Planning for your future in the skilled trades starts with knowing how to make it happen. With employers increasingly looking to hire those with technical training, trade school can be a crucial step on the path to becoming a welder, pipefitter, HVAC/R technician or electrician.1

But how much is tuition at TWS?

Are there ways to save on tuition and fees?

What funding options are available?

We know you need answers. That’s why TWS is transparent about costs. We give you the information you need up front, so you can make an informed decision about this important investment—perhaps the first of many you’ll make throughout your life.

Below are estimates for TWS tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Tuition Price Overview

Students Welding Related Programs
Tuition Price Range
HVAC/R Related Programs
Tuition Price Range
Non-Military Students $17,500 – $22,650 $16,900 – $19,700
Military Students $15,750 – $20,385 $15,210 – $17,730

Investment Cost Comparison

How does an investment in technical training stack up against other educational options or buying a new truck?

welding school tuition costs compared to college

Trade school can cost less than these other common investments, but how else does it compare? Learn more about the value of trade school.


Estimate Your Actual Costs

How much could financial aid lower the cost of your investment in trade school? Use our net training cost calculators to find out.

Tuition and Costs by Program –Effective 6/1/2022 Through 9/30/2024 (22/23 and 23/24 Award Years)

Whether you’re planning on becoming a welder, pipefitter, HVAC/R technician or electrician, TWS has a program for you. The cost of your specific training investment can depend on the vocational program you choose and your eligibility for scholarships, grants and other financial aid funding*.

Electrical Applications Refrigeration Technologies Electro-Mechanical technologies AOS in Welding Technology Upper Division Professional Welder Welding Specialist with Pipefitting Professional Welding with Pipefitting
Tuition: $16,900 $16,900 $19,700 $17,500 $18,700 $22,650 $22,650
Per Semester Credit Hour Tuition $625.93 $603.57 $563 $500.00 $748 $676 $629
Military Pricing Tuition * $15,210.0 $15,210.0 $17,730.0 $15,750.0 $16,830.0 $20,385.0 $20,385.0
Per Semester Credit Hour Military Pricing Tuition* $563.33 $543.21 $506.57 $450.00 $673.2 $609 $566
Technology Fee: 500 500 500 500 500 500 500
Lab Fees: 2,000 2000 2,000 1400 2000 2600 2600
Course Materials / Textbooks: 1100 1100 1200 2150 450 800 800
Gear Package: 850 850 850 350 850 950 950
Accident Insurance 100 100 100 300 300 300 300
Total Program Cost: $21,450 $21,450 $24,350 $22,200 $22,800 $27,800 $27,800
Total MTP Program Cost $19,760 $19,760 $22,380 $20,450 $20,930 $25,535 $25,535
*Military Pricing (MTP) is 90% of Tuition Price


Cost of Attendance Chart

The Cost of Attendance chart reflects estimated costs for non-institutional charges a student may experience while attending our institutions. These are derived based on average costs in the area identified from the most recent years’ Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

21/22 and 22/23 Monthly Cost of Attendance Budget Amounts
With Parents per month
Houston Jacksonville Tulsa
Room and Board   $     856.87  $        840.06  $      840.06
Travel   $     268.53  $        263.27  $      263.27
Personal   $     527.30  $        516.96  $      516.96
Total:   $  1,652.71  $    1,620.29  $   1,620.29
Off-Campus per month
Houston Jacksonville Tulsa
Room and Board   $ 1,318.26  $    1,292.40  $   1,292.40
Travel   $     268.53  $        263.27  $      263.27
Personal   $     878.84  $        861.60  $      861.60
Total:   $ 2,465.63  $    2,417.27  $   2,417.27
Welding Related Programs
HVAC/R-Related Programs

Ways to Save on Your Trade School Investment

Did you know there is funding for technical training that doesn’t have to be paid back?*

Typically, such funding can be available to Tulsa Welding School students as they progress in their 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.

military education benefits

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.


Questions? We’re Here to Help

Reviewing tuition and fee figures can give you an idea of how much your investment in technical training may cost, but it’s important to remember that financial aid could help offset these expenses. Our Financial Aid Advisors are standing by to answer your questions about tuition and if you qualify for funding.

*Financial aid available to those who qualify.
**Scholarships available to those who qualify.

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