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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  Programs must be at least 600 clock hours in length to qualify for federal aid.  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. 
NOW AVAILABLE:  The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available at  If you will be enrolled in school after July 1, 2019, this is the application to complete.     
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 as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Recipients must be enrolled in an eligible program.  
This campus-based grant has limited funds so students are encouraged to file early.  Funds will be awarded as follows:  First Selection Group - Pell Grant eligible students who have a valid processed FAFSA on file with Vantage Career Center by July 15.  Second Selection Group - Eligible students with the lowest EFCs who are not receiving Pell Grants but who have a valid processed FAFSA on file with Vantage Career Center by July 15.  Final Selection Group - Eligible students who have a valid ISIR on file with Vantage Career Center after July 15.  
To apply, 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 a Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (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.  The information provided below is for an undergraduate student.
Direct Subsidized Loan  - This is a need based loan (cost of attendance minus EFC).  Interest rates for loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/18 and before 7/1/19 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.   Loan fees first disbursed on or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 are 1.062%.  After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment.  
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.  Interest rates for loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/18 and before 7/1/19 is 5.05%.  You pay all interest during all periods.  Loan fees first disbursed on or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 are 1.062%.  After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment. 
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.   The interest rate for a loan first disbursed on or after 7/1/18 and before 7/1/19 is 7.6%.  The loan fee for a Direct PLUS Loan first disbursed on or after 10/1/18 and before 10/1/19 are 4.248%.   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 first loan disbursement.  Loan recipients must also have an active loan agreement called the MPN (Master Promissory Note) on file with the U.S. Department of Education.      
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.
Repayment Estimator Tool  -  allows borrowers to view repayment estimates based on their actual loan information.  Borrowers can also explore repayment options available based on their income.  
Eligible Programs:  CDL Program & Practical Nursing Program (LPN) 

OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Program makes loans to students enrolled in programs related to employment opportunities in growing fields.  Students can receive loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the cost of the program.   
To qualify for the loan the student must be:
      1)  An Ohio resident
      2)  Enrolled in a qualified program
      3)  Not currently in default on any student loans
Basic Loan Information:
4% annual interest rate
Origination fee of $48.50 added to first payment
Monthly Service fee of $6.90 added to each monthly payment
6 month grace period from date of completion. During the grace period, no principal payments are due and no interest accrues
Grace period ends if student ceases to reside in Ohio or withdrawals or ceases to participate in the approved training program
Repayment is monthly for 78 months (6.5 years) after the grace period
No penalties for early payoff
Loan is not dischargeable in bankruptcy
How to Apply:
Schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Coordinator by calling 419-238-5411, option 2.  Bring along your photo ID and the name, address, phone number for one contact person to your appointment.  
This scholarship is available to ALL 2019 Vantage Career Center High School graduates with a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Recipients must enroll in one of the qualifying adult education programs at Vantage Career Center in the 2019-2020 school year to receive this scholarship.  Awards range from $250 to $1,000 depending on the program cost.  Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2019 to be announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony.       
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.  

One $500 Scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.  This scholarship is designed to assist an adult student with re-training 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.  Applicant must be enrolling in one of these qualifying programs at the OTC at Vantage Career Center:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant, Police Academy, CDL, Welding, STNA or EMT.  Student must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career.  Application Deadline:  August 1, 2019  
The list below contains many scholarship opportunities for high school  and adult students.  If the last column is designated "General" or "OTC", these scholarships may be available to adult education students.  
This agency can potentially provide funding through various sources for underemployed, single parents, economically disadvantaged, dislocated workers and other special needs individuals.  Contact your county office 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
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.
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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