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Community College Gap Assistance Program

The Community College GAP Assistance Program provides need-based financial assistance for tuition and other eligible costs for approved credit and non-credit training programs that focus on employment in high-demand occupations.

Gap Assistance Programs at Northeast

  • Education
  • Local Substitute
  • Local Substitute Plus
  • Family Child Care CDA®
  • Preschool CDA®
  • Infant and Toddler CDA®
  • Healthcare
  • EMT I and EMT II
  • Healthcare Aide
  • Medication Aide
  • Nurse Aide
  • Pre-hospital Emergencies for Nurses
  • Manufacturing & Safety
  • 24-Hour Hazwoper
  • Gas Metal (Mig) and Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • MFG Maintenance Program
  • MFG Maintenance Mechanical
  • MFG Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation
  • OSHA 30-Hours of General Industry
  • Precision Measurement
  • Engineering
  • Introduction to Drafting
  • Truck Driving
  • Professional Truck Driving (240 hours)*
  • Basic CDL (Class A) 84-Hour
  • Class B CDL Training
  • Class B to Class A CDL Training

Expenses Covered

Low-income students who comply with eligibility requirements will receive a one-time grant that will pay for expenses directly related to the assessment, training, and testing associated with Gap approved programs.

The following are examples of expenses covered:

  • Full/Partial Tuition
  • Required Books/Equipment - welding jacket, steel-toed boots
  • Industry Testing Fees - certification exam

Eligibility and Application


To qualify for Gap Assistance, applicants must:

  1. have a family income at or below 250% of federal poverty guidelines (this would include a spouse's income if the applicant is married)
  2. be a resident of Nebraska
  3. be a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act

Steps to Apply

To apply for Gap Assistance, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Gap Application
  2. Provide a copy of most recent 1040 tax document. If you are married, this should be a joint form. If it is not a joint form a 1040 tax document for both applicant and spouse are required.
  3. Provide a copy of most recent pay stub(s). If married, include copy(s) of pay stubs for your spouse as well.
  4. Mail paperwork to:
    Northeast Community College
    Attn: Amy Kaiser
    PO Box 469
    Norfolk, NE 6870-0469

Program Requirements

The following are program requirements for all Gap programs. Depending on the program you enroll in, there may be additional requirements.

  • Maintain regular contact with the instructor of your program throughout the course
  • Sign necessary releases to provide relevant information to college faculty, if applicable
  • Attend all class sessions
  • Complete surveys when requested by Northeast Community College

For More Information:

Amy Kaiser, Scholarship and Continuing Education Coordinator
(402) 844-7245

For more information on the Community College Gap Assistance Program visit:

* Students need to include copies of the documents below if you currently have them:
  1. DOT physical examination
  2. DOT drug screen
  3. Valid CDL learner's permit
  4. Driving record for the past three (3) years