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In today’s society bachelor’s degrees are wonderful; however, the industry is asking for experience and or skills. Trade schools have become the fast track for building on the job training (OJT) and detailed knowledge in the subject matter.  As a result, there are thousands of scholarships and grants where no money has to be paid back.

By acquiring a trade you will not only be an asset to the working class but a major component to the rebuilding and liberation of our people.  You can help change the current conditions of our people here in the North Gate.

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 are 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.

A few types of grants are need-based grants, low-income grants, grants for women and many more.  Below is the process on how to apply for grants, please follow the guidelines for acquiring the grants:

How to Apply for Trade School Grants

The process of applying for trade school grants is a basic one, but requires attention to detail. The way to get financial aid money in the form of grants can be broken down into three fundamental steps.

Step One: File A FAFSA

Before applying for any other form of financial aid, this is the first step to take. File a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Filing this document ensures your consideration for federal grant programs, along with other forms of federal aid.

The FAFSA can be filed either electronically or by mail. To receive a faster response, file electronically. You can get the FAFSA online at Most important, fill out the form completely and be sure to file by the deadline. There are three deadlines associated with the FAFSA: federal, state, and school. Filing by the earliest deadline is the best option.

Information about you is included in the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for grant money.

Step Two: Wait for Your SAR

Several weeks after filing the FAFSA, you will receive a SAR, or Student Aid Report. The SAR is a document which outlines your EFC, Expected Family Contribution, to your educational expenses. If your EFC is a small amount, you are more likely to qualify for grants.

The Student Aid Report also contains a section specifying what kinds of federal aid you are qualified for. If the income you reported on your FAFSA was low, you may be eligible for a need-based grant. The Federal Pell Grant is one example of a need-based grant.

Whatever schools you indicated on your FAFSA will also get a copy of your SAR. Each school will review the information in your SAR and create a financial aid package to offer you, detailed in an award letter they will send out.

Step Three: Complete the Form for State Grants

Once you have your financial aid award letter from your prospective school or schools, if the funds offered are not enough to cover education costs, you have the option of applying for state funded grants as merit-based grants.

Merit-based grants are a general term for any grant that requires you to meet specific standards to qualify. Where need-based grants are mainly based on income, merit-based grants are based on a combination of academic and income factors. State grants typically require that your income not exceed a fixed amount, but you must meet certain grade requirements too.

Forms for merit-based grants can usually be found on the website for your specific state. The application process entails sending in verification of your grade point average to the student aid commission of your state. You become eligible for a grant if your GPA is high enough. Make sure to carefully read all the directions for the grant application for your particular state and pay attention to deadlines, submitting all forms and information requested in a timely manner.

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