While everyone will agree that a technical or vocational education is not cheap, it doesn’t have to break your budget. Affording a quality education does take some planning, but most families can employ several strategies to keep the costs within reach.
Financial Aid for Your Technical/Vocational Education:
Perhaps the best source of information lies with the financial aid officers at the individual vocational or technical schools you are considering. They will be happy to talk with potential students and explain the full range of options that they offer, and may be able to provide some information on the outside school funding sources available. Understand that each school may offer different strategies and may have different policies. It is important to ask each school about the specifics of their various funding options and see how these options fit within your school financial planning.
To request specific information directly from each education provider please visit our Vocational Schools, Technical Schools, or Online Schools pages, find the schools that interest you, and request their information.
Links to Federal Financial Aid Information:
Finding and Applying for Grants
Intended for readers who are interested in applying to the U.S. Department of Education for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements.
Federal Student Aid Homepage
The Federal Student Financial Aid programs are the largest source of student financial aid in America, providing over $60 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you’ll find help from the government for every stage of the financial aid process, from the form and application on, whether you’re in school or out of school.
Funding Your Education Guide
Funding Your Education, an introductory publication for students not yet enrolled in a post secondary school, provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them.
The Student Guide
The Student Guide is the most comprehensive government resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department’s Student Financial Assistance office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
Other Student Financial Aid Web Sites:
Student Guide to Financial Aid
Portal for all types of student and college financial aid information (includes: forms, applications, scholarship information, a financial aid calculator, and more).
In addition, there are a number of financial aid resources available from the Federal Department of Education.