New Grant Supports Education, Training for Californians Unemployed Due to COVID

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A new grant program has been launched by the California Student Aid Commission that will support Californians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking education or training programs to return to the workforce.

The Golden State Education and Training Grant Program will provide $2,500 for applicants who lost employment because of the pandemic and have not yet found a job that provides equal or greater pay to their former positions.

Applicants must meet income and asset criteria under Cal Grant A, another state grant program, to be eligible for the funds. They must also be enrolled in a qualified education or training program.

“The need to provide support and pathways to new opportunities to workers displaced by changes to the economy has never been more clear or critical, which is why we are here today,” said Marlene Garcia, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, in a press release. “This program can address a key need for Californians in the short-term, while also catalyzing greater collaboration in serving this population and demonstrating impactful means of providing them with financial support as they position themselves for a successful career.”

The application for the program is available at