Early Childhood Education Tuition Assistance

Early Childhood Education Tuition Assistance

This grant program is available through a partnership with Granite State College and the Division of Children Youth & Families, Department of Health and Human Resources. Eligible students may receive assistance for one ECE Course per term. The goal of this program is to enable individuals working in the field to increase knowledge and skills, to obtain and maintain the NH Early Childhood Professional Credential. CCSNH students, working at least 25 hours per week in a NH licensed early childhood program are invited to apply.

Award Notification

Notification of award will be sent to eligible students via the email address provided on their application. Please include your active address when you apply! Student email address will be used if no other email address is provided. You may need to check your email span folder, depending on your individual security settings.

Spring 2017 - Waitlist

Due to the popularity of this program, we must now utilize a waitlist system for Spring Awards. We began processing applications in early December, promising our remaining funds to over 100 individuals. Classes begin January 17th. If you applied for assistance, and have not heard from our office, be sure to check your spam to be sure that our notification was not intercepted. You are invited to email us to check your application status.

We will continue to move individuals from the waitlist to our award list as funds allow. Preference will be given to students who are registered for the course they are requesting assistance for. Student who are unable to afford to take their course without assistance must officially drop the course before the end of the drop/add session for the term. Please check with your college to confirm this date.

Please be sure to use our current application located in the right-hand margin. It is necessary for you to complete every item including: your position, the ages of children you work with, and the number of hours you work each week.  Be sure to obtain your director’s signature to verify your employment! Your signature confirms understanding of the rules connected to this program.

We look forward to helping you as you work to expand your professional skills as you continue to fill important positions working with children and families.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Employment in an approved NH licensed child care program, working with infants and/or preschool-aged children
  • Registration/participation in an approved ECE course

Award Details:

  • Tuition assistance awards are not based on financial need.
  • 100% tuition paid for the students first introductory ECE course. Typically this is either Growth and Development of the Young Child or Foundations of Early Childhood Education.
  • Several specific courses focusing on Infant & Toddler Development and Early Childhood Special Needs are also eligible for full tuition awards because these are critical shortage area in the state of New Hampshire. Prerequisists are required for these courses.
  • 50% tuition awards are made for other ECE courses. Non-ECE courses are not eligible for awards, even if they are required for degree completion.
  • Students are responsible for all other expenses including tuition balances, books and comprehensive fees.
  • Students must apply each semester to be considered for this assistance. Applicants are eligible for one award per semester.

Application Process:

The link on the right shows the eligible ECE courses available this term at each of our seven colleges. Applications are typically processed within 3 days. Including an email address helps us connect with you with questions or important information about this program. Please watch your email for messages from our office.  Award letters are mailed to eligible students and colleges are notified as awards are granted.

  • Applications are processed each term, 6 weeks before courses begin through the end of the drop/add period for the term, or as long as funds are available.
  • Applications are processed in the order received by our office.
  • Applications must include both employer and student signatures.  Mail or fax (603-271-2725) your application to our office for processing.  Email scans cannot be accepted or processed.
  • Specific completion directions are included on the application form.

Award Specifications:

  • Award letters are emailed to eligible recipients indicating the approved course, the award amount. Our colleges are notified of new awards within two business days.
  • Contact Karyn Yeatman, an Early Childhood Mentor to investigate and complete the application process and obtain your initial Early Childhood Professional Credential. Check this site for scheduled sessions.
  • Recipients are expected to maintain employment in the field of early care and education for three months post-course-completion.
  • Recipients agree to complete a short email survey about this program during the term.
  • Award letters do not guarantee enrollment in the course. You must register with your college.
  • Students are required to complete the course funded through this program. Students dropping late assume the expense of the tuition cost awarded.

Check with the Financial Aid Office at your CCSNH College to see what other funds may be available to help offset your educational costs.