Project Start

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You’re moving along in life and then – BAM! – something happens that gets you off track. Maybe it’s problems at home or a relationship that turned bad. Maybe you just don’t have the money to pay for tuition, transportation, books, or child care. Whatever is preventing you from progressing, there’s a way to a way to get back on track – Project START.

Project START (Supported Training and Retraining) offers academic and financial assistance and well help in your personal life, so that you can get your degree, get out there, and find a great job!


To be part of Project START, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Meet Federal guidelines for Pell Grant
  • Not have a Bachelors degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Be enrolled in a vocational program
  • Be up-to-date on your student loan payments, if you have a loan
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher each semester to start and continue in the program
  • Turn in bi-weekly attendance sheets and/or web-based attendance confirmation

If you meet these requirements, download and fill out an application and send it to, or come to the START office in 2092 Cedar Hall on main campus in Cedar Rapids.

You can also reach us at 319-398-1247 if you have any questions

After submitting your application, you'll be contacted by a START counselor. They'll talk with you about how Project START could benefit you and give a summary of your discussion to the selection committe.

If you are accepted, you will begin the program the next semester. 


Molly Anderson

Pathway Navigator – Project Start Program