State Fair Community College is now ready to offer eligible adults the new Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant, which is a financial aid program that begins this month.

SFCC says Governor Mike Parson established the financial assistance program when he signed Senate Bill 68 in July. The purpose of the program is described as a way to help Missouri reach its educational goal of 60% of working-age adults having a high quality certificate or degree by 2025.

Fast Track can help increase access to financial resources and encourages eligible adults to pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need.

The Coordinating Board of Higher Education has designated more than 635 program areas as eligible for Fast Track funds.

SFCC says it offers 33 of these designated programs in fields such as accounting, agriculture, automotive technology, business management, computer information systems, construction management, criminal justice, health sciences, education, electrical maintenance, machine tool, welding, marine technology, and welding.

Addiotnally, SFCC says Fast Track funds, when combined with other governmental financial aid, can ensure that a participant’s tuition and fees are fully covered. Grant awards will be used for any remaining tuition and fee costs not covered by other state and federal student aid programs.

Individuals who receive other aid that covers the full tuition and fees, may be eligible for an award of up to $500 to cover other education-related expenses.

Eligibility is based on a number of factors such as age, residency, education level and income. Visit www.sfccmo.edu/fasttrack to view requirements.

For more information on how to apply at SFCC, contact Admissions and Outreach at 660-530-5833. The fall semester begins August 19; enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m.  Sunday, August 18.