Tuition Assistance 

American Welding Academy is a new private institution and not apart of the Federal (Nationally Accredited) Program which means we can not accept Pell Grants and/or FAFSA school loans.  American Welding Academy does accept scholarships and grants. Enrolling students also may use personal loans backed with co-signing guardians and/or collateral to secure funds for tuition.    



Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA training is for occupations that are in-demand and are directly linked to employment opportunities in the local area. Register at www.jobs.mo.gov  

Please call the Missouri Job Center if assistance is required.  WIOA Case Manager, Kim Kopp can be reached for assisstance. Phone # 636-583-9649 


Scholarships and Grants

American Welding Academy does accept scholarships and grants.  Potential students are encouraged to investigate and apply for any scholarships and grants available that the student may be eligible for as this is a very useful tool in securing funding for program tuition. The following scholarships are specifically geared for vocational training. This is not a comprehensive list of all scholarship/grant opportunities available as there are thousands more not described below, it is highly recommended to investigate your local scholarship opportunities available.  Most agencies require the individual applicant to contact each program directly. Some links have been provided for your convenience.  


American Welding Society (AWS) Scholarships -  https://scholarship.aws.org/applications/ 

National FFA Scholarships - https://www.ffa.org/participate/scholarships OR https://www.ffa.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/scholarship_2017_catalog.pdf

Mike Rowe Works Scholarship - profoundlydisconnected.com

MISSOURI FARM BUREAU Foundation for Agriculture Vocational Scholarship - For more information - Click Here  

A+ Scholarship Program - American Welding Academy will provide each A+ Program student a $1000 scholarship for tuition costs starting in June 2020.  

Vocational Rehabilitation -  Grant that the student must be eligible for based upon having an IEP, ADD, ADHD, etc.  Student must contact local office.   For Missouri Residents https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation   Currently unavailable for American Welding Academy students as schools must be running for six months to be eligible per program requirements.  Vocational Rehabilitation will be available to American Welding Academy students starting Fall 2020.  


American Welding Academy's First Annual High School Senior Welding Competition 

High school seniors may compete to earn scholarship money to be used towards AWA tuition.  Over $315,000 will be awarded in scholarships and prizes. Click link below for more information.