Revised June 1st, 2019

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 that each individual applicant 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 case worker. Good luck in your search for funding.

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.

  • UMOS – Farming Grant contact Mary Kay Merling – Office – 660-259-3432 Cell – 816-714-4333. LeaAnn – 417-356-0147. Students qualify with recent farm work history.
  • WIA – Grant through local career centers. Students must qualify according to WIA standards. Call us and we will locate an office near you.
  • GAMM – gamminc.org or call Vicky at 660-213-3221. Students must qualify according to GAMM standards. Northeast Missouri students only.
  • AWS Scholarship https://scholarship.aws.org/applications/
  • Mike Rowe Works Scholarship profoundlydisconnected.com
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – Grant through local office. Students must qualify for this via IEP, ADD, ADHD, etc. Call us and we will locate an office near you.
  • A+ – MWI approved scholarship of $1,000.00 for having the A+ certification.
  • MWI Welding Competition – Annual Welding Competition for High School Seniors held every January. Every participant receives a $1,000.00 MWI Scholarship
  • National FFA Scholarships The FFA Organization awarded $2.2 MILLION in scholarships in 2016. Check out their website at: https://www.ffa.org/participate/scholarships

Also check out their catalog of scholarships at:

https://www.ffa.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/scholarship_2017_catalog.pdf

  • Sallie Mae Scholarships – Sallie Mae (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 SallieMae.com/ScholarshipSearch
  • MISSOURI FARM BUREAU Vocational Scholarship – 4 – $500.00 Scholarships

For more information – Click Here Deadline is March 31st

Student Loan

  • Sallie Mae Career Training Loan – It only takes about 15 minutes to apply online and get a credit result.  Students can apply up to 300 days prior to the loan period begin date.

​For more information or to apply online at:

www.salliemae.com/student-loans/career-training-smart-option-student-loan

​or call Sallie Mae at:

(877)279-7172

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

Loan Limits: Minimum – $1,000.00 — Maximum of $28,640.00 (or 60% above tuition)

Repayment Terms: Standard term is for 10 years (with no penalty for early payoff)​

Deferment: Loans may be deferred up to 6 months after graduation​

Borrower and Co-borrower Eligibility: US Citizen with Permanent US Residency. Co-Borrower must have a 650+ credit score.

Interests Rates: Varies depending on Borrowers and Co-Borrowers credit score.