Financial Aid and Scholarships

Outreach Training Institute awards a limited number of partial scholarships and income-based financial aid for our CASAC training programs. Highest priority is given to those who apply early. Additional opportunities are offered through a variety of funding partners including the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department ACCES-VR.

All applications for scholarships and financial aid are reviewed by an admissions committee. Submission of financial documents are are required to determine eligibility for income-based partial tuition coverage. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to employment and have the potential for career advancement in the substance abuse treatment field during and beyond their time at Outreach Training Institute.

When any scholarship is awarded, recipients must meet certain requirements to maintain good standing, demonstrating satisfactory progress towards graduation and CASAC credentialing. We also offer monthly installment plans for tuition payment.


Applicants who are eligible and approved for ACCES-VR benefits can attend Outreach Training Institute at no cost. Funding is sponsored by the New York State Education Department, a longtime funding partner with OTI. Following ACCES-VR enrollment, candidates are invited to participate in OTI’s standard admissions process. Contact your local county office for more information. You can also visit the ACCES-VR website here.

Financial Aid

Our current tuition rates are as follows:

  • 350Hr CASAC Program – $5,950.00
  • 135Hr CASAC Program – $2,295.00

Individuals with an annual income not exceeding $28,000 can apply for the Workforce Development Scholarship, which covers 25% of the tuition costs . Monthly installment plans are available to cover the remaining $4,462.50 tuition amount.* Applicants must demonstrate financial need, commitment to employment in the substance abuse treatment field, and the potential for career advancement in the field, as determined by the Admissions Committee.

**NEW** OTI has received funding for a limited number of 50% scholarships. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as well as a commitment to providing substance abuse services to traditionally under-served populations, with an emphasis on linguistically and culturally diverse populations (as determined by the Admissions Committee). The scholarship will cover 50% of the tuition ($2,975.00). Monthly installment plans are available to cover the remaining tuition amount. If you think you qualify for the scholarship, please don’t hesitate to submit your documentation.

Please note: If accepted, students must submit the first two (2) installment payments up front, and the remaining 8 payments to be made on the 1st or 15th of each month thereafter; depending on the enrollment date of the student.

Please see our Partial Scholarship Eligibility Scale below to determine whether you are eligible for either a 25% or 50% partial scholarship.

Please note there are NO partial scholarships awarded for the 135Hr CASAC Program.

If you wish to apply for our CASAC training programs, please refer to our CASAC Training page for more information and how to apply.