What Is a Grant?

A grant is a sum of money paid by the government or other organization that does not have to be repaid if all requirements are met. Students typically receive grants based on financial need. Grant funding can be affected by program length, school status and withdrawing.
Who awards grants? They can come from several sources:

  • Federal government.
  • State government.
  • Trade schools.
  • Nonprofit organizations.
  • Private organizations.

There are certain circumstances under which a federal grant might have to be repaid:

  • You withdraw early from school.
  • You switched to part-time enrollment.
  • You received other grants or scholarships that reduce your need for federal student aidii.

Read more about federal grant programs.

What You Need to Know about Federal Pell Grants

Trade school students with a demonstrated financial need may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.These grants are typically awarded only to those who have not yet earned a professional, bachelor’s, or graduate degree.iii, iv The need qualification is determined by the government and not the school.


Award Amount Factors

Several factors can influence how much money you could be awarded under a Federal Pell Grant:

  • The cost of your training program.
  • Whether you plan to attend school part-time or full-time.
  • Your Expected Family Contribution.
  • If you will be enrolled in school for a full academic year or less.

How Federal Pell Grants Are Distributed

Our Financial Aid Department could pay you directly, apply your Federal Pell Grant funds to your school costs or a combination of these two optionsiii. In many cases, the grant money is first applied toward your tuition and fees, then any sum left over is paid to you for other training-related expenses.

How to Apply for a Federal Pell Grant

Your first step toward seeing if you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) formvi.

For more information, visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page or call the Financial Aid Department at (855) 232-0586.

How to Keep Your Pell Grant

The two main requirements to keeping your Pell Grant are staying enrolled in your training program and filling out the FAFSA form every year you’re still in trainingvii.

Have Questions about the Pell Grant?

Our Financial Aid Advisors are here to help. Give us a call to discuss your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and how to apply.

*Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

(855) 232-0586

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.

iEmployment is expected to grow for Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers (514121) in the US by 44,600 jobs, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in the US by 37,700 jobs, Electricians (472111) in the US by 73,500 jobs, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (472152) in the US by 42,600 jobs, Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (499051) in the US by 9,700 jobs from 2022 to 2032. www.careeronestop.org - sponsored by the Department of Labor, www.bls.gov, reported as of May 2023. Data pulled April 2024. Visit www.tws.edu/oes for specific details and data backups.

* 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

**** 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 Entry Level Welder Salary: Hourly Rate, Entry Level Hvac Technician Salary: Hourly Rate, Electrician Entry Level Annual 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.

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.

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