If retraining is identified through the vocational process, an injured worker may accept or decline the opportunity to participate. WSI's School Coordinator provides guidance on class schedules, tutoring assistance, and monitors academic progress.
Once retraining is completed, WSI offers the following assistance if the injured worker would like to continue their education.
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
- Applicant has obtained a high school diploma or equivalent education
- Injured worker is not eligible for retraining under rehabilitation services
The maximum amount payable on behalf of an applicant may not exceed $50,000 and must be payable within 5 years.
Scholarships may be granted to an injured worker, or the spouse or children of an injured worker when:
- A retraining program is completed
- There is an exceptional circumstance
- There is a catastrophic injury
- There is a death resulting from a compensable injury
The maximum amount payable is $10,000 per year for no more than 5 years. (The 5-year maximum for injured workers who attended a retraining program includes the years of retraining under the vocational rehabilitation statute.)
Scholarships are paid directly to the accredited college or technical institution and include tuition, books, and fees.