Retraining Assistance

Education Loan Fund

North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) has a revolving loan fund that provides low-interest loans to:

  • Injured worker
  • Surviving spouse or child of injured worker whose death resulted from a compensable injury and meets the definition of child at the time of the initial application
  • Surviving spouse or child of injured worker deemed to be catastrophically injured and meets the definition of child at the time of the initial application

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant has obtained a high school diploma or equivalent education
  • Injured worker is not eligible for retraining under rehabilitation services

The total amount loaned annually under this program may not exceed $2,500,000. The maximum amount payable on behalf of an applicant may not exceed $50,000 and must be payable within 5 years.

Scholarships

WSI may grant scholarships if WSI determines a scholarship would be beneficial and appropriate because of exceptional circumstances, upon successful completion of a rehabilitation program, or to the spouse and children of catastrophically injured workers.  Eligible recipients are:

  • The injured worker for whom the organization determines a scholarship would be beneficial and appropriate because of exceptional circumstances
  • The injured worker upon successful completion of a rehabilitation retraining program under subdivision g of subsection 4 of section 65-05.1-01
  • Surviving spouse or child of injured worker whose death resulted from a compensable injury and meets the definition of child at the time of the initial application
  • Surviving spouse or child of injured worker deemed to be catastrophically injured and meets the definition of child at the time of the initial application

The scholarships are paid directly to the school and include tuition, books, and fees at an accredited college or an institution of technical education.  The maximum amount payable is ten thousand dollars per year ($10,000) for no more than 5 years. (The five year maximum for retraining programs includes the years completed in a retraining program under the vocational rehabilitation statute.)