- Federal Pell Grant (PELL) – $590 to $5,815 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 College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) – If you’re a full-time, year-round student who’s exhausted your Pell grants after summer and fall semesters, you may be eligible for an OCOG award for the spring semester (third term) of the academic year. Third-term OCOG dollars are only for students who are Pell grant eligible and whose Pell grants have been exhausted for that year. You will be notified by the Financial Aid office if you qualify.
- 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 Scholarships – www.starkstate.edu/scholarships
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.