Funding & Grants
Financial Assistance Options
The options listed below are available for students to review, Most students qualify for funding - not always income based. Each grant or funding source will require their own approval process. You must complete their approval process before registering for CDL courses, as payment will be requested at the time of registration. Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) does not apply to non-credit programs such as our CDL program.
DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy
Website: DMACC Career Training
We provide academic, financial and job seeking support to qualified applicants. You must complete our 4 step intake & orientation process to determine eligibility for tuition assistance. Please call 515-256-4951 to schedule. Funding approval can take 3-4 weeks. Located at the DMACC Southridge location.
Email: Lori Card, Pathway Navigator
Assisting current/former members of the US Armed Services and their spouses/children to obtain enhanced commercial operator safety training and jobs in trucking or bussing. Contact Lori Card or the Transportation Institute for application and a checklist to qualify.
Iowa Workforce Development Center
Phone: 515-281-9619 or 515-281-5387 or 800-JOBIOWA
Website: Iowa Workforce Development Programs
Address: 200 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315
Several programs are available to help with training. Also help with resume writing, interviewing, basic computer skills, access to computers, printers, fax, lists of job openings, ESL, food assistance, career fairs.
Website: Promise Jobs
Contracted by Department of Human Services to serve only FIP recipients.
Workforce Investment Act
Phone: 515-281-9619 ext. 53622
Website: Iowa Works Center Des Moines
Helps with training and tuition assistance. Please contact before your class starts for assessment. Approval can take 1-2 months. Considerations for assistance include income guidelines for those out of work or not working full-time. Employment and training solutions for adults and dislocated workers. This is possible assistance for those who have been laid-off or economically disadvantaged. This does not help those who were fired unless it was proven that you were fired unjustly.
Phone: 515-271-5303 or 800-372-6031
Scholarship program for individuals who have done farmwork (baling hay, detasseling,
work with crops/livestock, etc).
Assistance might include tuition, books, tools, transportation, or money for time in class.
Phone: 515-281-9634 or 800-773-JOBS
Website: Job Corps
Assists persons 16-24. Help for dropouts, foster youth, homeless. Must meet low income criteria. Ask about Heavy Truck Driving assistance.
Women & Minorities In Construction
Email: Sergio Mendoza - SMendoza@eicc.edu
Assisting women and minority males in highway construction or Class A CDL.
Client must have a disability.
Vocational Rehab - East Central/Polk Co.
DMACC Vocational Rehabilitation
Help for ex-offenders.
Dept. Of Corrections
Website: Iowa Department of Corrections
Polk County Fifth Judicial District
Students can borrow from $1000 to $6900 from a private lender during the CDL class. DMACC has a list of lenders that have historically provided loans to students. DMACC does not recommend any particular lender. The link will assist you in finding and comparing private loan options. Please note this is a LOAN and not a GRANT. All money will need to be paid back to the respective lender.Information Packet