Financial Aid

Welding School Tuition Payment Options

There are several ways to pay your welding school tuition at Heartland Welding Academy in Wichita. If you’re paying directly, we accept cash, check, money order and wire transfer payments. In addition, scholarships, grants, financing and federal financial aid are available to those who qualify. We also accept VA education benefits (GI Bill).

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant and Direct Loan) is available to those who qualify.

Students may apply for Federal Student Aid by filling out the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

For detailed information on preparing to fill out, completing, and submitting the FAFSA form please visit

Eligibility requirements for Federal Aid Programs consist of U.S Citizenship or permanent residency, enrollment or accepted enrollment in the school, and satisfactory progress in one’s program of study.  Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in HWA’s policy to remain eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid.

Department of Veteran Affairs Education Benefits

Heartland Welding Academy is able to accept Veteran’s Education Benefits. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Grant Opportunities

Kansas Workforce Development

(as part of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act/WIOA Title I)
Heartland Welding Academy is approved as an eligible training provider through Kansas Workforce Development, which offers grants and funding opportunities throughout the year.

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SER Corporation of Kansas

SER (Service, Education and Re-Training) is a direct grantee for the NFJP (National Farmworker Jobs Porgram). To qualify, you must have worked in an agricultural environment in the past two years, be authorized to work in the U.S. and meet certain income and farm work criteria.

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American Indian Council

Is funded by the WIOA Section 166 Indian & Native Programs Employment & Training Program. To be eligible to apply you must be an enrolled member or a verifiable descendant of a federally recognized tribe.

For more info contact 800-546-4898.

Scholarship Opportunities

Heartland Welding Academy maintains a list of scholarship opportunities that are available.  Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships that are available from their local community

American Welding Society

Multiple scholarship options available. Application deadlines and selection dates vary.

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Mike Rowe Works

The Work Ethic Scholarship Program is for people in skilled trade training programs.

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Wichita Manufacturers Association

Visit the WMA website for information.

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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

Scholarships for students pursuing degrees that will lead to manufacturing careers.

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Entrance Counseling
Students who are eligible to receive Federal Aid are required to complete Entrance Counseling prior to the release of any funds.  Entrance Counseling is completed online at

Exit Counseling
Students receiving Federal Financial Aid are required to complete Exit Counseling at program completion.  Exit counseling can be completed at .  Students will not receive their graduation documents & certifications until Exit counseling has been completed.

Self Certification Form
Students have the right to seek out their own private lending. Heartland Welding Academy recognizes this right, and requests that students fill out a Self Certification Form. Please contact the Financial Aid Director for details.

Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

For any questions regarding financial assistance please reach out to the Financial Aid Director, Jessica Friedrichs, 316-776-5246 or

Payment Periods
SAP is evaluated based on payment periods.  A payment period is defined in clock hours and weeks of instructional time. The Practical Pipe and Structural Code Welding Program has two payment periods. The first payment period begins when a student starts their program, and ends when the student has reached half of the scheduled hours/weeks of instruction time. This is also defined by HWA as the program Midterm. The second payment period begins after the program Midterm and ends when the student has completed their program. See below for details.

The Structural Code Welding Program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, and only has one payment period, which begins when a student starts their program.

Structural Code Welding

  • 1st payment period: 0-360 hours / 12 weeks
  • 2nd payment period: N/A

Pipe & Structural Code Welding

  • 1st payment period: 0-360 hours / 12 weeks
  • 2nd payment period:  361-720 hours / 12 weeks

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  • 90% hands-on training
  • Day and evening classes
  • Financial Aid available (for those who qualify)
  • 16:1 student-to-instructor ratio
  • Courses start every month (based on availability)
  • Graduate in as little as 12 weeks!

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