Merrill Institute

Student Information

Payment Options

Private Loans

Many banks and credit unions offer alternative or private student loans (educational loans).  The rates and conditions for these loans depend on the lender, so it’s important to make sure you carefully review all of the information provided.  Most private loans are based on credit, and some borrowers may need a cosigner.

  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Team One Credit Union
  • Wanigas Credit Union
  • Frankenmuth Credit Union
  • Community State Bank
  • United Financial Credit Union
  • TLC Community Credit Union
  • Members First Credit Union
  • Dow Chemical Employees CU
  • Tuition Assistance for Rural & Farm Families
  • Mercantile Bank 

If acquiring a private loan isn’t an option, the Merrill Institute offers students support through payment plans. Please contact an enrollment specialist at 989.462.0322 for more information regarding payment options.

Scholarships & Search Tools

Looking for help to fund your career in welding? There are scholarships available!

The Merrill Institute works with students to accept scholarships or grants through the generosity of the organizations who provide funding. Click the links below to apply for available scholorships.

Scholarship Applications

American Welding Society (AWS) Walmart Foundation Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation

StudySoup Scholarship

LEADS and Workforce Tuition Scholarship

Local Scholarships

Greenville Area Community Foundation Saginaw Community Foundation Midland Community Foundation Central Michigan Manufacturing Association 

Telamon Corporation


Veteran & Veteran Beneficiary Scholarship Opportunities

America’s Child Higher Education Assistance Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Children’s of Veterans Tuition Grant Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships Fisher House Scholarship for Military Children Folds of Honor Scholarship Google SVA Scholarship Imagine America’s Military Award ProgramLeave No Veteran Behind  Military Officers Association Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship National Guard Association of Michigan Tuition Grants Navy: Anchor Scholarship Navy: Dolphin Scholarship Navy Supply Corp Scholarship  Our Family for Families Pat Tillman Military Scholarship The Spouse Education Assistance Program Veterans United Foundation War Veterans Scholarship Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans Scholarship

Search Tools

Student Scholarship Search USA Funds FASTWEB College Scholarships for Michigan

Smart Scholar


TAA (Trade Adjustment Act) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funds are available for dislocated workers who are eligible. BVR (Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation) provides services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment. Contact your local Unemployment Office for more information.

Veteran Benefits

Position yourself for success with a career in the growing, in-demand field of manufacturing. You can apply your VA Education Benefits to cover tuition costs for the Merrill Institute’s welding program.

Getting Started as a Student

Are you a returning veteran who would like to apply your VA Education benefits to the Merrill Institute, but not sure where to start? Use these suggestions to help you begin the process. Please note, veterans are required to be enrolled one month prior to start date to receive VA Educational Benefits.

Getting Started as a Student

Veterans Online Application

Service members, veterans and their beneficiaries can visit The Veterans On-Line Application website to apply for benefits online.

This is helpful to complete before you visit us at the Merrill Institute. Once you apply, we are able to help easily guide you through the process of applying your benefits toward our welding courses.

Veterans On-line Application


Do you have unused VA Education Benefits? Did you know you can transfer unused benefits to a spouse or child? To determine if you are eligible for transferring benefits, click the link below.

Transferring VA Benefits


Veteran Resources

How to Plan Wisely for Your Future
Residential Leases & The Military
Military Veterans Resource Center
Assistive Tech for Veterans and Military
Guide to Military Moves