Financial Aid Application
Information provided in a financial aid application is used to make a financial aid determination. There are several scholarships available each academic year for new and returning students who have been accepted into a certification program.
- CELA financial assistance is in the form of tuition remission and covers partial to full tuition costs for CELA’s ICAF, ICAT, ICAE, and EWF-C certification programs. The cost of course books is not included.
- CELA scholarships are need-based and applications for financial assistance are evaluated on an individual basis.
- Financial aid determinations are made after considering all of a candidate’s admission information, including but not limited to the personal statement, resume, work history and experience, the financial aid application, and the candidate’s demonstrated financial need.
The financial aid review and determination process typically takes four weeks. Please contact CELA with any financial aid questions you may have using the message box on the Financial Aid page.
Online Application Instructions:
Complete the online application below. A submitted application is not considered complete until CELA has received all supporting materials and documentation. CELA cannot process incomplete applications. Submit supporting documentation via email as pdf, jpg, or doc attachments.
CELA does not keep copies of any supporting documentation submitted as part of a financial aid application. Once a financial aid determination has been made, all supporting documentation and materials are destroyed. CELA keeps a digital copy of the financial aid application only.
List in this section (on the financial aid application) all members of your household who live with you. Include yourself, and your spouse if you are married, your children (if any) if you provide more than half of their support from July 1st of last year through June 30th of this year, and any other people who may live with you AND if you provide more than half of their support during the school year for which you are applying for financial assistance. If any of these other members of your household attend college, please include the name of their school if they are enrolled at least half-time in a degree, diploma, or certificate program. You may use additional pages as needed (email and hardcopy/regular mail applications.)
Student Income to be Verified
If you (and your spouse, if married) have been employed during the school year for which you are applying for financial assistance, you will need to list the employer’s name and address, how much you (and your spouse, if married) earned during the school year for which you are applying for financial assistance, and submit copies of your (and your spouse, if married) most recent W2 forms. Supporting documentation can be submitted by email (as scanned pdf or jpg formats) or hardcopies through the mail. Employment information submitted on the financial aid application, and additional information submitted as part of the financial aid application, will be verified.
Receipt of SNAP
This section is where you report whether or not you receive SNAP benefits, foods stamps, assistance from a state welfare office. You will need to submit supporting documentation from the agency for any benefits received. Supporting documentation can be submitted via email (scanned and attached as pdf or jpg formats) or hardcopies through the mail.
Child Support Paid
If you (and your spouse, if married, who is listed on the CELA financial aid application) paid child support during the school year for which you are applying for financial assistance, you will need to provide on the financial aid form: the name of the person who pays the child support, the name of the person to whom the child support is paid, and the total amount of child support that’s paid during the school year for which you are applying for financial assistance AND during the previous year. You may be asked to provide supporting documentation of the child support payments.
The CELA financial aid application must be completed, signed, and dated in order to be processed. Applications that are not signed and dated will be considered incomplete. All supporting documentation and materials must be submitted to and received by CELA in order for the financial aid application to be complete. Should your application be incomplete, CELA will notify you of the incomplete status of your application by email. CELA holds incomplete applications for a maximum of 3 months after which time you will need to submit a new application.
By signing the application, you certify that: (1) you have read and understand the information the application contains; (2) all of the information you have reported on the application is complete, true, and correct to the best of your knowledge; and (3) you understand that if you purposefully give false or misleading information on the application it may lead to the withdrawal of any and/or all financial assistance CELA may provide.
CELA Financial Aid Statement:
CELA offers financial aid services to help certification candidates meet their education, training, and certification goals. CELA does not accept federal financial student aid at this time. All CELA financial assistance is in the form of tuition remission. There are several scholarships available each academic year for new and returning students who are enrolled in a certification program. All scholarships are in the form of tuition remission and cover partial to full tuition costs for CELA ICAF, ICAT, ICAE, and EWF-C certification programs and do not include the cost for course books. CELA scholarships are need-based and applications for financial assistance are evaluated on an individual basis.
Financial aid determinations are made after considering all of a candidate’s admission information including but not limited to the personal statement, resume, work history and experience, the financial aid application, and the candidate’s demonstrated financial need.
CELA also offers student emergency financial aid assistance for students enrolled in the ICAF, ICAT, ICAE, or EWF-C certification programs and the CELACare Eco-Health Home Health Aide Certificate Program. We understand that sometimes a small amount of financial assistance can be the difference between attaining your goals and falling short. It is our desire to support our students when unexpected events, expenses, or financial hardship impact finishing a course or completing a session. CELA offers one-time only emergency assistance for eligible candidates who apply. The emergency assistance is in the form of tuition remission and can be applied toward tuition costs for CELA online courses, internship supervision costs for supervision provided by CELA supervisors (for students enrolled in Facilitation Skills at the time of the submission of their application for emergency aid,) and the CELA graduation fee. Student emergency assistance requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and can be applied for using this online application, by email (download the emergency financial aid form, complete, scan, and attach as pdf or jpg to email,) or through the regular mail (download the emergency financial aid form, complete, and mail to CELA to the address on the form.)
CELA Financial Aid Application:
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