Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program
Cameron Fall, Scholarship and Career Navigation Coordinator
Ph: (720) 899-3048
Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.
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Participants must meet the following criteria for scholarship eligibility:
- Student experienced an economic loss within the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, had to withdraw from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss.
- Student is planning to enroll (or is already enrolled) in an undergraduate degree or certificate program related to Early Childhood Education.
- Student is planning to enroll (or is already enrolled) at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education.
- Student can complete degree or certificate program by June 30, 2024 (the Spring 2024 Semester).
- Student is a Colorado resident receiving in-state tuition and has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 14614 or less as determined by FAFSA or CASFA. To learn more about the EFC requirement, click here.
*Please Note: If you are already receiving a Back to Work Scholarship or another Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive this scholarship award.
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Participants will receive a one-time scholarship award, up to $2,500! Funds can be spread across your entire degree or certificate, so you can save them for when you need them. Funds can also be used to cover a variety of expenses, including:
- Tuition costs and any fees related to admission or enrollment
- Books and supplies (including up to $1,000 towards the cost of a personal computer)
- Living expenses defined as A: housing, food, clothing, transportation and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, for students who do not contract with a school for room and board, and B: the cost of room and board, an allowance for the cost of housing and food while attending college or career school)
- Transportation costs to/from classes
- Student loan fees
- Child Care or other dependent care
- Costs related to a disability
Additionally, participants are offered the following supports:
- Support with enrollment, registration, financial aid, scholarships, grants, understanding the total cost of obtaining your degree or certificate, FAFSA assistance, CASFA assistance and more!
- Support with navigating institutional barriers and academic hurdles along with social, wellness, familial, and personal concerns
- 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of your degree or certificate
- Connection to various types of resources, career navigation and support, and support with transitioning back into the workforce
BTW Financial Aid Resources
- Early Childhood Council Workforce Supports [English]
- ECCLA's Workforce Supports [Spanish]
- ECCLA's Workforce Supports [English]
- Current and Future Colorado Educators
- Free ECE 101/103 and Other State Stimulus Scholarships
- Free ECE 101 + 103 Flyer [English]
- Free ECE 101 + 103 Flyer [Spanish]
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CAFSA)
- College Opportunity Fund
- Federal Student Aid
- Federal Grants and Scholarships
- Federal Loan Information
- Federal Loan Repayment Options
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
- What do Early Childhood Educators need to know about Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
- Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness
- College Financial Aid - Facts & Statistics
BTW Career Resources
- Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
- Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) Qualification Chart
- Director Qualification Chart
- Careers in Early Childhood: A Colorado Directory
- Early Childhood Career Pathways Tool
- Build My ECE Career
- Healthy Child Care Colorado Job Board
- ConnectingColorado Job Board
- Colorado Workforce Centers
- Substitute Agency: Early Childhood Hourly Teachers, LLC
- Substitute Agency: Colorado Child Care Substitutes
- TEACH Colorado (Career Navigation)
BTW Justice, Equity, and Belonging Resources
About the Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program
ECCLA’s Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship is a unique scholarship program that works to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, those that have experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions.
Through the Back to Work Grant, ECCLA is proud to partner with the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s COSI Scholarship Program to help provide the education and training you need for your next job in the Early Childhood profession! The Colorado Recovery Plan expands the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) grant to support Coloradans that have experienced an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, had to withdraw from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss.
The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity scholarship provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations. Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are welcome to apply!