Financial Assistance for students attending 600+ hour programs is available from a variety of sources. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a full-time (Career Development) program.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)
Financial assistance from this agency is for students with documented disabilities or handicaps. Information may be obtained through your local BVR office. BVR 419.228.1421
SB1 Revolving Loan
is available for 360-Hr the Welding Certificate Program as well as Truck Driving
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Financial aid is available from this program for students who qualify. Partial to total aid is available to cover tuition, books, and supplies. Contact your county Ohio Means Jobs Department for more information.
WEST OHIO CAP – Steps to Success
Steps to Success is a 4-week program that gives eligible individuals in Auglaize County the opportunity to attend learning workshops and create a customized plan to accomplish their life goals.
Complete the Steps program to earn incentives such as financial assistance for vocational training programs, and work support for uniforms, supplies and other work-related needs!
Contact 419-227-2586 for more information.
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA)/Trade Readjustment Act (TRA)/NAFTA Funds
TAA/TRA/NAFTA funds are available to “dislocated workers” to pursue training. To complete the referral process and eligibility determination, contact your local Ohio Means Jobs office.
Federal Financial Aid
PELL GRANT & DIRECT LOANS
PELL GRANT (FAFSA) – Based on need. No repayment. The maximum grant for 2017-2018 is $5,920. Need help with completing your FAFSA? Click on the link to view the online video! http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
DIRECT SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN – Based on need and repayment begins six months after you leave school. The maximum amount for the first year is $3,500* for both independent and dependent students.
DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN – Not need-based and repayment begins six months after you leave school. The maximum amount for the first year is $9,500* less any subsidized money for independent students; and $9,500* less any subsidized money for dependent students.
DIRECT PLUS LOAN – For parents of dependent students only. Not need-based and repayment can be postponed until six months after the student leaves school. Maximum amount may not exceed the total cost of attendance less any other aid to be received.
*Amounts shown are based on a full-time program of 900 hours. Awards will be prorated accordingly for programs with less than 900 hours.
Independent Student – An independent student is one of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, someone with legal dependents other than spouse, an emancipated minor or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Dependent Student – A student who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student.
Interest Rates – First Disbursed between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18
Direct Subsidized = 4.45% Fixed
Direct Unsubsidized = 4.45% Fixed
Direct Plus = 7.0% Fixed
To receive Federal aid (Pell Grant/Stafford Loans) you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or home school certificate (state approved).
- Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the school.
- Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
- Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
- Comply with the Selective Service registration is required. If you are a male aged 18 through 25 and haven’t yet registered you may do so by checking a box on the FAFSA. You may also register online at sss.gov.
- Not be incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution.
- Not have been convicted under federal or state law for the sale of or possession of drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
Recipients of the Federal Direct Student Loans are required by federal regulations to complete entrance and exit loan-counseling sessions. Entrance counseling sessions must be completed prior to the student receiving the loan proceeds. Exit counseling sessions must be completed at time of graduation or when a student leaves school. A hold will be placed on your Apollo Career Center records if you fail to complete exit counseling. Please use the link below:
Private student loans are offered through private lenders and should only be used after all federal loan eligibility has been exhausted. These loans are in the student’s name but may require a cosigner and a credit check of the cosigner to determine eligibility.
FASTChoice is a list of recommended lenders; you are not limited to the lenders listed. If you choose to work with a lender that is not listed, please notify us so we may process your loan promptly.