We work with single parents, both moms and dads, who want to build a brighter future for their families. We partner with you to figure out a career plan, complete any education or training needed for a career, and find that first job. Parents must be willing to meet with an Advisor, once or twice a month, to create and follow a plan that helps you reach your goals. If you want to bring your power and apply, read on.

Thank you for your interest in Project Self-Sufficiency!

The Selfpower program model is an education and career pathways program. The two program pathways currently offered at Project Self-Sufficiency are:

GED Program – 

Applicants seeking high-school equivalency (GED) must provide recent TABE scores (12 months or less). Project Self-Sufficiency will pay for testing on behalf of Applicants, in order to remove financial barriers to completing this requirement. 

  1. Project Self-Sufficiency requires Reading scores of 536 or higher and Math scores of 496 or higher. 
  2. A composite score can be considered when one score is a bit too low. Project Self-Sufficiency requires a composite score of 1032 or higher.

Post-Secondary Program – 

Applicants seeking a Certificate, Associate, or Bachelor’s degree must follow our Post-Secondary education track, including career exploration, adult education, and career placement activities. We do not accept people into the program who already have a Bachelor’s degree.  

There are some educational pathways that Project Self-Sufficiency will not support due to low wages, as reported by the Department of Labor, including, but not limited to, Cosmetology/Barber, Massage Therapy, and Esthetician. We also do not support attending for-profit, private educational institutions due to financial risk and/or lack of accreditation. 

Step 1: Am I eligible?

1. I am single, living on my own or with family and friends, but not with an intimate partner (i.e. spouse, ex, boy/girlfriend).

2. I live in Larimer County or Weld County, CO.

3. I am at least 18 years old, as of today’s date.

4. I am a low-income head of household (see table below).

Project Self-Sufficiency uses 225% of the Federal poverty level to determine program eligibility. The following guidelines are used:

Family Size Including Parent Maximum Annual Income Maximum Monthly Income
Single parent with 1 child $45,990 $3,832
Single parent with 2 children $58,095 $4,841
Single parent with 3 children $70,200 $5,850
Single parent with 4 children $82,305 $6,858
Single parent with 5 children $94,410 $7,867

*retrieved from on 2/3/23. Poverty guidelines are updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).

5. I am the primary parent responsible for at least one child 15-years-old or younger living with me 50% of the time. We may ask for documentation of this upon request.

6. I can demonstrate my: (a) need for a GED or post-secondary education and career planning services that will lead to a self-sufficient wage; (b) ability to prepare for full-time employment; and (c) willingness to work with, and receive guidance from, an Advisor to achieve my goals. 

7. I am legally able to work and attend school in the United States  (i.e. a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.)

Step 2: I want to bring my power and apply.

In order to enroll in Project Self-Sufficiency, you must submit a completed application. The application is a simple form that asks for basic information. In addition to the completed application, we require a letter of recommendation from someone who can comment on your strengths and desire to become self-sufficient. This individual could be a counselor, employer, minister, teacher, etc., but not a friend or family member.

 Fill out an application online by clicking the button below. The online form is mobile-friendly.

Contact us if you are having trouble with the online application or come by during our Loveland office hours Mondays-Thursdays from 10am-2pm. Map to Loveland  (1810 Boise Ave., Loveland CO 80538)

Step 3: I am ready to learn more.

After applying, complete two 20-minute, virtual Help Sessions with one of our Advisors. This allows you to become more informed about our program and receive assistance addressing any critical needs you are facing. Help Sessions are currently provided Monday-Thursday either virtually (via Zoom) or phone.

After submitting your application, you will be sent instructions for scheduling your Help Sessions. If you aren’t sure if you are eligible, please contact us before applying and our staff will be in touch. If you have any questions, please contact us at 970-635-5912.

Step 4: I am ready for an interview. (openings for interviews vary)

When openings for the program become available, appropriate applicants are invited to complete an in-depth interview to determine if they are a good fit for the program. Applicants are invited to participate in the interview process only after they have completed their two help sessions. It is very important that you keep us informed of any changes in your contact information once you apply, otherwise we will be unable to notify you of an opening.

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