There are a few different ways to get financial aid for trade school and they include scholarships, government grants and student loans.

Types of Financial Aid for Trade School

There are three major types of financial aid available for trade school programs. There are government grants, scholarships, and government loans.

Government Grants

Thought of as ‘gift aid’ because the money is free and doesn’t require re-payment. Grants are generally based on need and not scholarship.

  • Workforce Development Grant – Awards up to $7,500 per year.
  • Blue Ribbon Grant – Designed to recognize and assist veterans, active duty military personnel, and other related individuals. Awards up to $15,000 per year.”


Are normally given to students with high academic/test scores and outstanding ability in their chosen field. Most scholarships require the student to remain in good academic standing.

Student Loans

Require reimbursement and the interest rate will vary depending if they are privately or federally funded.

Getting Financial Aid for Trade School

You get financial aid from the school. Colleges normally have their own aid which can be applied for in scholarship, grant or loan form. There are also state and federal government funds awarded to students who need help with tuition. Don’t be shy, just talk to your potential school about your financial aid options. An admissions representative or a financial aid adviser will help you.

Private schools can have great financial aid programs so don’t be discouraged by the price. These funds are available both on need and accomplishment. Visit each of your potential schools websites, and look for their price-calculator(most schools have them). For an accurate estimation, you’ll need your tax documents to complete the calculations.

Where To start

You have start off by applying for the FAFSA. –

This can be done online or via ground mail. The FAFSA is a time-consuming process but a school’s financial adviser will be able to help to make it more efficient. The sooner the application is submitted, the more aid you may receive.

Fill the FAFSA First! – before applying for any other grants or scholarships, all awards are based on your FAFSA form.

Workforce Investment Act

Also read into the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds are often available for vocational school. These funds are offered at the state level and are used to help train for new vocations when they are unable to get a job in their current industry with their current skills.

The GI Bill

The GI Bill can be used for associate through advanced degrees, non-degree programs such as trade school, apprenticeships, work study programs and more.

Make sure the school you plan on attending accepts the GI Bill benefits before you apply. Talk to someone in the admissions office they’ll be able to answer your questions.

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