Financial Aid

NOTICE

If your family's financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you've lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted.  Complete the FAFSA® questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information) and submit.  Contact the financial aid office at the school where you plan to attend to discuss how your current financial situation has changed.  Note that the school's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.  


Types of aid available

FEDERAL PELL GRANTS:
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, 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.  Programs must be at least 600 clock hours in length to qualify for federal aid.  

Apply by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Studentaid.gov.  
For assistance completing the FAFSA, call 419-238-5411, ext. 2110 to schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Coordinator.

Vantage Career Center's Federal School Code is 030956. 
 
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG):
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Police Academy 

This campus-based grant is funded by the Federal Government with a 25% match from the institution as a tuition waiver.  This grant does not need to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.  Eligibility is based on financial need as determined through FAFSA results.  Recipients must be enrolled in an eligible program of 600 or more clock hours.  Awards vary from $300 to $500.  This campus-based grant has limited funds so students are encouraged to file their FAFSA early.  
 
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS:
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, 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 loan recipients must complete Entrance Counseling, a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Annual Student Acknowledgement prior to disbursement of the loan.  If the parent of a dependent student 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.

Apply by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Studentaid.gov. For assistance completing the FAFSA, call 419-238-5411, ext. 2110 to schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Coordinator.

Vantage Career Center's Federal School Code is 030956. 
 
Direct Subsidized Loan  - This is a need based loan (cost of attendance minus EFC).  Interest rates for loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/21 is 3.73%.  The government usually pays your interest while you are enrolled at least half-time in school plus the grace period or deferment periods.   Loan origination fees first disbursed on or after 10/1/20 and before 10/1/22 are 1.057%.  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 7/1/21 is 3.73%.  Interest begins accruing on this type of loan immediately when disbursed. Loan fees for all loans where the first disbursement is made on or after 10/1/20 and before 10/1/22 are 1.057%.  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 studentaid.gov 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 7/1/21 is 6.28%.  The loan origination fee for a Direct PLUS Loan first disbursed on or after 10/1/20 and before 10/1/21 is 4.228%.   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.

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.  

Additional Federal Aid Information

The U.S. Department of Education has created a website to help you understand aid, apply for aid, complete the aid process, and manage loans.  Visit Studentaid.gov for a wide range of information regarding Federal Student Aid.

Federal regulations require all loan recipients to complete these four things:  
Prior to the starting:
At the time of graduation or when a student leaves school:

Scholarships

VAN WERT COUNTY FOUNDATION ADULT CAREER TECH SCHOLARSHIP
The Van Wert County Foundation has launched a new scholarship opportunity for select adult education programs in partnership with Vantage Career Center.  This scholarship is intended to provide funding for participants who would otherwise be unable to finance their training.  Scholarship dollar amounts are dependent on the cost of the program and any additional financial assistance available to the applicant.  To qualify for consideration, applicants must be:  

  1. A resident of Van Wert County, OH, and provide proof of residency;
  2. Enrolled in a qualifying adult program which includes Welding, CDL, and STNA at Vantage Career Center.
To apply, click on the link provided below.  Create an account.  You will be sent an email with a link to complete the application for the Career Tech Scholarship.  You must insert this access code g3tThe3Dge in the top right-hand corner of the application to apply for the Career Tech specific scholarship.
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.  
 
One $500 Scholarship will be awarded each school year.  This scholarship is designed to assist an adult student with training in the area of Career Technical Education at Vantage Career Center. Applicants must be a Vantage Career Center High School completer.  Applicant must be enrolling in one of these qualifying program at Vantage Career Center:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Police Academy, CDL, Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter I, STNA, or Welding.  Applicant must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career. Recipient must complete half of their hours to retain their scholarship.  Scholarship funds will be sent tot he school and applied to the student's account.  Application deadline is August 1 of each school year (July 1 to June 30).  
VANTAGE CAREER CENTER SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are available to prior year graduates of Vantage Career Center High School.  Eligible applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and provide their current high school transcript with their application, must enroll in a qualifying adult education program at Vantage for the following school year, and must submit an application by May 1 in time to be announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony.
 
Scholarship awards vary by program of enrollment:  
$1,000    Practical Nursing & Medical Assisting 
$500       CDL & Police Academy
$250       Emergency Medical Technician & Firefighter 1  
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The link below will take you to scholarship opportunities for both high school and adult students.  Scholarships designated "General" or "OTC" may be available to adult education students attending a training program at Vantage Career Center.  
 

AGENCY ASSISTANCE

Ohio Means Jobs 
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 County567-242-2750  Paulding County419-399-3345
 Hancock County419-422-0182  Putnam County567-376-3777
 Hardin County419-674-2312  Van Wert County419-623-4437
 
Indiana Residents

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD):
This agency may be able to provide funding for Ohio individuals with disabilities. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-589-5811 or visit their website at www.ood.ohio.gov.

Contact us

Jaclyn Gunsett
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA Certifying Official / Accreditation Liaison Officer
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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