FINANCIAL AID INFO: Available For Those Who Qualify
The first step on the road to financial aid assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As indicated, the application is free and the applicant is under no obligation to attend any school listed on the application.
To access the application electronically, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Tips for completing the application:
Be sure to apply for a FSA ID. This is how you will electronically sign your application. If you are considered a dependent (see dependency status worksheet at the FAFSA site), one parent will also be required to apply for a FSA ID and to sign the application.
Include our school code #041469 on the application. This will allow the financial aid department at AWI to determine your eligibility for the PELL Grant, Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Loans upon receipt of your application. You can expect to receive an award letter detailing your eligibility within 10 days of submitting your application unless the application is incomplete.
If you are male and have not registered with Selective Service, you may request on your application to have your name forwarded to Selective Service for registration.
When determining which FAFSA application to complete, consider the academic year in which you will be attending. Most academic years begin July 1 and end June 30 of the following year. Please call the financial aid department at (802) 660-0600 if you are unsure which application to complete.
- You may access our Net Price Calculator.
Other Grants and Scholarships:
If you are a Vermont resident, apply for the Vermont Incentive Grant by visiting www.vsac.org. Click on Grants in the blue box to the right. The Vermont Incentive Grant is the first one listed. Click on How to Apply for further instructions.
Tip: Applicants will have to create a user id and password to apply!
Outside of Vermont:
Contact your state higher education authority to find out more about your state’s grant application and eligibility requirements.
VSAC Scholarship Program
If you are a Vermont resident and will be attending during the next academic year, apply for the VSAC-assisted scholarships. For more information about the programs, visit www.vsac.org.
American Welding Society (AWS) District Scholarship can be accessed at www.aws.org. Click on Education on the top toolbar then Scholarships and District on left side of the Scholarship page. Applications may also be obtained at AWI’s Financial Aid office.
Tip: Scholarship application deadline is March 1st for the following academic year.
If you or your parents are affiliated with organizations such as the Lion’s Club, Knight’s of Columbus or credit unions etc. check for scholarship opportunities. In addition, employers may have scholarship programs available for employees and their dependents.
The Department of Labor has been allocated funding to award WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) grants to those who qualify. Please contact your local Department of Labor for more information.
Additional Loan Options:
Direct PLUS Loan information can be found at www.studentloans.gov. Under Learn More click on Direct Loan Overview for more information.
The Vermont Advantage Loans, serviced by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC), are private loans available for students and parents. The student must apply with a co-signer for the Advantage Student Loan. Parents do not need to submit a co-signer for the Advantage Parent Loan. This loan requires a credit check and is available to Vermont residents or nonresidents attending a Vermont school. Visit www.vsac.org for more information.
Tip: You are not required to take either of these loans. If you, or your parents, have other resources that are more beneficial to your financial situation, please feel free to explore those possibilities. However, if you are an enrolled student, the financial aid department requires that you contact us as soon as all private financing is secured.
Our programs are GI Bill accepted for the use of educational benefits. Apply at www.gibill.va.gov.
GI Bill®: For those who qualify that are members of Active Duty, National Guard, Selective Service, and their families. GI Bill Benefits will assist you to cover the payment of education for AWI’s Full-Time Programs. For more information about eligibility for the education benefits, you can contact the Veterans Administration at the phone number 1-888-442-4551 (Hit #1, then #0).