Sources of Educational Funding

Long-Term Care Facility NA-1 Training Reimbursement

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 & 1990 requires 

any long-term care facility (aka nursing home) that accept Medicare / Medicaid patients to reimburse newly employed Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who have personally paid for their NA-1 Program training costs. New CNAs may receive reimbursement up to 12 months after completing their NA-1 training program. Keep your receipts of payment for your NA-1 training (tuition, textbooks, other required course materials) and OSBN certification fees to be reimbursed. 

Reimbursement may be prorated dependent upon the length of employment and the percentage of Medicare / Medicaid patients in the facility population. A facility is not required to reimburse the nursing assistants in cases where the expenses were paid by an employer, education training program, or reimbursed by a previous employer. 

See DHS Nurse Aide Training Reimbursement Form SDS 0451B for more information.

Sources of Educational Funding

You can sign up for WorkSource funding at any Employment Office to help cover the cost of your NA, CNA-2, and MA vocational training program if you are unemployed, or even if you are not on unemployment.  If you are working part-time or are under-employed, funding may be available to you through SE Works (also known as WorkSource Portland SE) or Human Solutions to help cover the costs of your training program.  Government grant money for NA, CNA-2, and MA vocational training can also be available through foundations who promote education after high school to students at risk, such as Job Corps, etc.

WorkSource Portland Metro Offices


State of Oregon - WorkSource Offices

WorkSource grant funds are currently available for students between the ages of 16-24 for NA1, CNA2, and MA training programs. Contact Elena Esquivel at
[email protected] for more information.


SE Works

7916 SE Foster Rd. Ste 104
Portland, OR 97206

Human Solutions

  • Human Solutions - Portland Office
    12350 SE Powell Blvd
    Portland, OR 97236
  • Human Solutions - Rockwood Office
    124 NE 181st Avenue
    Portland, OR 97230

IRCO – Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization

[email protected]

Scholarship Eligibility Assessment

Willamette Workforce Partnership

626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Residents of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties only.