Resources below for students and parents with guidance on how to navigate the college application process including finding the right school and understanding and locating as much free funding as possible.
Identify Your Technical School or College in Alabama

Alabama Community College System: This site provides students and parents information regarding all 25 community colleges and technical colleges throughout Alabama, including programs and services available, locations of schools and eligibility requirements.

Chart of residential building trades and schools: This is a chart of residential building trades and schools in Alabama that offer programs in those trades. It’s a quick way to cross reference your career interest with your educational options.

Identify Your Technical School or College in Alabama

Alabama Commission on Higher Education: Information on paying for college including: fellowships, scholarships, grants loans and work study. This site provides a definition of the above terms and a guide on applying for Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This free form is distributed by the U.S. Department of Education and is used to determine a student’s need for federal financial educational assistance.

Federal Funding Assistance – How to Apply for FAFSA A comprehensive scholarship search website. features a page just for Alabama students. This site is private.

My College Options: A comprehensive, online college planning service. By creating a free college profile, you will access information regarding college and scholarship and loan matches as well as information on preparing for your SATs and ACTs. This site is private

CollegeBoard: This website scholarship search website updates regularly. This site assists with a variety of common issues surrounding college planning and it lists around 2,300 scholarships. This site is private.

FastWeb: On this website, scholarships are updated regularly so there are is no outdated information. There are about 1.5 million scholarships available through this site. This site is private.

CollegeNet: This website updates monthly and allows you to search for scholarships based on their content so you can easily see what you qualify for. Of interest: they offer a feature that allows students to open discussions in the forums. The conversation topics get voted on based on how interesting they are; the student with the most interesting conversation wins from $300 – $5,000. This is a private site.

ScholarshipMonkey: This simple, free and uncomplicated website has over a million scholarships listed from over 4,000 sources (totaling around $3 billion in available funds). This site is not private unless you opt out.

Associated Builders and Contractors: Build Your Future scholarship sponsored by the NCCER. Open to anyone who is currently pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER-accredited program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility.

Achieve Alabama: Helps to connect students throughout the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and with scholarship opportunities that will enable them pursue their goals and dreams.

 Typical Median Hourly WageTypical Median Annual Wage Educational Requirements Projected Growth to 2024
Carpentry$19.63 $34,960 Trade School and/or Apprenticeship6%
Cabinet Making$13.90$27,770Trade School and/or Apprenticeship-1%
Civil Engineering $39.45$77,850 Bachelor’s Degree8%
Construction Management (Building Science)$41.17 $89,680Bachelor’s Degree5%
Drafting and Design Technology$24.97 $49,510Associate’s Degree-3%
Electrical Engineering$44.84$95,770 Bachelor’s Degree0%
Electrician $24.57$45,350Trade School and/or Apprenticeship14%
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC)$21.46 $39,060Trade School and/or Apprenticeship14%
Landscape Architect$31.04$67,810Bachelor’s Degree & Internship5%
Masonry $18.61$40,000 Trade School and/or on-the-job training15%
Mechanical Engineering$39.93$87,990Bachelor’s Degree 5%
Plumbing Technology $24.36$40,920Trade School and/or Apprenticeship12%
Statics are taken from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics 2015

To view more occupational information including wages, job description, and educational requirement, please visit the US Department of Labor’s “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” web site at:



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