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Have you been impacted by COVID-19? Thinking of earning a degree or certificate in Early Childhood Education?

You may be eligible for a Back to Work Scholarship!

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Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program

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.

Have you been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college in an undergraduate Early Childhood degree/certificate program in Colorado? Our organization is proud to partner with the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s COSI program to help provide the education and training you need for your next job in the Early Childhood field, through the new Back to Work Grant! 

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!

For more information, please contact Cameron Fall, ECE Scholarship/Career Navigator at (720) 899-3048 or by email

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Please find information about the Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program in the tabs below. If you would like additional information, please download the Information Flyer in English or Spanish. Do you have questions or need support with your Back to Work Scholarship? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

Supports Offered:

  • Support in enrollment, registration, understanding the total cost of obtaining your degree, FAFSA, CASFA, financial aid, scholarships, and more!
  • Support in 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
  • Support in connecting to resources, careers, and transitioning back into the workforce

Eligibility Guidelines:

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

  • 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 seeking to enroll or already enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate 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 a Colorado resident with 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.

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See if you qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness!

  • For a limited time, you may receive credit for past periods of repayment on loans that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF.
  • If you have Federal Family Education (FFEL) Program loans, Perkins, or other federal student loans, you’ll need to consolidate your loans into a Direct Consolidation Loan to qualify for PSLF, both in general and under the waiver. Before consolidating, make sure to check to see if you work for a qualifying employer.
  • Past periods of repayment will now count whether or not you made a payment, made that payment on time, for the full amount due, or on a qualifying repayment plan.
  • Periods of deferment or forbearance, and periods of default, still do not qualify.

For more information, click here! You can access the recording of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar here! You can also access the slides from the webinar here!