Animal medicine is a growing job field even amidst a sluggish economy, and the demand for veterinary technicians are expected to rise significantly within the next several years. Regionally, both large cities and smaller towns, including rural communities, are seeing more openings for vet techs, making it worth while to consider training for.
But the question many people first wonder when considering school is: “How will I pay for this training?” Trying to find ways to finance schooling can seem like a maze, especially for those looking at college or other post secondary training for the first time. With a little looking around and research, however, it should not be too difficult to find financial help for veterinary technician training.
Tips About Financial Aid:
Financial aid is one of the most used and convenient methods for getting the money you need to help cover your training. Most college offices and other training facilities can even help you through the process of understanding how to properly fill out financial aid forms.
If you are unemployed or underemployed, many states will automatically qualify you for financial aid as they try to bolster the population of those with education that allows them to be more employable in the changing economic trend.
There is also information available directly online that will can provide a walk-through of how to fill out the financial aid forms and what information you will need, such as income tax return information and annual gross income, total household income and Social Security number. Be sure to read the guide thoroughly before filling out the application.
Other Considerations and Costs:
If you do not qualify for financial aid, there are some scholarships and grants that may also be available. College financial aid and funding specialists can help find other sources to help you pay for your veterinary tech training, so be sure to speak to them if you have any questions or concerns.
Comparing several schools, whether online or traditional campuses, vocational schools or sites, is also something worthwhile to research. The cost of veterinary technician training at accredited schools can differ widely from program to program, with entry level certifications typically cost $800-$2000. Associates Degrees and Bachelor Degrees may run from $5000-$12,000 or more, respectively.
Also be sure to find out directly from the training facility about any lab costs or additional fees before you enroll. While financial aid, grants or scholarships may cover these costs, it is not unusual to have to purchase books and additional material out of pocket.