The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded a Reskilling Grant to a consortium that includes Temple College, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas. The grant is a total of $1,024,605 to support adults who want to return to complete or enhance a credential.

The money is designed to help cover tuition and fees for adults who started college but who have had to stop out before earning a degree or certificate. It also is available to graduates who can benefit from earning additional training such as vocational nurses who would like to earn an associate degree so they can become registered nurses. These funds also can benefit individuals who want to come back to college to finish a certificate in a high-demand field to help them get into the workforce or advance in their career.

Eligible adults may receive between $500-$2,500 per semester to cover the cost of tuition and fees if they want to return and finish degrees or certificates at either Temple College, Central Texas College or Texas A&M University-Central Texas. This grant program will be available only for spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021 so interested students are encouraged to enroll soon.

“Our goal is to help adults complete credentials that will better enable them to prosper,” said Temple College President Dr. Christy Ponce. Dr. Ponce noted that the program is particularly timely since there are many adults who may need retraining now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our regional goal is to help students finish a credential within a year or less to help them transfer to a university or get into the workforce,” Dr. Ponce said.

The grant money is available to Texas residents who meet the following criteria:

  • Have attended college at some point in the past but who have not been enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution in the previous academic (long) semester or previous six months.
  • Enroll in an eligible undergraduate program or short-term workforce credential program on either a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Have the ability to complete the certificate or degree within 12 months.
  • Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Have been impacted by COVID-19 in some way.

Students interested in taking advantage of this program should contact the college or university they are interested in attending. For details, visit