Free CNA Classes in Hawaii

Tuition fees of Hawaii CNA classes can be as low as $250 to as high as a few thousand dollars. It is therefore practical to also consider getting free training.

Look for scholarships that cover the entire or a good portion of your total fees. Take note, however, that if the CNA program is a non-credit course, you may not be able to take advantage of government-funded scholarships. On the other hand, you can check out Aha Punana Leo Lamaku and Edith Kanaka ‘ole Foundation Higher Education scholarships. Certain student organizations may also extend financial aid if you want to pursue CNA. One of the good choices is AmeriCorp’s Student in Service. Lastly, visit the U.S. Department of Education, which publishes a list of scholarships and grants you may be able to use for your CNA classes.

Health care facilities such as nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals provide free CNA training to their staff, especially to those who want to be certified by the state. These may include Kau Hospital, Castle Medical Center, Oahu Care Facility, Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Weinberg Care Center, and Pearl City Nursing Home. Sometimes the facility simply reimburses you for all your training expenses.

Hawaii also has a Job Corps center, and youths who are at least sixteen years old can apply for a CNA class without paying anything. Rather, the agency pays you through allowances and free board. Military wives can apply MYCAA program of Healthcare School of Hawaii, which entitles the successful applicant with around $4,000 financial aid.