Do you have the passion, drive and interest to pursue a health care career?  Pensacola State College’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program could be the key to your future.

The HPOG program provides education and support services to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals to help them achieve their goal of a rewarding and in-demand career in the health field.

Your Pensacola State College HPOG grant team will work with you to overcome barriers to your success. We offer a full menu of services to help you, from tuition, books and uniforms to childcare, life skills and employment workshops.

If you are ready to take charge of your future, then read on.  We look forward to talking with you soon!

The HPOG program was created by the Affordable Care Act to address the lack of skilled workers in the health care field. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. As of 2015, Pensacola State College was the only organization in Florida to receive an HPOG.   


Eligibility for HPOG is based on income.  Participants’ total household income must be no more than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

  • Figure out how many people are living in your home. Every person living at your address is considered a household member, including children, spouses or significant others, parents, other relatives, friends, and roommates.
  • In the chart below, find your household size and look directly underneath that number at the monthly/yearly income.
  • If your total income (for every person in the house) is not more than this amount, then you are eligible to submit an application.
Household Size 1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monthly Income 1,962 2,655 3,348 4,042 4,735 5,428 6,122 6,815
Yearly Income 23,540 31,860 40,180 48,500 56,820 65,140 73,460 81,780

For households larger than 8, add $693.50 per month or $8,321 per year for each additional household member.


Educational Services

  • Tuition and related fees
  • Program specific pre-admission tests
  • Immunizations and physicals
  • Educational supplies and uniforms
  • Textbooks
  • Tutorial services
  • College success workshops

Support Services

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Life skills and parenting workshops
  • Emergencies:A limited amount of support is available to help with an emergency that would prevent a student from being successful in meeting educational goals

Employment Services

  • Job coaching
  • Professional exam and license fees
  • Uniforms
  • Child care