State Policy > Skills and Supportive Services

The cost of participating in skills training goes beyond tuition or costs of a training course – it also includes non-tuition costs like transportation, childcare, books, supplies, and equipment, etc. For too many people with low incomes – particularly people balancing the costs of training with family expenses — those costs present a barrier to skills trainingFederal human services programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) can provide these critical supportive services. However, they are often underutilized by states or not used in alignment with skills training efforts. States can better leverage these federal programs, and create their own policies, to expand peoples’ access to high-quality skills training. 

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