SkillUp is here to support your career goals and build skills that will lead to a brighter future. The SkillUp Together Fund provides grants for up to $1,000 for workers seeking training programs with our participating training partners.
Funds can be used for tuition assitance or other life expenses including laptops, groceries, rent, or childcare.
Eligibility is simple. In order to qualify, there are only three requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Earn less than $40,000 a year
- Have no Bachelor’s degree
Hear from recent Per Scholas graduate and SkillUp Together Fund recipient, Brianna, as she shares her upskilling journey from custodian to IT Support Specialist.
How It Works
About the SkillUp Together Fund
Our fund launched in February 2021 and we’ve already supported more than 500 workers and their families.
Offering careers in 6 pathways including HVAC, Electrical, Medical Assistant, Customer Experience and several levels of tech, the providers selected for our fund have proven track records of success for helping students acquire essential skills and land new jobs in new careers quickly.
- IT Support, Cyber Security, Coding & More
- Medical Assistant
- Customer Experience
Trusted, Vetted Partners
The SkillUp Coalition has searched far and wide to select the best training programs to prepare you for a new career. The programs we select have a strong track record of students completing the course, getting placed in jobs, and earning increased wages.
We also look at program length and cost when considering programs. Your career is our top concern, so training providers cannot pay to be listed or featured on our site.
We evaluate programs one career at a time, focusing on high-growth careers that do not require a college degree.
We are regularly adding new career pathways and new training partners, so please continue to check back.
IT Support Professional
Medical Asst. & HVAC
IT-Ready Technical Support
Coding Registered Apprenticeship & Coding Pre-Apprenticeships
IT Support Specialist
Tech, Business & Leadership Skills
IT Helpdesk Administrator
Follow These Three Simple Steps to Get Started
Complete your career assessment to find a program that matches your skills and interests – be sure to create a SkillUp profile and save your ID.
Select a training program from one of the participating providers above. Apply directly with the provider and mention your SkillUp ID and the SkillUp Together Fund.
Enroll! The training program will provide up to $1,000 toward tuition or additional resources like laptops, groceries or training supplies.
SkillUp Together Fund Recipients
Hear from some users who have already received scholarships!
Graduate from Boston
“ My Per Scholas journey was challenging but well worth it! I enrolled in the remote IT Support which started on February 1st, 2021 and just finished the 12-week course. The financial support from the SkillUp partnership has helped to support me through my IT Support Course by helping to provide me with my essentials and assisting my family with groceries. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to starting my new career in Information Technology! ”
Graduate from Newark
“ The financial help I received through the partnership between Per Scholas and SkillUp was fantastic. The money helped me and my family with bills and allowed me to apply my full attention to school. It is a tough road from beginning to end. I only wish I knew about it sooner in life. But they say things happen for a reason and I’m so glad. If it wasn’t for the financial team I would not have been able to put all my focus into school. I thank the Per Scholas team for helping me to become a graduate and move onto a successful career. Thank you ”
So, how does SkillUp work? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear.
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How many learners can receive these scholarships?
SkillUp is helping more than 850 students right now with this grant, and we expect to award at least 2,000 students between January and March of 2021. If you are an eligible student considering a program with a fund-eligible provider, enrolling quickly gives you the best opportunity to receive funding.
What if a program I’m interested in is not listed as scholarship-eligible?
Many training providers have access to several grant, scholarship or fundraising options. If your program is not listed as scholarship-eligible, contact the training provider to see what other options might be available. SkillUp plans to add training programs and providers every month, so check back in the future to see if there are new options for you.
I don’t qualify for this scholarship; what other funding options do I have?
If you are looking for options to pay for a training program listed on this site, contact the training provider to see what other options might be available.
How is the $1000 awarded?
SkillUp awards the scholarship directly to training partners, who will use the funds to support the SkillUp members directly.
How do I get my scholarship?
After becoming a SkillUp member and identifying a career pathway and fund-eligible training program, you work directly with that training provider to complete the application process. When applying, provide your SkillUp ID (included in your SkillUp welcome email) and work directly with your training provider to validate your eligibility and make sure the scholarship gets applied to your application.
I don’t see all of these training programs for one of the careers listed above?
Some of the scholarship-eligible training providers focus on serving their local communities so you won’t see them listed if you do not live in their service area. When you get personalized career recommendations, we show you the training programs that are available to you, either in your local community or online nationally. We are constantly broadening our catalog, so check back often for new programs near you.
I am a training provider. How can I be considered for the fund?
Training providers who are already listed on the SkillUp platform will be invited to apply for fund eligibility on a rolling basis driven by worker-demand for programs, and SkillUp’s fund capacity. If you are not yet listed on SkillUp’s platform and would like to be considered, please complete this form.
Support the SkillUp Together Fund
The SkillUp Together Fund aims to help 30,000 workers and their families by raising and distributing $30 million in the next year to provide grants and support to workers ready to upskill into in-demand jobs in high growth industries. Become a fund donor or consider other ways to partner with us.