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Financial Support and Services

Employment and Training Fund (ETF)

Under certain conditions, the State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR), may be able to partially fund employee training. The Employment and Training Fund program (ETF), administered by the DLIR Workforce Development Division (WDD), provides funds to assist employers who need to upgrade their employees' skills. For further information, please go to hawaii.gov/labor/etf. On O‘ahu, contact the agency's downtown office at (808) 586-8703. Neighbor islands, please check contact information at the ETF web site.

Lifetime Learning Tax Credits

Eligible taxpayers may be able to claim a tax credit for UHM Outreach courses that are taken to acquire or improve job skills. Find more information on the web at www.irs.ustreas.gov or contact your tax advisor.

Loan Program for Students Self-Financing their Continuing Education

Career Training Loans are available for any type of continuing education that advances or changes a student's career, including technical and trade-related training. Call the SLM Financial Corporation, a Sallie Mae company, toll-free at 1-888-272-5543 to request an application and more information, or apply on the web (www.slmfinancial.com).

Workforce Investment Act

If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for employment services, education, and training administered through the O‘ahu Workforce Investment Board. For more information, including eligibility requirements and the O‘ahu Work Links office nearest you, contact the agency's downtown office at 830 Punchbowl St., Rm. 112, tel: (808) 586-8700.

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