Financial Aid

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 2020-2021 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $6,345 for 900 hours of study.  Programs exceeding 900 hours may qualify for additional funds.  Awards are prorated for programs with 600 hrs - 899 hrs. 
Complete online or schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Coordinator for assistance completing your FAFSA. FEDERAL SCHOOL CODE is 030956 
Eligible Programs:  Practical Nursing Program, Medical Assistant, Police Academy 

This Campus-Based Grant is funded by the Federal Government with a 25% match from the instituition 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.  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.  Apply by completing the FAFSA.  Applicants must also complete Entrance Counseling and a Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN).  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.
Direct Subsidized Loan  - This is a need based loan (cost of attendance minus EFC).  Interest rates for loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/20 and before 7/1/21 is 2.75%.  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 10/1/21 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 7/1/20 and before 7/1/21 is 2.75%.  Interest begins accruing on this type of loan immediately when disbursed.  Loan origination fees first disbursed on or after 10/1/20 and before 10/1/21 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 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 7/1/20 and before 7/1/21 is 5.30%.  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.

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 from Vantage until exit counseling has been completed.
Click on link to Log In and complete your Entrance Counseling/MPN or Exit Counseling 
Additional Resources: 
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.  


Scholarships are available to all Vantage Career Center High School Graduates.  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 Assistant 
$500       CDL & Police Academy
$250       EMT & Firefighter 1  
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 year.  This scholarship is designed to assist an adult student with re-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 programs at Vantage Career Center:  Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant, Police Academy, CDL, EMT Basic, Firefighter I or State Tested Nursing Assistant.  Student must demonstrate financial need or be able to express how the scholarship will enhance their future career.  Application Deadline is August 1.  
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.  


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
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.

Indiana Residents

Private Student Loans - FASTChoice

Private student loans may be a good option for students entering programs with less than 600 hours of training which are ineligible for Title IV Federal financial aid options.  They may also be useful for students who need more financial assistance after their eligibility for federal grants and federal student loans are determined.  Students in programs consisting of 600 hours or more of training should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for a private student loan.  You may qualify for loans and other financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.  Terms and conditions of Title IV, HEA loans may be more favorable than those of private loans.
FASTChoice helps students compare, choose, and understand private loan options.

Contact us

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