Dreaming of a career in Culinary Arts? Maybe managing your own auto mechanics garage fuels your thoughts or you would love to become an electrician.
In recent years, interest in trade school education has grown. The increased need for workers skilled in the trades, as well as the current economic downturn have resulted in larger numbers of students seeking out vocational and trade education.
Trade schools encompass a wide variety of hands-on education, from HVAC to carpentry to cosmetology. In the past, financial aid has been hard to come by for these areas of study, but that is no longer the case. Today, aid opportunities abound for those who have the desire to attend trade school. One of the greatest of these aid opportunities come in the form of trade school grants.
Trade School Grants
Receiving a trade school grant is not the same thing as obtaining a student loan or being awarded a scholarship. Student loans are exactly what their name implies; they are loans which need to be repaid— with interest. Scholarships do not require repayment, but are usually based on evidence of superior academic achievement.
Grants, on the other hand, are bestowed as free, no-strings-attached money. Economic need is the typical basis on which they are awarded. Sorting through the different categories of grants requires both time and effort, but it is time and effort well spent. The payoff can be lucrative.
What Kinds of Trade School Grants Are Available?
There is a variety of grants available. Some of the most common:
- Need-based grants
- Grants for women
- Low income grants
- Returning grants
- Minority grants
- Disabilities grants
Who Are They Available From?
Those who specialize in trades such as HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, and auto mechanics, among the many career choices available to trade school students, may pursue their education at a community college, a technical school, or a university at an undergraduate or graduate level.
Good sources for trade school grants, for students on the path of a particular trade career, are:
- Community and technical colleges—both local and regional
- Trade and professional organizations
- State and federal government