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.

federal grants

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

Military Benefits to assist with the costs of trade schools may be available to active duty, reserve and veterans under the TA, 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
  • 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 and/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 Student Financial Services representatives are available to answer all of your questions. We’ll help you map out a plan to fund your investment in training to become a skilled trades professional.

Meritize Student Loans

As part of our commitment to equal access to education, we’ve partnered with Meritize to offer student loans that are customized based on individual student performance! Learn more about Meritize.

Available to those who qualify. This service only applies to our Electrical Lineworker program.

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: Indiana Department of 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: https://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 benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Financial aid and 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.

12 Graduates initially employed in all 50 states according to our ACCSC Annual Report data for reports dated 7/1/18 – 7/1/2023.

13 Indicates the total number of current partnered employers across all TWS locations as of May 2023.

14 Total number of estimated graduates for TWS calculated based on historic data available as of Jan 1, 2023.

*,1 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.

iEmployment is expected to grow for Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers (514121) in the US by 47,600 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in the US by 40,100 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Electricians (472111) in the US by 79,900 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (472152) in the US by 48,600 jobs from 2021 to 2031. Employment is expected to grow for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (499051) in the US by 11,100 jobs from 2021 to 2031.https://www.careeronestop.org

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

**** Electrical Lineworker program is a short program and not eligible for Title IV funding due to the definition of an Academic Year.

1 Total number of estimated graduates for TWS calculated based on historic data available as of Jan 1, 2023.

2 Indicates the total number of current partnered employers across all TWS locations as of May 2023.

***, 2 https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Entry-Level-Welder-Salary , https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Entry-Level-HVAC-Technician-Salary , https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Electrician-Entry-Level-Salary

3 For students who started and completed their training during the 12-month period for which 150% of normal time for completion has elapsed and who attained employment in their field of study as outlined on our annual accreditation report dated July 2022. Refer to the most current Student Right-to-know Information for more details on calculation details https://www.tws.edu/student-resources/regulatory-information/

**, 10 AWS Welding Employment Stats: https://weldingworkforcedata.com/ Essential Disclaimer: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce Welding Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 9,010, Texas employed 48,380 and Florida employed 14,320, Tulsa employed 3,590, the Houston area employed 15,440, the Dallas area employed 9,910, and Jacksonville employed 1,260 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121). HVAC/R Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 5,370, Texas employed 30,670 and Florida employed 33,560, Tulsa employed 1,680, the Houston area employed 6,610, the Dallas area employed 10,230, and Jacksonville employed 2,320 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanical and Installers (499021). Electrician Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 7,910, Texas employed 64,360 and Florida employed 42,250, Tulsa employed 2,340, the Houston area employed 18,160, the Dallas area employed 17,600, and Jacksonville employed 3,510 Electricians (472111). Pipefitting Employment Stats: According to BLS data Texas employed 37,980,Florida employed 26930, Houston area employed 9,680 and Jacksonville employed 2,760 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters (472152). Lineworker Employment Stats: According to BLS data Texas employed 11,960 and the Dallas area employed 2,300 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (499051). BLS data is reported through May 2022 http://data.bls.gov/oes.

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