Can I Get a Grant to Go to School to Be a Personal Trainer?

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Grant money is available — you just need to know where to look. (Image: Adobe Stock/alfa27)

If you've got dreams of being a personal trainer but you don't have the funds to get the education you need, you can seek out a grant to help you pay for school.

Grant money is generally available for post-secondary school — an education beyond high school — and is offered by all types of organizations and the state and federal governments. Whether you qualify for a specific grant depends on various factors, such as your financial need and academic qualifications.

Types of Grants

Grants for student aid can come from many places. The federal government offers several types of grants, and you can also get grants from your state government. Many colleges offer financial aid, as do non-profits and private organizations.

Technical Colleges and Certifying Agencies

If you don't want to get a four-year degree in exercise science or a related field, you can attend a program at a technical college or enroll in a self-study program through various personal training certification agencies. While these are less expensive than four-year degrees, they can still be a financial burden.

The National Personal Training Institute of Colorado is accredited by the United States Department of Education, which makes federal grant money available to cover tuition and other costs of attending NPTI in pursuit of certification as a personal trainer.

Any accredited school offering a similar certification will make its accreditation prominently known and should have a financial aid office available to assist students applying for grants.

Certifying agencies sometimes offer incentive for specializing in working with certain populations. For example, the American Council on Exercise, or ACE, offers the Ash Hayes scholarship. This grant provides free ACE certification study materials to adults currently working with or interested in working with youth populations.

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