Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

One of the most intimidating prospects of attaining a college education is choosing how to pay for it. Fortunately, there is financial aid for students pursuing a post-secondary education.  With a multitude of financial opportunities available, picking the right avenue to fund a degree can be complicating and confusing.

Among the loans and grants, LCCC offers its students an array of scholarships in a variety of different majors and according to their circumstances. Dawnthea Redwood, a LCCC student majoring in public relations, uses a Diversity Scholarship to fund her education. Redwood applied for the scholarship after receiving a notice in the mail from LCCC that she was eligible. With the scholarship Redwood is taking 15 credit hours.

My classes are all free, I have left over money that I put on a meal card so I can eat here and I buy all of my books with it,” said Redwood. While not all scholarships will cover the entire cost of attending LCCC, they can lessen the financial burden of a college education.

Awards

The Trustee award covers 60-72 credit hours of tuition over two consecutive years. It is available to recent graduates a Lorain County high school who have earned at least a 3.7  GPA by the end of their sixth semester of high school. The recipient may use up to 36 credit hours per year, up to 18 credit hours per semester. The award is considered to be a last dollar award, which means that applicants must file the FAFSA. Money from the award can be used for tuition within the University Partnership and as tuition to obtain an associate’s degree at LCCC. To keep the scholarship students must have at least a 2.5 LCCC cumulative GPA each semester.

The Incentive Award for Non-Traditional Students is a scholarship designed to assist non-traditional students gain a college education. The amount awarded to each student can vary and may be used to pay for books, tuition, and other education related expenses. To qualify you must be a non-traditional student who is not dependent on their parents, support a child on your own, a veteran of the U.S, and are over 24. If the applicant has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and has been deemed by the Federal Government to have no unmet needs, their application will be considered.

Scholarships

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is offered by LCCC and the University Partnership for students majoring  in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Full or partial scholarships will be awarded. To qualify the student must be an Ohio resident, obtain a 3.0 cumulative high school or college GPA, and declared their STEM major through LCCC in a two year degree program or through the University Partnership. Recipients of the scholarship may be required to tutor peers and they cannot receive the Trustee Scholarship and the LCCC Choose Ohio First Scholarship jointly. The amount given might be based on availability of funds and the student’s progress towards a degree. The Manuel Marín Serrano Scholarship, offered in memory of its namesake, seeks to assist an LCCC student who is active within the community and focuses on Latino advocacy. Aid gained from this scholarship may be used to cover tuition, books, and fees. To be considered applicants must have graduated high school, prove unmet financial need, be enrolled half time in either LCCC or the University Partnership, and are active in the community with preference to the Latino community. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 1.

Listed above are only a few of the options LCCC provides its students to help pay for their education. Others avenues of resource include, a medley of scholarships, credits, and financial aid workshops.

Karen Tijanich, manager of LCCCs Financial Services Staff, wants students to know that the date to fill out the FAFSA for 2017-2018 starting on Oct. 1.  The new date allows students to use their prior 2015 tax return to complete the application. Just because the date has changed “does not mean they will get their award earlier this year, it just means they can get it done earlier,” said Tijanich.  

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please call LCCCs Financial Services Center at 440-366-4034.