VIDA is excited to be participating in a research study to learn how the program helps people advance in their careers. Individuals who are eligible for the program will be asked to take part in the study in order to have the chance to receive VIDA services. A lottery-like process will be used to select which candidates will have the opportunity to take part in VIDA. Eligible candidates will have a 50-50 chance of being assigned to the group that may receive assistance from VIDA. More details about the study will be shared during the intake process. 

VIDA welcomes your interest in our unique training model. Our staff will work diligently with you to help you find the resources you need to attend college in a high-demand occupation. In addition to providing the necessary financial assistance you may need, VIDA is also committed to providing you with case management and career counseling. VIDA’s process for entry into our program is extensive and will require your time and commitment. Our case managers will assist you in developing a training plan to help you commit to a long-term training program. They will work with you to help you understand your abilities, determine a career path, and develop academic goals.


Please click here to submit your online application. 

Click here for a list of documents required for your application.

Click here for the Income Verification form.


  • Resident of the Rio Grande Valley
  • 18 years or older
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Earning below federal-poverty guidelines, or underemployed with family responsibilities, earning less than $14.00 per hour, or unemployed with family responsibilities, registered with the Texas Workforce Commission.


  • Identification (Texas I.D. or driver’s licence)
  • U.S. residency documents
  • Social-Security card
  • Proof of Selective Service
  • Proof of residence (current electric, water, or gas bill. If the bills are not under your name, we will need a statement from the person whose name appears on the bill with a copy of the bill.)
  • Copy of GED or high-school diploma/high-school transcript
  • THEA scores / ACCUPLACER scores / Compass Scores/ TSI
  • Degree plan for program of study
  • Copy of official current transcripts
  • Statement of account
  • Detailed class schedule
  • Financial-aid award  or financial-aid denial letter
  • Nursing and Allied-Health applicants only:  Letter of acceptance into the program


  • Current food stamps / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) print out with applicant listed as recipient
  • Documentation of  unemployment benefits.
  • Employed (if making less than $14.00 per hour) – recent check stub with current wage visible.
  • If low income:
  1. Wage information for the past month for all household members employedand/or receiving benefits, such as social security, veteran’s, workman’s compensation, or disability.
    2. Official documentation of self-employed income for the past months
    3. Official documentation of all other income