Explore Options for Funding Your Investment in Trade School

An education is the best investment you could make because it’s in yourself. Vocational training comes with a price tag, however, and you may be unsure about how to pay for it.

Fortunately, there’s funding out there to help cover the cost of trade school. We’re here to help you find it.

See how you could lower the cost on your vocational training investment even more.

Ways to Save on Your Trade School Investment

There’s funding for vocational training available that does not have to be paid back. The funding is usually earned as you progress in your classes.

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Federal Grants

Federal grants are often called “gift aid” because they don’t have to be repaid once you complete the program. Grants are typically awarded based on financial need.i
Learn More About Federal Grants.



Scholarships are another form of “gift aid”, but they’re usually merit-based. This means students must meet certain qualifications in order to be considered for an award.i
Learn More About Scholarships.

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Military Benefits

Funding to help with the cost of trade school is available to active duty, reserve and veterans under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, Reserve GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB).ii Learn More About Military Benefits.

Special Pricing

Special pricing may be available to eligible military members:

  • Active Duty
  • Reserves
  • National Guard Members
  • Veterans
  • Active Duty Spouses and Dependent Children
  • Military Retirees
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans

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Ways to Fund Your Trade School Investment

Grants, scholarships and other forms of “gift aid” can go a long way for many students in helping to pay for trade school, but they usually don’t cover the entire cost. Many students take out loans or arrange payment plans.

Student Loans

A student loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. The federal government, banks and other private organizations can be lenders. Federal student loans usually offer more benefits than private loans.iii

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Zero-Interest Payment Plan

With this type of payment plan, no interest is charged on the balance owed while the student is attending classes and making payments. Tulsa Welding School offers this option to students who want to pay all, or a portion, of the cost on their own.iv


Questions? We’re Here to Help

Do you qualify? Will you have to pay the money back? Is there just one application?

We have you covered. Our Financial Aid Advisors are available to answer all of your questions. We’ll help you map out a plan to fund your investment in vocational training.

Additional Sources

Accredited School, ACCSC. TWS-Jacksonville located at 1750 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 is recognized by ACCSC as a satellite location of TWS-Jacksonville located at 3500 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC) in Houston and TWS-Jacksonville are branch campuses of Tulsa Welding School, located at 2545 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104. Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by OBPVS and ASBPCE. Jacksonville, FL campus is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2331. TWSTC and TWS in Tulsa, OK are approved by TWC. TWS in Jacksonville is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-668. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. TWS in Jacksonville is also regulated by: Office for Career and Technical Schools, 10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 308, Indianapolis, IN 46204; [email protected]; http://www.in.gov/dwd/2731.htm. GI Bill® Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). The AOSWT program is an Associate of Occupational Studies degree program and is not an academic degree. The AOSWT program is not approved for the following states: CO, GA, LA, MN, and TX. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at: http://www.tws.edu/student-resources/regulatory-information/.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship TWS offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to TWS. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

* According to 2019 IPEDS data TWS has the largest total combined enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. with the designated largest program of CIP Code Welding Technology/Welder.

** https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

1 Total number of estimated graduates for TWS calculated based on historic data available as of 12/31/2020.

2 Tulsa area annual mean wage is $46,390, Jacksonville area annual mean wage is $42,910 and Houston area annual mean wage is $51,260 for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers (514121) reported by BLS as of May 2019 http://data.bls.gov/oes. Average starting salary for Professional Welder is $35,863 for TWS Tulsa, $35,157 for Jacksonville, and TWSTC is $39,216 for graduates employed during the 12 month period of 7/1/19-6/30/20.

3 According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 10,420, Florida employed 13,510 and Texas employed 48,940 welders, cutters, solderers (514121) as of May 2020. http://data.bls.gov/oes

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