Training Grant Frequently Asked Questions - DVR Consumers
Reviewed: June 2019
- What is the DVR training grant?
A DVR training grant is a grant that may be offered to eligible DVR consumers who have employment training goals that require attending a college, university, technical college, or vocational training program that offers federal financial aid.
- How much money will I get if I receive a training grant?
The training grant amount will depend on your remaining financial need after financial aid is determined based on information you entered in your FAFSA, not to exceed $5000.00. You can submit an Exception Request if you feel you require more funds than the DVR training grant. However, be aware that additional funds can cause an over award and a potential need for repayment to the school.
- What if I am a part-time student?
Full-time attendance is encouraged, but if you are an eligible part-time student, you may receive up to $208.34 per credit.
- What do I have to do to get a DVR training grant?
Follow the steps in the "Responsibility Checklist for DVR Consumers Applying for a DVR Training Grant" document that has been provided to you by your DVR Counselor. You are responsible for making sure that all of the steps are completed.
- What documentation do I need to provide to DVR?
Before the term begins, you will need to provide a copy of your schedule. After the term ends, you will need to provide a copy of your grades. Upon graduation, you will need to provide proof of graduation, such as a copy of your diploma.
Note: DVR cannot process a DVR training grant for you without all of the required documentation.
- How will I know if I will get a DVR training grant?
Talk to your DVR counselor. Your counselor will use the financial aid information supplied by your school to calculate your training grant total.
- How do I apply for financial aid?
For information on applying for financial aid, you can talk to your high school counselor or contact the financial aid office of the college or university you plan to attend. You can also complete a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- When should I apply for financial aid?
If you would like to be considered for a DVR training grant, you should apply for financial aid as soon as possible after October 1. It is not necessary to have completed your taxes to complete a FAFSA. Applying later may cause delays that could negatively affect your eligibility for a DVR training grant.
- What will happen if I do not apply for financial aid?
DVR cannot consider you for a DVR training grant if you have not applied for financial aid. Our federal regulations require that students make a maximum effort to obtain all benefits comparable to those offered by DVR, and financial aid is considered a comparable benefit.
- Will the DVR training grant affect my student loans?
If you choose to take student loans, your DVR training grant may be reduced to ensure that you do not get an over-award.
- What happens if my DVR Training Grant is calculated to be $0, or I require more funds?
If the DVR Unmet Need / DVR Training Grant Offered = $0 or you feel you require additional funds, you can submit an exception request. If the exception request is denied, you will be provided your appeal rights. You should also go back to your school's Financial Aid Office to discuss potential changes to your FAFSA information or budget.
- What will happen if I get an over-award?
If you get an over-award, you will have to pay back the extra money you received, even if you have already spent it.
- What will happen if I do not agree to let DVR and my school share information about my financial aid, records, and credits?
DVR cannot consider you for a DVR training grant if you do not agree to let DVR and your school share information about your financial aid and training grant eligibility.
- How will I get the money if I am attending an In-State Public or Accredited Private (WAICU) School?
If you are eligible for a training grant and are attending an in-state public school or an accredited private school, DVR will send your school a check. The full amount of your training grant will be divided into equal payments by academic year terms (semesters, quarters, etc.). For example, if your school's academic year is divided into two semesters, your DVR training grant will be divided into two equal payments, paid after the census date or confirmation date designated by your school (usually 10-15 days into the term). Before your second term can be paid, either you or the school must provide a copy of your grade report to DVR for the previous semester/quarter.
To receive a listing of in-state accredited private schools, visit: http://www.waicu.org/
- How will I get the money if I am attending an out-of-state or non-accredited private school?
DVR must support the lowest-cost option. However, if you are eligible for a training grant and are attending an out-of-state or non-accredited private school, DVR will send your school a purchase order. The school will send DVR an invoice to get a payment and your school will credit your student account. The full amount of your training grant will be divided into equal payments by terms (academic year, semesters, or quarters). For example, if your school's academic year is divided into two semesters, your DVR training grant will be divided into two equal payments and paid at the beginning of each semester.
Before you can get your training grant check for the second semester/quarter, you must provide documentation that you used the training grant to pay for your training and give your DVR counselor a copy of your grade report for the previous term and a copy of your schedule for the next term.
- How will I pay for my books and supplies?
You should not count on receiving your training grant payment at the very start of the term. If DVR is paying your school directly, or if DVR is providing you with a direct payment, it is unknown if the funds will be available before you will need to purchase your books. Students should plan for and have funds available to pay for books. If DVR would provide funds in excess of the training grant, DVR would report the payment to your school and, as the student, you would have to pay the funds back to the school as an over-award. Each school has a different policy with regard to the purchase of books and use of financial aid for this purpose. It is the student's responsibility to get information from financial aid about how best to purchase books. DVR may be able to make an exception and use the exception process for extraordinary circumstances, although these situations would be extremely rare. This policy is the same for students who receive SSI/SSDI.
- What will happen if I do not finish my training program in the time recommended by the school?
You are encouraged to attend full-time and complete the course of studies within the time specified by the curriculum. If you are approved for extended attendance, DVR will provide payment for up to one extra semester or quarter for every year required by the curriculum.
Maximum allowances include:
- One extra semester or two extra quarters for a vocational diploma
- Two extra semesters or three extra quarters for an associate degree
- Four extra semesters or six extra quarters for a bachelor's degree
- Two extra semesters or three extra quarters for an advanced degree
- What will happen if I have to drop out of my training for disability reasons?
If there is a change in your life that makes it impossible for you to continue in your training program, talk to your DVR counselor immediately. Your counselor can work with you to make changes to your employment plan to help you achieve your employment goal.
- What should I do if I think I have a special circumstance related to my disability that affects my training program?
If you think that there is a disability-related circumstance that will affect your training program, including the number of credits in which you are registered, speak with your DVR counselor immediately.
Last updated June 2019