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Financial Assistance

The following information includes potential funding resources and sponsoring agencies for continued education. Your eligibility may differ depending on the program or training you are interested in. It is your responsibility to research these options as BOCES cannot determine your eligibility. 
To view the full details of each offering, CLICK any of the titles or right side arrows to expand. 

ACCES-VR (formerly VESID)
Formerly known as VESID, this service is only for individuals with disabilities. Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinates policy and services relating to:

  • Transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services
  • Vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities
  • Independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages
  • Business services for hiring a qualified, diverse workforce

    Click here to go to the ACCES-VR webpage

    ACCES-VR Main Office: (518) 473-8097
The Annemarie Mitchell Legacy Fund for Women in Construction.
This fund provides financial assistance and apprenticeships for women pursuing construction careers in the Albany Capital Region. 

The ARCC Leadership Adirondack Scholarship

The ARCC Leadership Adirondack Scholarship is intended to help individuals 18 years or older to start or extend careers in skilled trades (see the eligible programs). The scholarship will benefit individuals participating in the BOCES Employment Training for Adults (ETA) program by providing financial assistance to eligible students who wish to enroll in skilled trades classes. Eligible students must reside in the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s service area which includes Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga counties. Awards will be customized per module and capped at $1,000.


Click here for further details and additional information about the scholarship. 

Career Centers
Your local Career Center may have funding available to help you train for a new career or upgrade your skills to re-enter the workforce.
You can gain access to all the services of the Workforce Development System through its One-Stop Centers of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties:

Saratoga Cty Career Ctr
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-4170

Warren Cty Career Ctr
333 Glen Street, Suite 300
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0925

Washington Cty Career Ctr
383 Broadway, Bldg B, Rm B003A
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Phone: (518) 746-2391

To find your local Career Center not noted above, please click here. 


Dave Goyette Memorial Vocational Scholarship
The Dave Goyette Memorial Vocational Scholarship was created to help students pursuing a certificate or degree in vocational education and that reside in Schenectady County.


Click here for further details and application submission instructions on the Schenectady Foundations website. 


Click here for a copy of the Flyer for the Dave Goyette Memorial Vocational Scholarship

Ed2Go/Online Courses
Ed2Go Career Training Programs - please visit https://careertraining.ed2go.com/eta/financial-assistance/  for more information. 

Excelsior University offering tuition discount

Excelsior University is offering a tuition discount and the details are here. 
Click here for the flyer and more details on how to apply. 
Healthcare Grant

See the link below for the Workforce Development Board’s Rural Healthcare Grant
Healthcare Work-Based Job Training (for ages 55+)

Interested in improving your skills and becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, Personal Care Aid, or Companion? this Senior Community Service Employment program is for those age 55+.
Home Depot Foundation - Path to Pro Scholarship for Women

The Home Depot Foundation’s Path to Pro Scholarship for Women

Nurses Scholarship Program - NYS

NYS has created Nurses for Our Future Scholarship opportunities.
This info is specifically for students continuing on with their education at SUNY or CUNY in Nursing.  

Click here to read more about Funding the Education of Nurses to Take Care of New Yorkers.

NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training 

Employment Training for Adults works with CSEA. Please consult with your organization representative for eligibility.

Click here for additional information. 

Professional Drivers or Heavy Vehicle Technicians - Scholarship Opportunities (Shay Legacy)

Know someone interested in pursuing a career in trucking? The Shay Legacy Foundation has opened applications for its 2024 scholarships! The organization is accepting applicants for both the Commercial Driving Scholarship, and Michael Endres Memorial Scholarship, which supports individuals pursuing a career as a diesel technician.


In order to apply, individuals must submit the attached one-page application, as well as the additional materials listed on or before May 1, 2024. Eligibility requirements for the scholarships are listed below.


