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

author image Joe Stone
Joe Stone is a freelance writer in California who has been writing professionally since 2005. His articles have been published on LIVESTRONG.COM, and He also has experience in background investigations and spent almost two decades in legal practice. Stone received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles.
Can I Get a Grant to Go to School to Be a Personal Trainer?
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Grant money is generally available for post-secondary school -- an education beyond high school -- so long as the school is properly accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes schools that offer a certification in personal training. Whether you qualify for a grant depends on various factors, such as your financial need and academic qualifications. The best way to determine what grants are available to you is to submit an application for federal student aid.

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Federal Student Aid

Grants for federal student aid are administered through the USDE. Its mission is to ensure that all qualified students receive financial assistance. To determine your eligibility, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid through the USDE's Federal Student Aid website. The department will notify you regarding the type and amount of financial aid, including grants, you are qualified to receive.

Federal Grants

Several federal education grants are available. Some of these are for specific purposes, such as teaching, or specific individuals, such as children of parents who died in military service in Iraq or Afghanistan. The basic form of grant assistance that anyone with financial need qualifies for is the Federal Pell Grant Program. The amount of the Pell grant funds available to you depends on your financial need and the cost of the school you want to attend. The maximum award amount is adjusted annually and, for the academic year 2011-2012, the maximum grant is $5,550.

Accredited Schools

Federal education grants are only available for use at accredited schools. Qualified schools are accredited either by the USDE or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Without accreditation, federal grants cannot be used anywhere. Verify that the school you want to attend is accredited.

Technical Colleges

Obtaining certification as a personal trainer is most likely available through technical colleges, such as the National Personal Training Institute of Colorado. NPTI is accredited by the USDE, 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.

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