operator
Computer Electronics Technician
Computer Repair Specialist
Emergency Medical Technician
Industrial Maintenance Technician
Machinist - Certificate
Manufacturing Technology - Certificate
Networking Specialist
NIMS Level 1 Cert
Office Productivity Specialist
Software User
Surgical Technology
Welder Technician