Apprenticeship Institute primarily works with partners to coordinate tuition funding for the CNA Apprenticeship Program.

Tuition funding partnerships include:

  • Going PRO Training Fund with employer partners
  • US DOL Youth Apprenticeship grant
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • Go Fund Me

Apprenticeship Institute offers the majority of participants the opportunity to apply to have their training and apprenticeship tuition funded by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

Michigan Rehabilitation Services is a State of Michigan organization that works to help people who have barriers to employment get trained and employed. 95% of people qualifying for Michigan Works also qualify for MRS.

To qualify for their services, you must have a significant barrier to obtaining and keeping employment, or a disability.  Reasons for this type of ‘disability’ include everything from depression or anxiety to a physical disability such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a health issue such as asthma or diabetes.

Most people don’t even realize they qualify. 

Steps to Determine if You Qualify

  1. Complete the application
  2. Talk to our Student Support Team to see if you are likely to qualify for MRS
  3. Meet with MRS and be assigned a counselor
  4. The counselor is your advocate- they will work with you to determine whether or not you are eligible for their services.
  5. Once you’re determined eligible, your Student Support Advocate will connect you with our admissions team to get you enrolled in the program.

Sample List of Qualifying Conditions

  • Muscular or skeletal disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Obesity
  • Visual, hearing, or speech loss
  • Chronic bronchitis or emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Heart or circulatory impairment
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune disorders

Note: If you do not qualify for free tuition, we do accept out-of-pocket payments. The cost of this year-long program is $3000 and covers:

  • Job placement – you are hired BEFORE training begins
  • Training
  • Certification exams and support
  • Apprenticeship management
  • Department of Labor communications