Grant Funding

Attend CISSP Training with NC Scholarship

You may be eligible for grant funding for 100% of your training and exam fees (up to $5,000/student)!

It just takes a short, 15-minute call to see if you qualify.

Who Qualifies?

General requirements for individuals:

1. Eligibility requirements vary by county

2. Preference given for unemployed or under-employed individuals

3. Special youth and veteran programs available

4. $3,000-$5,000 scholarships will pay for both training and exam fees

how people qualify
how companies qualify

General requirements for companies:

1. The company is the applicant

2. Must be a NC for-profit or non-profit company

3. The rules will vary slightly based on which county the company is located in

4. Company must have a minimum of 3-5 W2 wage employees in NC

5. Grants awarded $10,000 per application (companies can submit multiple applications)


How It Works

We've partnered with county workforce development offices throughout North Carolina to help candidates like you get their training paid.

Step 1: Schedule an initial interview. During this 15-minute conversation, we will determine which grant program you are the best fit for.

We will ask:

  • What county do you live in?
  • Are you employed? (There is different funding available for employed vs. unemployed individuals.)
  • If employed, what North Carolina county do you work in?
  • If employed, approximately how many people work out of your office?

Step 2: Once we’ve determined which grant program is the best fit for you, we’ll hold your hand through the application process.

Step 3: Upon approval, you begin your training. Our goal is that grant applicants have zero out-of-pocket costs.

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Grant-Specific Questions

What types of funding are available?

There is money available to help companies grow by upskilling their workforce, or for individuals (employed or unemployed) to advance their career.

Can this funding be used for more than one person from a company?

Yes. The application can accommodate one employee or many. For example, we have trained every employee at some companies. In other cases, we have trained one employee or a team.

How long does the process take?

This depends on how motivated a student/company is to get through the process and the timelines of the grant board in your local area.

Our fastest grant-funded student was approved in 3 days. The average is about 3 months from start to approval.

Are there any out of pocket costs?

Our programs are comprehensive and cover everything you need to earn a certification and be successful in your career.

Can I take this training even if I do not qualify for grant funding?

Absolutely! We would be happy to work with you. We have discounts and scholarships available for candidates as well.

Why does this grant funding exist? This sounds too good to be true.

This funding is intended to improve the general economy by encouraging professionals to get promoted and transition to higher paying, in demand job skills. The idea is that by improving the skills of individual professionals, companies benefit by having more employable workers, employees benefit with higher salaries, and the state benefits from higher tax revenues and a more vibrant economy.

Cybersecurity General Questions

What course formats are available?

Everblue offers three formats of learning: classroom, online, and mentored learning.

The most successful is our mentored learning format, whereby students proceed through the program online at their own pace but schedule one on one time with our staff. During those sessions, we will cover technical knowledge, career coaching, and motivation.

What courses and programs are available?

While we are focused on CISSP training at this time, all of our programs are eligible for grant funding. See our full course catalog.

CISSP Certification Questions

What are the requirements for CISSP?

There is no minimum education or work experience requirement to take the exam.

Students with more than 5 years of experience at the time they take the exam will receive the industry recognized CISSP credential. Students with less than 5 years of relevant work experience will receive the industry recognized credential Associate of (ISC)². Their credential will be upgraded to the CISSP credential once they have accumulated 5 years of experience.

Both credentials are industry recognized. The only difference is the Associate of (ISC)² signifies someone with less than 5 years of work experience, and CISSP signifies someone with more than 5 years of experience. Individuals take the exact same exam regardless of experience level.

How long does it take to get CISSP?

Typically candidates will spend 4-6 weeks studying for a total of about 120 hours before they sit for the CISSP Exam.

I am unemployed. Will CISSP certification help me find a job?

While there are no guarantees, earning CISSP Certification will make you more employable. At a minimum, it will at least lead to more interviews and potential jobs. Further, the NC Works staff and the Everblue team will be working on your behalf.