MWI Financial Assistance 






















Dear Prospective Student,

Our goal is to provide students with the finest welding education, with a quality level far superior to that of any welding school in the nation. With this initial goal in mind, we have developed a financial assistance program to assist the student in securing funding for tuition, and additional living expenses. We are not part of the Federal (Nationally Accredited) Program; therefore we do not participate in Pell Grants and/or FAFSA school loans known as "Financial Aid". Our program is entitled "Financial Assistance Program".


Our initial mission is to assist the prospective student in finding and securing any and all free money grants that would be applicable under each agency's criteria for eligibility.


In order for us to assist prospective students with grants and/or tuition loans, we must first receive the Class Application Form and fee.


The grant agencies require the individual applicant to contact them directly. We do not determine your eligibility; each agency has their own methods of determining eligibility; therefore, all we do is officially refer you directly to the office, and in some cases directly to the individual caseworker. Good luck in your search for funding.


Please contact either Jerad, Wes, or Montana in our admissions department for assistance at 800-667-5885. We will gladly help those who simply ask.

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Jerad Hembree

Vice President/Director of Admissions

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Montana Hembree

Admissions Representative

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Wes Winchell

Admissions Representative

Grants and Scholarships


Here is a list of scholarships and grants for MWI. We also can use local scholarships as well. If you have any questions or need help getting in contact with these organizations, please contact the school anytime.

AWS Scholarship

View American Welding Society's scholarships here

A+ - MWI approved scholarship of $1,000.000 for having the A+ certification.


Students must qualify according to GAMM standards. Northeast Missouri students only. Visit or call Vicky at 660-213-3221.

Jerald Brown Welding Scholarship

Residents of Cass County with a GPA of 2.0 to 4.0 can apply for this $500 scholarship. All application materials must be e-mailed or postmarked by April 1, 2021. Click here to learn more. 

Mike Rowe Works Scholarship 

Learn more here.

MISSOURI FARM BUREAU Vocational Scholarship 

4 - $500.00 Scholarships

For more information, click here

MWI Welding Competition

MWI's Annual Welding Competition put on for high school seniors held every January. Every participant receives a $1,000.00 MWI scholarship.


National FFA Scholarships   

Click here to learn more about FFA's scholarships and grants.

SallieMae Scholarships 

SallieMae, a student tuition loan provider, awards more than 5 million college scholarships worth up to $24 BILLION in scholarship money. Check out their website at

UMOS - Farming Grant contact Mary Kay Merling - Office: 660-259-3432  Cel: 816-714-4333. Students qualify with recent farm work history.

Vocational Rehabilitation 

Grants through local office. Students must qualify for this via IEP, ADD, ADHD, etc. Call us and we will locate an office near you.

WIA - Grant through local career centers. Students must qualify according to WIA standards. Call us and we will locate an office near you.


Student Loans



Sallie Mae Career Training Student Loan - Fast approval process; typically within minutes.

For more information or to apply online at:

or call SallieMae at:

 (877) 279-7172

**Must have a start and completion date before applying for loan**

Loan Limits: Minimum: $1,000.00. Maximum up to 100% of the school-certified cost of attendance, unless other aid received. No aggregate limit. Pay expenses such as tuition, fees, books, housing, meals, and travel.

Repayment Terms:  Standard term is for 10 years (with no penalty for early payoff). Repayment terms vary based on repayment option, cumulative Sallie Mae Loan balance, and year in school.

Grace Period: Full principal and interest repayments begin 6 months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.

Borrower and Co-borrower Eligibility: US Citizen with Permanent US Residency.

Interests Rates: Varies depending on Borrowers and Co-Borrowers credit score. Get the latest rates at

When to apply: Students can apply up to 300 days prior to the student's start date.