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G3 Grant Program

Get a Skill, Get a Job, Give Back

The G3 (Get a Skill, Get a Job, Give Back) Grant Program is a tuition assistance program for any Virginia resident who qualifies for in-state tuition and whose family income falls below an identified threshold. 

Any Virginia resident who meets the following criteria is eligible:

  • Qualifies for in-state tuition,
  • Has a total household income of less than or equal to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (roughly an income of $100,000 for a family of four),
  • Is enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours in a Virginia community college,
  • Is enrolled in a designated G3 program, and
  • Has applied for federal and/or state financial aid programs.

Please note that you must have filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA at and submitted all requested items to be eligible. 

Download the FAQ for the G3 Grant Program for more information.

How to Enroll in a G3 Program

  1. Select your career path.
  2. Apply to Southwest.
  3. Fill out the FAFSA or FANTIC application.
  4. Contact an advisor to plan classes and confirm financial aid.
  5. Enroll in your first classes.

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G3 Eligible AAS (2 year) Programs

  • Administration of Justice
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Emergency Medical Services Technology
  • Gerontology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Substance Abuse

G3 Eligible Certificate/Diploma Programs


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Science Tech
  • Heat/Vent & Air Condition
  • Human Service Certificate
  • Law Enforcement
  • Practical Nursing
  • Substance Abuse Counselor



G3 Eligible Career Study Certificate Programs

  • Advanced EMT
  • Advanced Studies in Science
  • CNC and Machine Operations
  • Computerized Tomography
  • Crime Scene Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity and Network Fundamentals
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Infant/Toddler
  • Electrical
  • Electronic Medical Records Specialist
  • Emergency Medical Technician Plus
  • Health Care Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Intermediate to Paramedic
  • Manufacturing Fabrication
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Coding
  • Network Administration
  • Paraoptometric
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Precision Machining
  • Semi-Automated Welding
  • Software Development
  • Welding

G3 Eligible FASTFORWARD Programs

  • Carpentry - Level 1
  • Carpentry - Level 2
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Contractor's License
  • Core-Introductory Craft Skills
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Heavy Equipment Operations - Level 1
  • Heavy Equipment Operations - Level 2
  • Manufacturing Specialist (MS)
  • Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1)
  • Masonry - Level 1
  • Masonry - Level 2
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Registered Nurse (Return to Training, Non-credit)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Work Zone Flagger