Commercial Truck Driver Scholarship

  • 18 years of age
  • Resident of New York state
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid NYS driver’s license, Class D or above
  • No physical limitations that affect driving eligibility
  • Adequate command of the English language to complete written exams and follow verbal instructions provided in English
  • Proof of enrollment in a school listed in the Federal Training Provider Registry


Michael Endres Memorial Scholarship

  • Resident of New York state
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid New York state driver’s license, Class D or above
  • Proof of enrollment in a disel tech program at a university or technical school


The Shay Legacy Foundation is dedicated to elevating the caliber of New York’s trucking industry through training, professional development, and collaborative partnerships. Our mission is to provide comprehensive workforce development programs that equip individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to succeed in rewarding career in the trucking sector.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Bobarakis from the Trucking Association of NY: [email protected]
FORMS are right below (Shay Legacy)
--------> Shay Legacy Foundation Scholarship FORMS

QCSA Vocational Training Scholarship

Queensbury Community Scholarship Association (QCSA). The mission of this scholarship program is to award financial assistance to individuals that are Queensbury graduates or that live in Warren County and are pursuing a program in a skilled trade or vocation.  The money for these scholarships was given to QCSA by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief fund.  This scholarship is intended to help individuals looking to continue their education in a skilled trade or vocation.


     Financial Award:
  • This scholarship award will pay up to $5,000. (Larger awards may be granted at the discretion of the committee.) 
  • Award recipients can reapply for additional funds upon proof of completion of initial program or coursework.
  • An application can be made for additional funds to cover the cost of program materials, tests, or other related expenses.
  • An Application for funds can be submitted to the committee at any time of the year.  Please allow a minimum of 45 days for your application to be reviewed.
Click here for the application. The completed application can be mailed to: QCSA, P.O. Box 4083, Queensbury, NY 12804 -or-  Scan completed application and submit by to [email protected]
Salvation Army Resources - "Need Help Paying Fees?"

Did you know that the Salvation Army offers resources to Saratoga County residents? The offer the following: 
  • Assistance for GED program registration
  • Utility Assistance
  • Case Management
  • iDignity (paying for identification – including birth certificates, drivers’ license, non-driver ID, etc.)
    Clothing vouchers to thrift stores
Check out their flyer for contact information and assistance details by clicking here
Saratoga Builders Association Scholarships

The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. is proud to announce their continued monetary commitment to education and will be awarding two student scholarships in 2023. One is the SBA $1000 Scholarship award and the other is the $1000 “Bob Best” Memorial Scholarship award. The organization makes these cash scholarships available annually to students who are planning to pursue a construction industry education.
See the press release about Saratoga Builders Association offering TWO student scholarship awards in 2023. Click here to see that. 
Saratoga County Soroptimist "Live Your Dream" Scholarship

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited to announce that the 2023-24 round of awards for the Live Your Dream program is now open. Attached is a poster describing this opportunity. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families and who are accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational skills training program.
By empowering women to change their lives, the award has provided the way for new generations of independent, educated and financially secure women to make a better life for themselves and their families, and in turn give back to their communities. Awards are needs-based and can be used for expenses related to education. 
We are hoping that you can help us spread the word to qualified candidates, particularly in the Saratoga County area.
Applications must be completed by November 15, 2023. A link to the online application and complete instructions on how to apply, can be found by clicking this link.
Individuals can contact the Saratoga County Soroptimist Club by emailing them to receive information on the application process or to request a mentor.
Click here for their website that has additional information and the application.

Veterans Benefits 

Employment Training for Adults works with Veterans Benefits. Please consult with Veterans representative for eligibility. 

Click herefor additional information. 

Workforce Development Board’s Rural Healthcare Grant

The Workforce Development Board’s Rural Healthcare Grant aims to serve some unemployed and underemployed residents across 17 counties of Upstate New York. Students attending training in any healthcare field may be eligible for scholarships for tuition or training costs.
This grant aims to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care and alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations serving rural populations.
Qualifying programs are the ETA CNA, Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician programs. 
Additional WSWHE BOCES programs and Financial Assistance Info:
Practical Nursing Students – For Financial Aid Questions Please Contact: 
Jacqueline Kemp, Sr. Information Processing Specialist, at (518) 746-3508

Adult Students Interested in Daytime CTE Programs, please call: 
Hudson Falls, Southern Adirondack Education Center: (518) 746-3421
Saratoga Springs, F. Donald Myers Education Center: (518) 581-3633

All Other Adult Students – Please Contact: 
ETA Registration Office: (518) 518-3555 or email [email protected]

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