The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, but some more than others. Through its Re-Employing Virginians (REV) campaign, the Governor’s office is giving Virginia’s Community Colleges funds to help students cover the costs of tuition and fees in fields that will lead to careers in their community.
In order to be eligible for a training voucher, an applicant must have received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or must certify that they are working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 after losing a full-time job due to COVID-19.
You must also be interested in pursuing training or classes in a specified skilled trades SVCC approved Career Technical Education (CTE) program such as:
- Health Sciences
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing Technology
- Public Safety Programs
If you feel you meet the above eligibility requirements you should next officially apply through the below link to the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) webpage online application form and fill it out and submit it.
See if you qualify for free education vouchers up to $3,000!
REV Program Online Application Link: https://www.vccs.edu/rev
The VCCS will then make a determination on your eligibility and if you qualify they will refer your contact information to SVCC and the college will contact you about applying for classes using the REV tuition voucher program.
A SVCC college Navigator will then help you to enroll in a program that will give you the skills and education you need to succeed in the high-demand CTE career field of your choosing.
After you determine your REV funding and begin to plan your courses with a SVCC navigator you should also review this additional information:
- If you choose to do short-term workforce training, you’ll receive up to a $1,500 voucher applied to your student account.
- If you choose to pursue classes towards a career studies certificate or an associate degree, you’ll receive up to $1,500 for part-time or up to $3,000 for full-time – both applied directly to your student account.
- Enroll in courses. You need to enroll and claim your voucher by Dec. 14, 2020, even if your classes begin at a later date.
- This is a one-time funding effort to help Virginians recover from job loss or underemployment due to COVID-19. But remember to take advantage of these dollars soon because funding expires on Dec. 14.
- If you are eligible you must complete this form, REV Eligibility to receive the voucher. You can access the form online here: http://bit.ly/REV-Certification
For any questions please contact 434-949-1021.
What is the Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Training Voucher?
In April 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Each state received CARES Act funds to address costs related to the public health emergency created by the pandemic, as well as to provide economic support to individuals suffering from unemployment due to COVID-19 business closures. Governor Ralph Northam has made available $27M of Virginia’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide one-time Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Training Vouchers to Virginians whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
When does the Training Voucher program start?
The Training Voucher program begins on October 29, 2020.
Who is eligible?
The signed brief from the Governor’s Office defines eligibility as follows: In order to be eligible for a training voucher, an applicant must have received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, due to a COVID-19-related job loss, or must certify that they are working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15 after losing a full-time job due to COVID-19.
Is an individual who works part-time eligible?
Yes, if the individual was laid off from a full-time job due to COVID-19 and is now working in a part-time job with an hourly wage under $15. (DACA students and dual enrollment students are not eligible.)
How does an individual prove eligibility?
Individuals must self-certify their eligibility by signing a form attesting that they received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or they were laid off from a full-time job because of COVID-19, and they now working in a low-wage part-time job. Check your eligibility on the VCCS webpage. (Additional verification of unemployment with the Virginia Employment Commission may be required.)
What does the REV Training Voucher pay for?
For qualifying students, the REV Training Voucher will be paid for tuition and fees for a short-term FastForward workforce program or for one semester of a credit workforce education program offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges.
What training programs are eligible?
An individual may use the REV Training Voucher to enroll in a community college G3-eligible program designed to prepare him or her for work in any one of five essential and high-demand industries: technology/IT; manufacturing and skilled trades; healthcare; early childhood education; and public safety.
How much does the Training Voucher pay?
- Up to $1,500 toward the cost of the tuition and fees for enrollment in a short-term FastForward workforce program.
- Up to $1,500 toward the cost of tuition and fees for part-time enrollment (11 semester hours or less) in a credit workforce education program.
- Up to $3,000 toward the cost of tuition and fees for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) in a credit workforce education program.
Please note that funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Does the acceptance of a Training Voucher impact my unemployment benefits?
No, acceptance of the Training Voucher is a benefit that does not impact an individual’s unemployment benefits. The voucher is not considered income.
Is there a deadline for enrollment?
Yes. Funding for the REV Training Voucher will not be available after December 14, 2020. Therefore, interested individuals should contact their local community college right away in order to meet the enrollment and registration deadline.
Is REV Training Voucher available to students who enrolled in a community college this fall?
Yes, an eligible student who is currently enrolled may receive a Training Voucher for new enrollment in classes that begin on or after October 29, 2020, and conclude by the end of spring semester 2021. Regardless of the class start date, students must enroll by December 14, 2020.
Can an individual receive more than one REV Training Voucher?
No; these are one-time vouchers.
If a student registers but doesn’t attend, does he/she receive a refund?
No; the Training Voucher funds credited to the student’s account to pay for tuition and fees are non-refundable to students. If a student never attends a class paid for with a Training Voucher, the funds will be returned to the state and reimbursed to the federal government.
What if a student drops out of a FF or credit class paid for with an REV Training Voucher?
If a student drops out of a credit class, the college will retain the funds to pay for instruction. If a student drops out of a FastForward class, he or she is responsible for paying the second third of the cost. REV Training Voucher funds may not be refunded to the student.
Does the education program have to begin before December 14?
The program begins when the student initiates the onboarding process. Regardless of the class start date, the college should advise, provide career counseling, enroll and register students, and post Training Voucher credits to students’ accounts prior to December 14.