How to Apply
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.
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.
In order to attend a placement session, please complete the online registration process, which will ask you a series of questions.
For more information on Placement-Session dates, please visit our website at vidacareers.org or call 1-800-478-1770.
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 $10.00 per hour, or unemployed with family responsibilities, registered with the Texas Workforce Commission.
Identification (Texas I.D. or driver’s licence)
Birth certificate or U.S. residency documents
Proof of Selective Service
Proof of residence (current electric, water, or gas bill or Medicaid letter with name and address. 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
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
Additional Required Documents for Proof of Income
Current food stamps / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) print out with applicant listed as recipient
Documentation of unemployed-insurance benefit or Texas Workforce Commission work-history print out if unemployed
Underemployed (if making less than $10.00 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