Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
The Ohio College Opportunity Grant program (OCOG) provides need-based tuition assistance to Ohio residents in an associate's or bachelor's degree or nursing diploma program attending an eligible institution. Eligible students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2190 or less with a maximimum household income of $75,000.
The amount of grant varies and is determined by the student's enrollment. The maximum OCOG award for the 2010-2011 award year (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011) for full time students is $1,848. Students are limited to 10 semesters or 15 quarters of state, need-based grant aid (including combination of OCOG and OIG).
Students apply for OCOG benefits by completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The application deadline is October 1 of each year.
Ohio Nursing Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)
The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation.
The annual award for most recent academic year was $1,500/year. In exchange, to qualify for loan cancellation, recipients must be employed full-time as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in the State of Ohio for a minimum of five years after graduation.
An applicant must:
- Be an Ohio resident.
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
- Be enrolled in or be accepted for enrollment approved nurse education programs in Ohio colleges, universities, hospitals, or vocational schools.
- Not be in default or owe a refund to any Federal Financial Aid program.
- Maintain an academic record which places the student in good academic standing within the institution.
Students may apply after January 1 and before July 15th of each year. Applications can be submitted 14 days after completing the FAFSA at https://nealp.regents.state.oh.us/cgi-bin/nealp/nealp_student_cgi. Notification of acceptance or denial for NEALP funding will be sent by the Ohio Board of Regents on or after September 1.
Ohio State Aid for Veterans and Dependents
Pennsylvania State Grant Program
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) sponsors a need-based state grant program for undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who will be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours per semester) during the academic year. The maximum out-of-state grant award for a non-veteran student is up to $600. Veterans are eligible for maximum out-of-state awards of up to $800.