Grants and Work Programs
- Federal Pell Grant (PELL) – $602 to $5,550 per year based on financial need. Apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is based on financial need, enrollment and cost of education.
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – Allocation of funds is at Stark State's discretion, and awarding of funds is based on need and application date. Award amounts vary up to $400. Apply through the FAFSA. According to federal regulations, students must be Pell-eligible to receive FSEOG funds. You MUST apply EARLY! Funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis!
- Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) – Allows students to be employed at the college to earn money for educational expenses. Awards are based on financial need; submit a written request to the Financial Aid Office. An award does not guarantee earnings; students are paid with a bi-weekly paycheck for hours actually worked. Eligibility does not guarantee employment.
- Ohio National Guard – If a student enlists in the National Guard for six years, the National Guard will pay 100% of tuition costs. The student must be an Ohio resident enrolled in at least six credit hours at an Ohio college. Contact the Ohio National Guard at 614-336-7032 for more information.
- Montgomery GI Bill – If you serve in the Army Reserve or the National Guard, you may be eligible to receive education benefits while attending classes. Contact the local Army Reserve or National Guard Office for more information. The Registration Office certifies enrollment for this program
- Stark State College Academic Scholarship – Awarded to area high school seniors. Selection is based on GPA (minimum 3.0), extra-curricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Award amount varies but is intended to cover 100% of student's instructional and general fees for their first academic year. Deadline to apply is February 1, each year. See your guidance counselor or the Stark State Financial Aid Office for a scholarship application.
- Scholarships – Application made by filing the FAFSA prior to June 1. A complete list of scholarships is available at www.starkstate.edu/scholarships. For additional information on outside scholarship funding, visit www.brokescholar.com or www.fastweb.com or your local library. Scholarships are divided between fall and spring semesters unless otherwise designated by the donor.
SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS
- Workforce Initiative Association (WIA formerly JTPA) and
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) – Assistance for individuals who recently lost jobs or are entering the workforce after an extended period of unemployment. For information about WIA and TAA, contact the Employment Source at 330-433-9675. Students must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for grants before being considered for WIA funding.
- Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) – Educational assistance may be available for students with special needs. Call the Canton (330-438-0500) or Akron (330-643-3080) BVR Office for more information.