This opportunity is only available for Texas students

To address EMS staffing challenges across Texas, the Texas legislature has allocated $21.7 million to support EMS education and retention as part of Senate Bill 8 (SB 8). This will allow individuals to pursue the EMS career they want with tuition help if approved.

Who is Eligible for Funding?

All EMS providers currently licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services are eligible for scholarship funding. Additionally, anyone interested in becoming an EMT with an official sponsor (EMS agency) can apply.

How To Apply For Funding?

Texas residents wishing to take advantage of this program will need to contact the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) office associated with their area of residence. From there, the RAC office will help the applicant locate an EMS sponsor, if needed, and direct them to the application process for that district.

You will need to contact the National EMS Academy for our program information and projected start/end dates during the application process. To request that information, please email with the title “Help With SB8 Funding”.

Funding Available per Student

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):  $2,000
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT):  $3,200
  • Paramedic:  $8,000


You must have the approval of funding before starting class. DO NOT start a class before receiving final approval, as any class that begins without prior approval will not be funded.