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Financial Assistance
For GED, Skill Certifications
& Expungements

The Cooperative Ministry provides financial assistance to Columbia residents who do not have the financial means to get their GED, enroll in job training, or expunge their criminal record of certain offenses. Apply for assistance at The Cooperative Ministry to determine if you qualify:


This service will pay the cost of the GED test or up to $300 of the cost of professional certification or licensure (careers like, but not limited to, cosmetology, Commercial Driver’s License, or Food Service). 

The Cooperative Ministry aims to reduce barriers to more productive engagement in the workforce. The target is underemployed and unemployed adults who wish to enhance their qualifications for jobs that enable households to be financially self-sufficient.

This service is funded, in part, by a grant from Richland County.

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To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.