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Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)

Has COVID-19 impacted your employment? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college in an Early Childhood degree/certificate program in Colorado? Thanks to the Colorado General Assembly, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative funds providers across the state to support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide Coloradans support in accessing and completing their credential or degree and get Back to Work!

Supports Offered:

• Support with enrollment, registration, FAFSA, financial aid, scholarships, and more!

• Support with navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles, and social, wellness, familial, and personal concerns

• 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of your credential/degree

• Connection to resources, career, and transition back into the workforce support

Scholarships Offered:

• A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid, and other scholarship opportunities

• COSI Scholarship

Eligibility Guidelines:

Participants must meet the following criteria and complete a credential/degree by June 2024:

• Student was displaced due to COVID-19 within the last 2 years including job loss/furlough, decease in job level, voluntary resignation to attend to family obligations or health concerns, decreased earnings, rescinded job offers, significant other/parent or guardian job loss, or inability to enter workforce due to adverse economic conditions

• Student is seeking to enroll or already enrolled in a credential or degree program related to the Early Childhood field

• Student is enrolled (or plans to enroll) at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education

• Student can complete credential or degree by June 30, 2024

• Student is living in Colorado and has an income that is determined to be between 0 and 250% of the maximum permissible income to determine eligibility for Pell grants.

Stay Tuned! The Scholarship Application is coming soon.