Financial Aid

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Our goal is to help students finance their education through all available means – federal, state, local and institutional funds. If you don’t find the answers to your questions, contact any of us for help with your financial aid, regardless of the campus where you attend. You may also e-mail the Financial Aid Office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Under FERPA guidelines, Financial Aid can only respond with specific account information to email accounts. 


Apply for Financial Aid:

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View our Quickstart Guide to Financial Aid for a brief walkthrough. When completing your application you will need to:

  • Select 2015-2016 school year if you plan to attend Summer 2016.  (Summer students also need to complete New River's Summer Financial Aid Application)  Select 2016-2017 school year if you plan to attend Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017.
  • Use your 2014 tax information to complete the 2015-2016 application.  Use your 2015 tax information to complete the 2016-2017 application.
  • New River's School Code is 039603


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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Overview of Financial Aid

Wondering what all this talk of Financial Aid is? Financial aid is a grant, loan, or scholarship that is awarded on a needs basis. Some financial aid must be paid back with interest and others do not. Watch this short video to give you a better understanding and then head over to our Financial Aid Application Process page for a more detailed walkthrough on how to get started.

FAFSA Overview

What is the FAFSA?  Why should I fill it out?  Here is a great short video to help you understand. Do you need help filling it out?  Visit our Financial Aid Application Process page for a step by step guide. Still having difficulty? Contact the Financial Aid Department.


Scholarship Roster

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship Program

The PROMISE Scholarship Program is a merit-based financial aid program available to West Virginia students who meet certain academic standards.

Program requirements: Students must have a core and cumulative grade point average GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet the minimum test score requirements on either the ACT or the SAT.

New River Foundation Scholarships


Scholarships and Tuition Waivers are available to eligible New River Community and Technical College students. Students must complete and submit a scholarship application by March 15 in order to be given priority consideration for the upcoming school year. Applications may be obtained on your campus or by requesting that one be mailed to you.

Local scholarships are available within the communities served by each New River campus. Students may contact the financial aid representative on their campus for a list of local scholarship opportunities. Good sources of information about the availability and deadlines of local scholarships include high school guidance counselors and local civic organizations such as Rotary, Lions, Civitan and Ruritan Clubs, as well as local women's organizations, the AAUW, PEOs and businesses. Students should also read local newspapers and listen to local radio/TV stations for announcements.

List of Scholarships



Welding Technology

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What does a welder do?

Graduates of the welding program can find a career in several fields of their choice. Careers include building trade apprenticeships, repair welding, pipefitter/welder, power industy welding, production welding, aircraft welding, pressure vessel construction, structural steel welding, soldering and brazing, automotive welding and fabricator. Basic skills of welding are the same across several industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed.

Learning by doing

New River CTC's Welding programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, WV and the welding lab located near the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Lewisburg, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of lab projects and individual assignments to learn and refine welding skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for American Welding Society (AWS) national certifications at our AWS Testing site at the Lewisburg location.

The facilities consist of seventeen individual booths that are equipped to provide training in the four main welding processes, OFW (oxy-fuel), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW(Tig). The Welding labs have a comprehensive array of metal working equipment including a metal sheer, CNC plasma torch, an ironworker, a plate roller, and individual fabrication tables.


Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. This growth reflects the need for welders in the manufacturing process. The median annual salary of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in was $40,700 in 2013. For New River CTC's service region click here.

For more information on New River CTC's service area in-demand jobs visit WorkForce West Virginia Labor Market Information.

Community Partners

The success of the welding program is in part by the input and direction of the welding advisory board members and employer partners/supporters.

Welding Curriculum

New River CTC offers advanced skill sets (ASSC), certificates of applied science (CAS) and associate's of applied science (AAS) degrees within the structural and pipe welding career pathways. These offerings have been developed in a way that leads to stackable credentials as a student moves through various stages of their program. The consolidated program has been aligned with industry needs and equips students to enter multiple career pathways in the welding field.

General Welding ASSC (18 credit hours)

Physical Plant Welding ASSC (15 credit hours)

Welding Technology CAS (30 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding CAS (36 credit hours)

Welding Technology Structural Welding AAS (60 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding AAS (60 credit hours)

Student Success Stories






Q      How long will it take me to complete this program?

A.     The program is designed to take 4 semesters to complete.

        The percent of graduates from this program that are

       finished in this time frame are:

                2013-2014                                            100%

Q.           What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A.            The job placement rate for students who complete the program is by year:

                2013-2014                                            100%

Q.           What is the success rate of those graduates that complete the NREMT exam?

A.           Success rates from the National Certifying exam for eligible graduates are based as


                2013-2014 Course Graduates-

                                Cohort:                 Mercer County Campus                                TBA        50%

                                Cohort:                 Nicholas County Campus              TBA        86%

                                Cohort:                 Greenbrier County Campus        TBA        100%    

                                Cohort:                 Raleigh County Campus                TBA        75%

Q.           Are the EMS Educations programs accredited by a national accrediting body?

A.            Yes, the EMS Education program at New River CTC is accredited by the Committee on

              Accreditation of Allied Health Education Professions by recommendation of the

              Committee on Accreditation of EMS Education Programs.




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Refund checks will begin being mailed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Students will receive an email verification through their College email account once their refund check has been mailed. Checks cannot be picked up in person, and attendance will be verified prior to mailing refund checks.