Funding and 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

Phone: 515-256-4951​

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.​

FMCSA “Veteran Grant”

Phone: 515-360-4615

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.

Promise Jobs

Phone: 515-281-9747

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: 515-851-0228

Website: Proteus

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.

Women & Minorities In Construction

Phone: 563-​336-3412

Email: Sergio Mendoza -

Assisting women and minority males in highway construction or Class A CDL.

Disability Services

Client must have a disability.

Vocational Rehab - East Central/Polk Co.

Phone: 515-281-4211

Website: Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

DMACC Vocational Rehabilitation

Phone: 515-964-6366


Help for ex-offenders.

Dept. Of Corrections

Website: Iowa Department of Corrections

Polk County Fifth Judicial District

Phone: 515-242-6600

Website: Fifth District Department of Corrections

Private Loans

Website: FastChoice

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.

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