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Financing Your Workforce Courses

UCM WIOA Catalog

Workforce and Professional Education programs are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are considered non-credit and do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid.  However, there are other state, local and private agencies available to help. 

  • Search for WIOA scholarship approved certificate programs. To find out if you're eligible for a scholarship, please contact your local job center or reference the contacts listed below.
    • Approved certificates can be found in the catalog above and are also cross listed on the Division of Workforce Development's MoScores.

  • In addition, Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search provides free access to more than six million scholarships worth up to $30 billion. Register and be entered to win $1,000 for college.

  • While professional education courses are not eligible for federal financial aid, the following private education loans are available to students enrolled in WIOA.

    • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan - This loan is available to students enrolled full-time, half-time, and less than half-time.

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  • Want to learn how UCM’s career-accelerating workforce programs can help you launch a new career or excel in your current position? Sign up today for a one-on-one chat with Clarinda Dir, UCM’s workforce expert, to discuss how we can help you meet your goals. Clarinda returned to college as an adult learner herself. Select here to learn more. 

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Missouri Career Centers

The Missouri workforce system staff are located in Job Centers around the state to help job seekers find quality jobs and employers find qualified workers.  The work centers also assist with job skills training.
Find a Missouri Job Center

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Full Employment Council (FEC)

The FEC is a business-led private non-profit corporation whose mission is to obtain public and private sector employment for the unemployed and the underemployed residents of the Greater Kansas City area. FEC accomplishes this goal by working in collaboration with businesses, local units of government, educational institutions, labor and community-based organizations.  The FEC supplies employers with a skilled workforce by obtaining public and private sector employment for the unemployed and the underemployed Missouri residents of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray County.

FEC is currently working with UCM to provide short-term online self-paced courses for currently employed individuals needing to hone or increase their technical abilities in addition to updating interoffice skills.  If you are interested, please review our catalog for courses and contact the Full Employment Council for details.

FEC Locations



Bright Horizons - Ed Assist


UCM has partnered with Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® to provide benefits to client employees.  Please contact your employer to determine if they are an EdAssist partner.  If your company is a client, UCM will provide a 5% tuition discount for online, professional education, and courses taken at our Lee's Summit location. 



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Private Lender List

While professional education courses are not eligible for federal financial aid, there are private (non-federal) lending organizations that offer loan funds to assist students.  To learn more about the products offered by our Preferred Lenders, please visit ELM Select (Educational Loan Management System).  You are not limited to the lenders listed.  Currently, the lenders that will do private loans for certificate seeking students are Salliemae, Wells Fargo, and PNC.  To access the preferred lenders list select undergraduate as your status.

Military Family


Eligible military spouses can receive a $4,000 scholarship.  The MyCAA program is designed to help eligible military spouses gain the training needed to start a rewarding career.

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Fast Track

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development's Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant can be utilized at UCM.  A list of approved credit and non-credit programs for UCM can be found here.  Click a school below to view the approved programs for Fast Track offered by that institution.



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