What Is a Technical School Grant?
By Jean D
, last updated January 9, 2012
If you'd like to brush up on your knowledge and pick up some skills you can use in the job market, but money is too tight to allow you to pay for schooling on your own, it's time to find out about technology school grants and what they can do for you. It's a basic fact that having measurable skills is a distinct advantage in the job market, and technology schools are uniquely poised to give you those skills. However, it can be expensive to gain these important skills. Technology school grants really can save the day, and there are many of them available.
A technical school typically offers programs that take two years to complete. Students can take courses in computer programming, auto repair, culinary arts and much more. Sometimes these schools are called vocational schools or trade schools. In general, they try to prepare students to do one set of tasks with extreme precision so they can enter the job market as soon as they graduate. Even through these programs are relatively short when compared to four-year college or university programs, this doesn't mean they're cheap. Technical schools can still be quite expensive, so grants and loans are often required.
A grant is different than a loan in one significant way. You are not required to pay the money back at any time. The amount you're given doesn't count against your credit rating, and you don't have to pay interest or fees to get the money. You're just given a specific amount of money to use at an accredited school. By getting a grant, some of your schooling costs or all of those costs could be covered. This could provide you with a significant amount of help.
Many companies offer technology school grants because they'd like to hire qualified employees who walk into the jobs with the proper knowledge and skill set. These companies often contact the technology school directly to promote their grant program, so the financial aid office of your technology school is the best place to begin your search. You may walk out of that meeting with a long list of grants you can apply for. States and the federal government also offer technology school grants, but the amounts can vary from year to year and state to state. Once again, your school's financial aid office will have a list of grants you can apply for through the government.
Grant forms can be complicated, and the writers of the forms may ask you many questions about your educational history and financial health. Some grants are deliberately designed to provide more assistance to students with low incomes and low levels of education. Other grants focus more on your talent and career goals. Each time you sit down to fill out a grant application, remind yourself to take your time and be completely honest. Skipping questions or lying on your application could cause the grant agency to immediately reject your application. It makes sense to take your time to get it right.