Financial Aid Information

At Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Center for Workforce Development, we understand that applying for financial aid might seem a little bit over-whelming, especially if this is the first time you have applied.  We want to make the financing phase of your educational experience as stress-free as possible by assisting you every step of the way.  Therefore, we encourage you to meet individually with a member of our friendly staff in the Financial Aid Office.  We will explain what financial aid programs are available, walk you through the application process, and answer all of your questions.

Our goal is to ease the financing process so that you can concentrate on succeeding in your chosen career program.  We can be reached at 585-349-9100.  We look forward to meeting you and helping you to take advantage of all the assistance available to you.

This website will also help you learn more.  The pages linked below will provide you with a wealth of information about financial aid programs, explain the application process, and describe your rights and responsibilities.  If you are a “do-it-yourself” person, you can even follow the easy instructions to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line.  There are also some very useful tools to help students learn how to manage their personal budgets and finances.

We encourage all current and prospective students to read these pages and learn more, and to contact the Financial Aid Office at 585-349-9100 if you need assistance or have any questions.

Financial Aid Programs Available at the Center for Workforce Development:  This page gives basic information about each Federal Student Aid assistance program available to students at the Center for Workforce Development, along with helpful links to more detailed information from the U.S. Department of Education.


Current Monroe-2 BOCES, Center For Workforce Development students experiencing financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations caused by COVID-19 who have completed a 2019/2020 FAFSA will be given a one-time emergency grant available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Eligible grant assistance covers expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19, including housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Learn more:

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Veterans Educational Benefits Programs:  Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services may be eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This page provides a link to the VA’s on-line application portal.

Rights and Responsibilities of Federal Student Financial Aid Recipients:  Students who apply for financial aid (and the schools that administer the aid programs) are subject to a number of “rules”. Students also have certain rights, including the right to most of the information on this website. This page highlights the student’s rights and responsibilities, and provides links to find more detailed information.

How to Apply for Federal Student Financial Aid:  This page explains the application process for student financial aid, and gives step-by-step instructions for completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid on-line. Why not get started today?

Student Loan Process and Requirements:  If you are using student loans, there are certain electronic processes and documents you must file in order to comply with federal regulations. This page explains these processes and provides links to the appropriate federal websites.

Income Tax Credits for School Costs:  Many students and parents are unaware of the U.S. federal income tax credits available to help families offset the cost of higher education. These tax breaks are only available to filers of U.S. Income Tax Returns, but they can go a long way to offset tuition costs for middle-income families.

Cost of Attendance and Net Price Calculator:  Every college student (and parent of a college student) worries about costs.  Although a Center for Workforce Development education is affordable for most everyone, it is important to understand the breadth of college costs, and to make a financial plan. This page contains information about costs and to access an on-line estimator program for costs and financial aid.

Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, Tuition Refund, and Return to Title IV (R2T4):In the unlikely event a student needs to terminate his/her education at the Center for Workforce Development, the student may be entitled to a full or partial refund of tuition, fees and other costs for the semester. Also, students who withdraw may lose eligibility for all or part of the financial aid already awarded to them, and that financial aid may need to be returned to the financial aid programs (Title IV) by the school and/or by the student.

Financial Training for Students: Financing a college education is one thing… but having real financial skills to manage your personal finances, credit score, and family budget throughout your lifetime is another thing entirely. The Center for Workforce Development students and alumni can access a wealth of information about personal financial management through this page.

The Center for Workforce Development (Catalog): Contains detailed information about the school and our academic programs. The catalog is available online as a downloadable pdf document, and paper copies are also available from the Admissions Office. New Catalog coming Fall of 2020!

Community Partners

Pell Grant and Stafford Loans may be available for students enrolling in our job training programs that are at least 600 hours. Please contact our Financial Aid office or our admissions office for guidance.

Financial Aid Department:     585.349.9164

Admissions Department:        585.349.9143

If you have a barrier to employment due to a variety of reasons such as a long term disability, contact ACCES VR to find out if you are eligible for grant money that can cover the cost of tuition.

ACCES VR – Rochester Office:       585.238.2900

ACCES VR – toll free:                        888.652.7062

If you are a veteran, or related to a veteran, contact the local Veteran’s Outreach Center to find out if you qualify for benefits.

Veteran’s Outreach Center:    585.546.1081

Learn more about programs and options through Veterans Outwards Bound at RIT.

Full or partial tuition assistance may be available through local county one-stop career centers. Contact your local office or call 866.674.4560 for assistance.

Monroe County
RochesterWorks! Career Center        585.258.3500

Ontario/Finger Lakes Region
Finger Lakes Works!      315.789.3131

Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Counties
GLOW Works!

The Rochester Area Community Foundation is an organization that houses many sources of scholarship for a variety of classes. You can use their website to investigate if you are eligible to apply for any of the scholarships offered.

Rochester Area Community Foundation:     585.271.4100

There may be other available funding sources not listed here. Speak with our financial aid specialist for assistance.

Payment Options

Payment options include MasterCard, VISA, check, cash, cashier’s check, money order, or company purchase order. Have your check, money order, or company purchase order made payable to Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.  Students may be eligible to receive funding through agencies such as: ACCES-VR, Rochester Works, and Veterans Benefits . Various other funding sources are available such as State and Federal grants, and direct or private student loans.

Payment must be received prior to the date of the first scheduled class.


CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds – Quarterly Reporting

HEERF Quarterly Report Apr – Jun 2020

HEERF Quarterly Report July – Sep 2020

HEERF Quarterly Report Oct – Dec 2020

HEERF Quarterly Report Jan – Mar 2021