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Types of aid available
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing Program, Medical Assistant, Police Academy
The Pell Grant is need-based aid provided to undergraduate students by the Federal Government.  This grant does not need to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.  Students can apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  For the 2018-2019 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $6,095 for 900 hours of study.  Award amounts are prorated for programs with 600 hrs - 899 hrs. 
Schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Coordinator for assistance completing the FAFSA. 
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing Program, Medical Assistant, Police Academy 

This grant is provided by the Federal Government and does not need to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.  Eligibility is based on financial need.  A recipient must be enrolled in an eligible program of study.  This is a campus-based grant with limited funds available each year.  Students are encouraged to file early to have the best chance of obtaining this aid.  FAFSAs must be received in our Financial Aid Office on or before June 30.  FAFSA's received after this date will be considered if any funds are still available.  To apply for this grant simply complete the FAFSA at

 Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing Program, Medical Assistant, Police Academy
 A Federal Direct Loan is money borrowed from the U.S. Department of Education that must be repaid with interest.  These loans may be a way to gap the difference between the funds you have and the amount you need.  Student applying for loans must complete the FAFSA as well as Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN).  If the student is dependent, and the parent is borrowing loan funds on behalf of the student, the parent must apply for a PLUS Loan and complete a loan agreement.
Direct Subsidized Loan - Need based (cost of attendance minus EFC)  Current interest rate is 5.05%.  The government usually pays your interest while you are enrolled at least half-time in school plus the grace period or deferment periods.   Current loan fees are 1.066% of the gross amount of the loan.  Payments begin 6 months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan -  Student does not have to demonstrate financial need.  Maximum loan amounts based on dependency status and program length but cannot exceed cost of attendance.  Current interest rate is 5.05%.  You pay all interest during all periods.  Current loan fees is 1.066% of the gross amount of the loan.  Payments begin 6 months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment.   
Direct PLUS Loan -  The parent(s) of a dependent student may borrow a Federal PLUS Loan provided the student is otherwise eligible for aid.  A parent may receive a PLUS Loan only to pay for the educational costs of a dependent undergraduate student who meets the eligible student definition.  A parent must also meet the same citizenship and residency requirements as a student.  Also, a parent who owes a refund on an SFA grant or is in default on an SFA Loan is ineligible for a PLUS Loan.  A parent with an adverse credit history is prohibited from obtaining a PLUS Loan.  A dependent student may borrow under the Unsubsidized Direct Loan program if the parent(s) are denied to borrow due to credit history. 
To receive a Federal PLUS Loan, a parent must complete a PLUS Loan application on-line at using their own User ID and Password.  PLUS Loans are unsubsidized so parent borrowers are responsible for accruing interest from the date of loan origination.  Current interest rate is 7.60%.  Current loan fees is 4.264%.   Payments begin when the loan is fully paid out, but your loan can be placed into deferment while you are in school at least half-time and for an additional 6 months after you graduate or drop below half-time status.
loan counseling
Federal regulations require all loan recipients to complete both entrance counseling and exit counseling.  Entrance counseling must be completed prior to the student receiving their loan disbursement.  Exit counseling must be completed at the time of graduation or when a student leaves school.  A hold will be placed on the student's records until exit counseling has been completed.  
Eligible Programs:  CDL Program

Ohio's Workforce Development Loan Program makes loans to students enrolled in programs related to employment opportunities in growing fields.  To qualify, applicants must be residents of Ohio, be enrolled in a qualifying program and not be in default on any student loans.  Students can receive loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the cost of the program.   
Benefits:  Low interest rate of 4% annually, Interest-free while enrolled in qualified program and for first six-months after program completion, no credit check required. 
Student must meet with the Financial Aid Coordinator to apply.  Call 419-238-5411, ext. 2110 to schedule an appointment.
Ready to Work provides:
  • Education training assistance in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology and environmental services.
  • Assessment testing, career coaching, supportive services, job-placement assistance and other services for participants. 
Eligibility requirements:
  •  Available to long-term unemployed, underemployed, veterans or spouses of veterans.
  • For residents of Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hardin, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot counties.   
Contact Person:  Cynthia Krizan, Ready To Work Career Coach, 419-238-5411, ext. 2009
Any prospective student residing within the jurisdiction of an Ohio  B.P.O. Elks Lodge, who plans to enroll in a career or technology institution in an eligible educational program.  Application and details available online at  
Robert Brandt was the first superintendent of Vantage Vocational School, hired in 1973.  He remained superintendent for 27 years.  A 1963 graduate of Ohio State University, he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education and finance.  In 1965, he graduated from Michigan State University, where he earned a master's degree in educational administration, and an educational specialist degree from the University of Cincinnati.  He passed away suddenly on May 30, 2005.  
This $500 Scholarship is designed to assist an adult student with retraining in the area of Career Technical Education at the Ohio Technical Center at Vantage Career Center.  Applicants must be a Vantage Career Center High School completer.  Student must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career.  Application Deadline:  July 1, 2018.  
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD):

This agency may be able to provide funding for individuals with disabilities. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-589-5811.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA):

Assistance may be available for students who have lost their jobs or had hours and wages reduced because of foreign trade.  Contact your employer or a local Ohio Bureau of Employment Services Office to see if you qualify.  

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA):

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014 is a federal employment and training law that replaced the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Implemented to streamline employment and training programs, help job seekers find work, and help employers locate qualified workers.  Contact your county Ohio Means Jobs center for further information.  
 Allen County419-999-0360   Mercer County419-586-6409
 Auglaize County419-739-6505  Paulding County419-399-3345
 Hancock County419-422-0182  Putnam County419-538-0124
 Hardin County419-674-2312  Van Wert County419-238-4931
Contact us
Jaclyn Gunsett
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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Address: 818 N Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891  |  Phone: (419) 238-5411
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