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Homeroom, the official blog of the US Department of Education, contains a great article with links to the FAFSA application and suggestions for how to avoid the 12 most common mistakes made by those completing the FAFSA.  Read here.  
Types of aid available
Eligible Programs:  Medical Assistant, Police Academy, CDL & Logistics Program
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid unless, of course, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period or received an overpayment.  Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.  Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 
Don't have internet? NO PROBLEM -- Assistance completing your FAFSA is available through the financial aid office. Call 419-238-5411 to set an appointment.
Eligible Programs:  Medical Assistant, Police Academy, CDL & Logistics Program 

A FSEOG, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid unless you are given an overpayment or withdraw before completing the enrollment period.  A recipient must be enrolled in an eligible program of study of at least 600 clock hours. The student must not have earned a bachelor’s degree or first professional degree and must demonstrate financial need. Financial need is determined by subtracting the student’s cost of attendance by their EFC minus all aid awarded.

1. Each student may receive only one FSEOG award per program of study.

2. The maximum award per year is $500. The Financial Aid Coordinator may make an
exception to this rule if funds are available.

3. Priority will be given to those students with exceptional financial need, that is, those with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC’s) who will also receive the Federal Pell Grant in that award year. If the school has FSEOG funds remaining after awarding to this first group, the school will next award funds to those eligible students with the lowest EFCs who will not receive Federal Pell Grants in that award year. Late applications will then be considered if funds remain after awarding to this second group.

4. The Department of Education requires participating institutions to provide a 25% match.  Vantage’s match is made through tuition waivers. 

5. Students receiving aid are required to maintain satisfactory grades and attendance according to the institution's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. 

6. Funds will be awarded to qualified students based on when they had a valid ISIR on file with teh school.  (An ISIR is the completed FAFSA results sent to the school based on the federal school codes the student enters on their FAFSA). Priority is given to students who have a valid ISIR on file with the financial aid office of Vantage Career Center by July 15. Late applications will be considered if funds remain.

7. The school will notify all students awarded an FSEOG in the means of an award letter.

8. Disbursements of FSEOG funds will be credited to the student’s account for tuition and fees.  Any student with an overpayment will be issued a refund check from the Treasurer's Office. 

9. To apply for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, students must submit their FAFSA at

This loan program makes loans to students enrolled in qualifying programs.  Students can receive loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the cost of the program.  Any student is eligible, but must fit the following criteria:  Ohio resident, Enrolled in a qualified program, not currently in default of any student loans.
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. Read over the application for more details. DEADLINE March 1, 2018. 
SCHOLARSHIPS at Ohio Technical Center at Vantage Career Center:
Adult students enrolled at the Vantage Career Center campus are eligible to apply for scholarships to help them further their educational and career goals. Certain qualifications apply to each of the scholarships. Some students may be eligible for more than one scholarship and may submit one application for all applicable scholarships.
Robert Brandt Scholarship 
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.  
EDP Renewables ( Horizon Wind) Scholarship- available to students in programs affiliated with advanced or alternative energy.  Eligible programs include Industrial Automation Maintenance and Wind Turbine Maintenance. One $5000 scholarship or two $2500 scholarships will be awarded.  
Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is at the forefront of transforming the way the U.S. produces and uses energy. Strongly positioned to develop, build, and operate the clean energy infrastructure of the future, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is already generating power from more than 40 renewable energy projects for its customers in the United States and leading America’s transition to a renewable energy future.
To qualify for this scholarship student must be enrolled in a program emphasizing alternative energy, with priority given to students enrolled in the Wind Turbine Maintenance program. Student must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career. 
Iberdrola Renewables Veterans Scholarship- available to veterans or family of a veteran seeking retraining in the Industrial Automation Maintenance or the Wind Turbine Maintenance Program. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded per year.
EDP Renewables is a leading, global renewable energy company devoted to innovation and sustainability. They operate in markets around the globe and are continuously expanding business to new regions. They have been developing wind farms since 1996.

To qualify for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in a program emphasizing alternative energy, and be a veteran. Immediate family members of veterans will be considered for this scholarship. Students must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career.

Deadline to submit applications for these three scholarships is August 7.
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 County419-523-4580
 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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