Funding Education


Funding Education

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Funding Your Education

Finding resources to help finance your education is not an easy task; however, it may be well worth the time and effort. A good place to start your search is with professional organizations connected with allied health and nutrition careers and local organizations and businesses in your community. Another source of funding includes scholarships and individual grants through religious organizations, private foundations, labor unions, businesses and local community groups.

WIC employees may qualify for financial support through the California Nutrition Corps Scholarship administered by the California WIC Association. The scholarship was established to support California WIC employees who are advancing their professional careers. Other scholarships are offered through universities, but are usually only available for students enrolled in a degree program and not for a post graduate dietetic internship. Scholarships are also available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND).

The following websites will help you get started in your search:

Loan Forgiveness

WIC employment could help you pay off a Federal Perkins student loan. Your federal student loan may be discharged or canceled under certain conditions. A discharge or cancellation releases you from all obligation to repay the loan. Conditions that may qualify include working full-time in an agency (like WIC) providing services to high-risk families from low-income communities. If you think you qualify, you must apply to the holder of your loan. The holder of your loan can answer any questions you have about loan discharge. Check with the school that made you the loan or with the school’s loan servicing agent.

For More Information

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (AND) eatrightPRO:
    • Membership
    • Grants and Scholarships
    • Scope of Practice
    • Evidence Analysis Library
    • Careers and Career Development
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTR). Recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper.
    • Accredited Programs
    • Coordinated Programs
    • Didactic Programs
    • Dietetic Internships
    • Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Programs
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR),, has sole and independent authority in all matters pertaining to certification. The CDR establishes and evaluates requirements, standards, policies and procedures for all levels of dietetics practice:
    • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) or Registered Dietitian (RD)
    • Effective 1/1/2017 Registration Examination for Dietitians Test Specification
    • New Graduate Degree Eligibility Requirement Effective January 1, 2024
    • Individuals with Foreign Degrees
    • Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) or Dietetics Technician, Registered (DTR)
    • NDTR OR DTR Pathways to Registration Eligibility
    • Effective 1/1/2017 Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians Test Specification
  • California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND):
    • CAND Foundation, Scholarships
    • CAND Districts
    • Students

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