VIDA welcomes your interest in our unique training model. Our staff will work diligently with you to help you find the resources you need to attend college in a demand occupation. In addition to providing the necessary financial assistance you may need, VIDA is also committed to providing you with case management and career counseling. VIDA's process for entry into our program is extensive and will require your time and commitment. Our Case Managers will help you develop a Training Plan to determine your commitment to a long term training program. They will work with you to help you understand your abilities, determine a career path, and develop academic goals.

Resident of the Rio Grande Valley.
18 years or older.
Eligible to work in the United States.
Below federal poverty guidelines, or
Underemployed with family responsibilities earning less than $8.50, or
Unemployed with family responsibilities registered with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Required documentation
Identification (Texas I.D. or Driver's licence)
Birth certificate or U.S. residency documents
Social Security Card
Proof of selective service
Proof of residence - current electric, water or gas bill or Medicaid letter with name and address. If the bills are not under your name, we will need a statement for the person whose name appears on the bill and a copy of the bill.
Copy of GED or High School Diploma / High School Transcript.
Nursing and Allied Health applicants: Acceptance letter.
THEA scores / ACCUPLACER scores / Compass Scores
Degree plan for program of study
Copy of current transcripts (official)
Statement of account
Detail Class schedule
Financial Aid Award / Denial Letter
Voter's Registration Card

Turn In All of the following for Proof of Income:
  • Current food stamps / TANF printout with applicant listed as reciepient
  • Unemployed insurance benefit documentation or TWC work history printout if unemployed.
  • Underemployed (if making less than 8.50 per hour) - recent check stub with visible wage.
  • Low income:
    - Last 6 months wage information for all household members employed or receiving benefits such as social security, veterans, workman's comp or disability.
    - Self Employed income for the last six months
    - Other income

  • Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed Rio Grande Valley residents get the training they need to secure a high-skilled, high-wage job. Copyright 2012 Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA)