More Money Than Ever!

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In addition to traditional financial aid and scholarships, Odessa College has received over $4 million dollars to help students pay for tuition, fees and other expenses related to education. New, current and former students qualify for the opportunities below: 

Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program

The Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program is a $46.5 million fund established both to provide essential emergency educational support to students that have been most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to aid in the continuation of their education and economic recovery. This program aims to meet two goals:
  • Support displaced Texas workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who have already earned some college credit hours, but need to learn new skills or further develop current skills, in order to return to the work force.
  • Provide funding for Texas students who previously attended Odessa College (or any other sanctioned institution of higher education for college credit hours), who have been out of school for at least six months or one long semester and not yet completed a certificate or degree, to finish that certificate or degree.

Eligible students can receive grant funding to cover their tuition and fees per semester (Spring, Summer and Fall 2021). The grant will only be applied toward the student’s tuition and required fees, after any state or institutional gift aid the student has received, but excluding any federal aid the student received. The grant may be up to $2,500, but not exceed $2,500, for any eligible student per semester. Awards of over $500 must be based on student financial need.

To be eligible, student must:

  • Texas residents eligible for in-state tuition as determined by the institution;
  • Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Are eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students who are enrolled in short-term ineligible Title IV workforce credential programs but who are otherwise Title IV eligible may be included;
  • Have affirmed they were affected by COVID-19. Institutions may establish their own processes for determining COVID-19 impact;
  • Be enrolled in an eligible academic degree program or short-term workforce credential program as described in this RFA on either a full time or part time basis; and
  • Have not been enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution in the previous academic (long) semester or previous six months.

Priority will be given to students who are pursuing degrees/certificates in high-growth and high-demand job areas as well as undergraduate students who are near the end of their degree plan. Students can use the grant to finish or pursue completion of degree’s and certificates in a variety of programs, including but not limited to:

  • ExxonMobil BAAS Leadership and Management Entrepreneurship Degree Program
  • Automation BAAS Degree Program
  • ExxonMobil BAAS Leadership and Management Occupational Health and Safety Management Degree Program
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Teaching EC-6th
  • Instrumentation & Electronics Technology
  • Bookkeeping, Level 1 Certificate
  • Office Administration Assistant, Level 1 Certificate
  • Welding
  • Computer User Specialist
  • Business Leadership
  • Business Administration
  • OSET
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paramedic
  • Fire/EMS
  • LVN
  • Transition students from LVN to ADN
  • Surgical Technology
  • Truck Driving
  • Electrical Lineman

Now is the time for you to come back to Odessa College and finish your degree in a high wage, high demand field. Complete the application to determine if you qualify for the Odessa College Reskilling Grant.

APPLY NOW: Odessa College Reskilling Grant


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act

In December, the Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act to provide emergency relief through financial aid grants to college students. These financial aid grants may be used for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus including: 

  • tuition,
  • food,
  • housing,
  • health care (including mental health care), or
  • child care

The grants can also be used to satisfy a student's outstanding account balance provided the student gives consent. Receipt of the financial aid grant is not a condition of future enrollment. 

Odessa College uses the FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility. Students must be eligible for financial aid; however, students do not need to qualify for financial aid. In most cases, the grant will be available to part-time and full-time students who:

  • are U.S citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and
  • have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. 

APPLY NOW: CRRSA FUNDS


Brown Foundation Believe in Students Emergency Aid

The Foundation helps support college students’ access to basic needs. The grant is managed by Believe in Students, the nation’s only non-profit organization focused exclusively on supporting college students’ living expenses. “In terms of college students’ financial challenges, many of us think about big dollars, like tuition,” Traci Kirtley, Executive Director of BIS said. “But often it’s a small dollar shortfall – an unexpected car repair, the inability to pay for adequate groceries, or, during the pandemic, internet access – that affects a student’s ability to continue their higher education journey.”

To get the funds to students quickly, they will be distributed by Edquity, the first provider of evidence-based, technology-enabled, scalable emergency aid for colleges and universities. Edquity helps students apply for emergency aid in less than 10 minutes using an app. They receive a response in less than 24 hours, and receive aid within 48 hours.

If you’re experiencing a crisis that might disrupt your education, visit bit.ly/get-edquity to download the Edquity app, apply for emergency aid, learn about helpful resources in the area, and more. Students can also apply for funding directly at app.edquity.co.


The Ector County ISD To & Through Success Center

ECISD has a team dedicated to helping ECISD graduates and former students connect to college, career and military opportunities. These connections are designed to help graduates learn new skills or further develop current skills in order to maintain a family-sustaining wage.

If you are an ECISD graduate or former student, click here connect with the ECISD Post-Secondary Success Coach today.


Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WOIA provides assistance with tuition, books, fees, supplies and support to help you succeed at Odessa College. You may qualify if you are:

  • Unemployed
  • Receiving public assistance
  • Earning low wages
  • Laid off
  • Receiving unemployment benefits

Documents needed to apply: 

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Texas photo ID/driver’s license 

For more information contact a WIOA Representative at 432-287-5200 (Option 5) TODAY!