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Workforce, Economic, and Community Development division at Patrick & Henry Community College offers funding assistance to career credit students. Financial aid, grants, and scholarships are available to students enrolling in workforce training programs and may pay up to 100% of tuition. We are also proud of the partnerships we share with area community service agencies to offer funding assistance and supportive services to our students.

How do I apply?

  1. Apply to P&HCC as a career credit student.
    • If return student, please log in and make sure contact information is up to date.
    • Social security number required for funding assistance eligibility and refund processes.
  2. Complete a Workforce Programs Tuition Assistance Application.
    • Bring *required documents to advising session.

  3. Schedule advising session with our Workforce Advising Specialist.
    • Email or call 276.656.0260.
    • Course registration will be processed by our staff following your advising session.
    • Registration is not complete until confirmation email received.

Contact Information: Email fastforward@patrickhenry.eduu or call 276.656.0260.

Directions to our Offices (Frith Building, Rooms 104-119): Turn onto Patriot Ave from College Drive. At the stop sign turn left and proceed to the left. The building is at the top of the hill. Turn left when entering the building. Click here for further information.

Documents Required for Workforce Tuition Assistance Eligibility Determination:

  1. Age Verification:
    1. State issued driver's license or ID.
  2. Proof of VA Residency (one of the following – document must be most recently dated and show preprinted current address):
    1. State issued driver's license or ID
    2. Voter card
    3. Utility/Phone Bill
    4. Rent Receipt
    5. Housing Contract
    6. Vehicle Registration
    7. Bank Statement
  3. Proof of Financial Need (one of the following):
    1. Active SNAP or TANF card AND eligibility letter from Virginia Department of Social Services.
    2. Most recent Disability Eligibility Determination Letter or Social Security Statement.
    3. Most recent copy of student's Tax Transcript from IRS (obtained from
    4. Only if taxes not filed, satisfactory proof of prior year income may be provided, such as W2 form, year-end pay stub, or bank deposit statements for one year.

Program-Specific Funding:

FastForward Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) provides an opportunity for any Virginian to prepare for high-demand careers and earn an industry-recognized credential. WCG pays 2/3 of the cost of tuition for students enrolling in a high-demand workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure: student pays 1/3 of tuition upon enrollment; the Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 upon successful completion of the class; and the final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia upon credential attainment. Student must agree to pay 1/3 tuition if does not successfully complete the program.

Get Skilled, Get a Job, Get Ahead (G3) initiative provides an opportunity for any Virginian to prepare for high-demand careers and earn an industry-recognized credential. G3 provides need-based tuition assistance for eligible applicants and pays student's entire 1/3 of tuition for select FastForward programs.

Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) Grant provides need-based tuition assistance for students enrolling in a workforce training program leading to an industry-recognized credential or licensure. FANTIC provides need-based tuition assistance for eligible applicants and pays student's entire 1/3 of tuition for select FastForward programs.

Non-FastForward Programs - local partnership funding and scholarships available for eligible applicants enrolling in select FastForward programs.

Partnership Funding:

Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment (TARE) Grant provides financial assistance for students who are already receiving TANF or VIEW. Students who are already receiving SNAP may be eligible for the SNAP Employment and Training Grant.

Road to Success in Virginia (RSVP) Grant initiative is committed to serving the TANF population and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. This grant opportunity prepares eligible students for employment leading to self-sufficiency and independence from temporary benefits. The program serves as an entry point into construction and healthcare career pathways. RSVP students may be eligible for tuition assistance, supportive services, and paid work experiences while completing a short-term FastForward training program.

Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) Grant provides tuition assistance for those who have earned a GED.

FastForward is short-term training that leads to a nationally recognized industry credential, based on the needs of local employers. Most programs take between 6 and 12 weeks to complete. 

FastForward WCG Training Programs:

  • Automation and Robotics
  • Carpentry, Levels 1 – 4
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) 
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) 
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) 
  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) 
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills 
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1 
  • HVAC, Levels 1 - 4 
  • Machining
  • Plumbing, Levels 1 - 4 
  • Power Line Worker