Grants can Help Students Pay for Trade School.

More than half of TWS students received grants or scholarships to help fund their training investment during the 2017-2018 school year.i

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.

Pell Grant Award Amounts

The amount of money a student could receive from a Pell Grant changes each year. Below are the maximum amounts for the July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 award year and the July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 award year.

Award Year 2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021
Max Award Amount $6,195 $6,345

Children of public safety officers who died in the line of duty or military members who died while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq may be eligible for a larger Pell Grant award. Learn more here.


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 855-237-7711.

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) 237-7711

Additional Sources

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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.


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 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.

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