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Federal Student Aid Available for Application

To apply for federal student aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for aid will be determined once the institution receives the student’s information. If you have questions about financial aid or the FAFSA, please call the Financial Aid Administrator at 1.877.647.4111 or contact your local campus.

Program Aid Type Maximum Annual Amount
Federal Pell Grant Grant $6,495
Subsidized Stafford Loan Loan $3,500
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Loan $6,000
Plus Loan Loan Cost of attendance less any other aid received
Loans Terms and Conditions

Details about Direct Loans, including loan amounts, interest rates, repayment plans and other terms and conditions, can be found here.

Arclabs Financial Aid Policy and Procedures

Arclabs’ policies and procedures for administering financial aid can be found in the Arclabs Financial Aid Policy and Procedures Manual.

Percentage of Students Receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid

As of December 31, 2019, the percentage of enrolled students receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid was 82%. As of December 31, 2019, the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants was 71%.

*Financial aid options available for those who qualify

Other Available Funding

  1. State Funding

    Arclabs is a South Carolina and Texas state-approved training provider. Therefore, students who are unemployed or underemployed could qualify for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. To learn more about this type of funding and to see if you qualify, visit your local SC Works or Texas Workforce Commission office or contact one of our school locations.

  2. Veterans Benefits

    All Arclabs locations are approved to accept Veterans benefits, including the GI Bill® and Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation.

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

  3. Payment Plans

    Arclabs offers payment plans. Please contact your local campus for more information.

    Financial aid is available to those who meet the eligibility requirements of the individual funding source, and not all financial aid sources are available for all programs. Please contact your local campus for details.

    Note that students or parents of students who enter into an agreement for a direct loan will have the loan information submitted to NSLDS, and the loan information will be accessible by authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions.

    Federal Financial Aid Programs (Title IV) are available only for the 900 Hour Advanced Welding program and the 1300 Hour Master Welder program at all our locations. Additional information on direct loans is available by speaking with one of our Financial Aid Administrators at those locations.

    Note: Any student convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs while receiving federal student aid may become ineligible to receive aid for all or part of the school year.

    Click here to learn how to complete your FAFSA.

  4. Climb Credit Loan

    Arclabs has a partnership with Climb; a private, third party loan vendor for students to help pay for their tuition. Please contact your local campus for full details or visit the site to explore options.

    Arclabs Payment Options | Climb Credit

  5. Scholarships and Awards

    Welding Now Scholarship

    This scholarship provides a tuition discount up to $1,000 to a prospective student who is determined to have a financial gap – the balance between aid available and tuition and fees – after applying all financial aid options available.

    Prospective students who meet all the eligibility requirements can submit their applications to their local campus’s Financial Aid Office (see this office for eligibility requirements). Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Welding Now Scholarships are limited by each campus location. Approved students will be awarded a scholarship certificate by their campus’s Financial Aid Coordinator indicating the amount of the award. The Welding Now Scholarship has no cash value outside of Arclabs Welding School.


    Welding Competitions

    – Texas High School Welding Series (TXHSWS): “TXHSWS’s purpose is to develop the technical and employability skills necessary in today’s youth for tomorrow’s welding industry.” Their events include hosting welding certification events all over Texas, many being hosted at Arclabs Welding School in Houston. For more information on events and tuition scholarships:

    – South Carolina: Each year, Arclabs’ Piedmont, Charleston, and Columbia campuses hold a one day welding skills competition for local high schools and offer a variety of tuition awards to participating students.


    American Welding Society (AWS) Scholarships

    Every year, the AWS gives out several scholarships to students who currently enrolled, or will soon enroll, in a welding program. Scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. “An AWS Foundation scholarship can be the extra push that helps you fulfill your goals!”

    For eligibility information and to apply:


    Mike Rowe Ethics Scholarship

    In 2008, Mike created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs. This scholarship is given through the Work Ethic Scholarship Program to help students get trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.

    For eligibility information and to apply:


    Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)

    To keep the manufacturing field in America vital and growing, this industry needs a workforce that is prepared to keep pace with advances in technology. This group awards tuition scholarships to many skilled trades, including welding.

    For eligibility information and to apply:


    Tony Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

    This Memorial Scholarship (given through the AWS) honors the life of Mr. Thomas “Tony” Ferguson for his contributions to the welding industry and to his long-standing success at Fluor Corporation. Priority for the fund is given to welding students who reside in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    For eligibility information and to apply at: