We believe tech careers should be accessible to anyone with a dream and passion to pursue them. To that end, we offer tuition grants to qualifying students.
Grants help to subsidize a student’s tuition costs. They are not loans. They do not need to be repaid by the student.
We know many of our students need financial assistance in order to attend CompTIA Tech, and we’re set up to help with two forms of grants. The first is our own set of CompTIA Grants. The second is a set of local grants offered by generous partners for students enrolling at specific campus locations.
Since 2012, all eligible students to our IT-Ready Technical Support program have qualified for grants to significantly reduce their tuition expenses.
CompTIA Grants are available to students enrolled at any CompTIA Tech campus who qualify in at least one of the following categories that align with our mission:
- $1,000: Individuals who have been historically under-represented in the tech industry (African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans and women), as noted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- $1,000: U.S. military veterans, their spouses or caregivers
- Partial tuition amount (50%): Annual income above 200% but below 300% of the federal poverty threshold
- Full tuition amount: Annual income below 200% of the federal poverty threshold
Grants are stackable—they can be combined up to the full tuition amount. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with authorization to work in the U.S.
Generous donor partners help support students at specific locations. Qualifications for aid can vary depending on the donor organization, but generally, in order to qualify for partial or full financial assistance, students must be able to demonstrate financial need and/or be part of an under-served community such as women or people of color. There are also opportunities for veterans.
To apply for either type of tuition assistance, simply begin the online application process. You’ll be prompted to indicate whether you are seeking financial assistance and then will be prompted to answer some additional questions within the application.
How to Figure Out How Much You Might Receive in Grants
- Determine how many people are in your household. How many people do you report on your tax return? Does anyone else claim you on their tax return?
- Figure out your household’s hourly wage and multiply it by 2080 (the sum of 40 hours a week for 52 weeks) to determine your household’s annual salary.
- Compare your household’s annual salary to the U.S. Health & Human Services Department guidelines for federal poverty. You can check out their website directly or use our handy spreadsheet.
- If your household makes less than the column in blue on our spreadsheet (200% of the federal poverty rate), you’d qualify for a full-tuition grant.
- If your household makes more than the blue column, but less than the yellow column on our spreadsheet (300% of the federal poverty rate), then you’d qualify for a grant for 50% of tuition.
- If your household makes more than the yellow column, you won’t qualify for the financial need grants, but may qualify for the diversity or veteran grants.
Based on the calculations above, you may qualify for multiple grants which can be stacked together to help pay for tuition, as shown in sample scenario B below.
Sample Scenarios for Determining Your Eligibility
Scenario A: You’re a single female Latina living at home in IL without any kids, you file your own tax returns, and your parents do not claim you as a dependent on their tax returns. You make $10 an hour in your current job.
Your annual salary would be $20,800 ($10 x 2080). You make less than 200% of the federal poverty rate for a household of 1.
You’d qualify for a full-tuition grant. For the IT-Ready Technical Support program which costs $8,500, your grant would equal $8,500 to cover the full tuition.
Scenario B: You’re a married female African American in MN with two kids, and you and your partner file a joint tax return. Your salary and your partner’s salary combine to make $30 an hour in your current jobs.
Your household’s annual salary would be $62,400 ($30 x 2080). You make more than 200% of the federal poverty rate but less than 300% of the federal poverty rate for a household of 4.
You’d qualify for a partial tuition grant of 50%, but because you are also female and Latina, you’d qualify for an extra $1000 for each of those demographic factors.
For the IT-Ready Technical Support program, you’d qualify for $4,250 with the partial grant and another $2,000 for the diversity grants, thus giving you $6,250 to apply to your tuition. You’d only pay $2,250 out-of-pocket for tuition.