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. The goal of this program is to enable individuals working in the field of Early Care and Education to increase knowledge and skills, to obtain and maintain the NH Early Childhood Professional Credential. CCSNH students, working at least 20 hours per week in a NH licensed early childhood program are invited to apply. Eligible students may receive assistance for one ECE Course per term.

Please read the Award Details section below to learn about our program updates.  Due to rule changes, students must use our new application form.

Award Notification

Award Notifications will be sent to eligible students via the email address provided on their application. Please include your active address when you apply! Your student college 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 2020

We will begin accepting and processing applications for the Spring term on December 2nd.  Classes begin January 21st.  You are encouraged to apply early.  We will provide awards until our grant funds are exhausted.  We will then build a waitlist for additional applicants.

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

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Employment in an approved NH licensed child care program, working at least 20 hours per week 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, Early Childhood Special Needs and Positive Behavior Guidance 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 successfully complete the course they receive an award for. If unsuccessful, students will be charged the amount of their award.
  • Students must apply each semester to be considered for this assistance. Eligible applicants may receive 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 Nicole Fragala, GSC Career Mentor, to investigate and complete the application process and obtain your initial Early Childhood Professional Credential.  Links connected to this process are available in the right-hand margin.
  • 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.