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State Grants & Scholarships

The State of Ohio provides resources in a wide variety of programs so that immediate costs-savings are available to students. Ohio Higher Ed: University Systems of Ohio provides details on the programs below.

  • Choose Ohio First Scholarship
  • Opportunities for Veterans
  • Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant · Ohio War Orphans & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship
  • Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program · Forever Buckeyes
  • Scholarship Search Tool (OhioMeans.Jobs)

You can also find additional resources to pay for college here.

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. The scholarship covers tuition costs only. The deadline to apply is May 15 of each year.

Additional term eligibility requirements must also be met in order to receive this scholarship:
  • Be listed on the Eligibility Roster received from the state
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA*
  • Register for 12 or more credit hours per term
  • Be pursuing a degree program
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the school

*Students must have 2.0 eligibility by the end of the first year under the program (two semesters or three quarters). In order to retain eligibility, students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA for the balance of their undergraduate studies.

Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled in (or accepted for enrollment) for at least half-time study in an approved Ohio nurse education program. The annual award for the most recent academic year was $1,602/year. ($810 per semester at Sinclair)

To qualify for loan cancellation, recipients must be employed full-time as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in the State of Ohio for a minimum of five years after graduation.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in or be accepted for enrollment in an approved Associate Degree nurse education program in Ohio colleges, universities, hospitals, or vocational schools.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund to any Federal Financial Aid program.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the school
Application Information:
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Students may apply after January 1 each year 
  • There is a deadline of July 15th each year. Notification of acceptance or denial for NEALP funding will be sent the first week of September.

Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund

This program provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line-of-duty, anywhere in the United States.

It also provides assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the US, who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States. The child is only eligible for this program if he/she is not eligible for the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship.

  • Recipients must be Ohio residents enrolled either full-time or part-time.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Fund will provide benefits which cover 100% of instructional fee charges at public colleges and universities and $8,451 per year at private and proprietary post-secondary institutions. 
  •  Visit https://www.ohiohighered.org/safety-officers-college-fund for more information

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) provides grant money to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by the results of the FAFSA) and who are enrolled at Ohio public colleges or universities; Ohio private, non-profit colleges or universities; and Ohio private, for-profit institutions.

Community college students are currently not eligible for OCOG year-round but may be eligible to receive this grant during the summer or third-term. Stricter eligibility criteria for summer OCOG results in few students qualifying for this grant.

Basic OCOG eligibility requirements include:
  • Complete FAFSA by October 1 of the award year
  • Be an Ohio Resident
  • Be pursuing an associate degree, bachelor degree, or nurse training program
  • Have a Pell EFC of 2190
  • Have maximum household income of $96,000
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
Additional eligibility requirements and items covered by OCOG:

OCOG for Veterans

OCOG for Foster Youth

Summer (third-term) OCOG

  • Meet basic eligibility requirements
  • Receive federal veteran’s education benefits under chapters 30, 31, 33, or the Frye Scholarship
  • May be received to help with tuition and living expenses.
  • Meet basic eligibility requirements

  • Receive an official eligibility form from the Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) that lists their ETV award

  • May be received to help with tuition and living expenses.

  • Meet basic eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled in all three terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • Receive Pell for both Fall and Spring terms
  • Have a summer balance after Pell has been exhausted
  • May be received to help with tuition and living expenses. 


Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program

The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to Ohio National Guard Service Members in good standing and having qualifying years in Ohio.

To receive Ohio National Guard Scholarship benefits:
  • Apply at https://ongsp.ohio.gov
  • Enroll in an associate or bachelor’s degree program
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours 
Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester July 1
  • Spring Semester November 1
  • Summer Semester April 1

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of the State's strategic effort to strengthen Ohio's position on world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. Funds are for first-year students beginning a qualified STEMM (Science, Technology, Manufacturing, and Medical) field in the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester. This includes CCP and Tech Prep students who completed credits while in high school. Check www.sinclair.edu/scholarships in Summer 2021 for updates on the online application.

To be eligible, students must:
  • Be an incoming Freshman
  • Be enrolled in a qualifying STEMM program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a resident of Ohio
  • Have a high school/college GPA of at least 3.0, a composite ACT score of at least 21 or placement test scores that show college ready status