How can I pay for my training?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed May 2022

If you cannot afford training, you can apply for 2 kinds of government funding.

Individual Training Account (ITA)

Apply at a local MassHIRE Career Center.

When you apply for funding, the Career Center looks at your

  • income,
  • training you have had already, and
  • where you live.

Your program must be on the career center’s list of ITA approved programs.

Federal Pell Grant

Pell grants can pay for up to $6,895 for education or training at most universities, community colleges, and many vocational schools.

    • Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, or
    • Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center for a paper application 1-800 4-Fed-Aid (433-3243).

Your school or training program will have a deadline for applying for financial aid. Check the FAFSA deadline for your school or training provider.


You may be submitting two applications:

  1. One application is for TOP.
  2. The other application is to pay for your training.