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How to Pay For College

Grants

A grant is considered gift aid, money that you are not required to repay. To be considered for grants, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Complete your FAFSA.

There are two primary types of federal grants, PELL and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Both are based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. If you qualify for the PELL grant, you may also be able to receive the SEOG. SEOG is awarded to students with the highest financial need and is limited based on funding. Consideration will be given to eligible students and priority FAFSA submission so don't delay, complete your FAFSA today!

For more information about federal student aid eligibility, award limits and other important information, please review the Federal Student Aid Guide.

Pell Grant

Pell Grant

  • Need-based grant considered gift aid
  • Maximum amount for 2016-2017 is $5,815 for the academic year
  • Amount awarded depends on Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Student’s enrollment status, Cost of Attendance
  • If eligible, you may receive Pell no more than 12 semesters (equivalent to 6 years)
  • May not receive Pell for more than one school at a time

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Campus-based fund awarded to students with highest financial need (Full Pell eligible students)
  • Maximum amount for one award year is $600 at Hocking College
  • Considered gift aid

Loans

Direct Subsidized Student Loan

Direct Subsidized Student Loan

  • Lender is U.S. Department of Education
  • Based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • U.S. Department of Education pays interest on subsidized loan while you are enrolled at least half-time, during the first six months after separation from college, or periods of deferment.

 

Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan

Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan

  • Lender is U.S. Department of Education
  • Unsubsidized is not based on financial need, but based on the cost of attendance.
  • Student is responsible for interest during all periods of the loan
  • If you choose not to pay interest while you are enrolled in school, periods of deferment or forbearance, or enrolled less than half time, the interest will accrue and be capitalized. 
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS)

Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS)

  • Lender is the U.S. Department of Education
  • Credit approval required
  • Maximum amount limited to Hocking College’s Cost of Attendance (COA) minus any other financial aid the student is receiving
  • Repayment begins once loan is fully disbursed
  • Current interest rate is 6.31%

Aggregrate Loan Limits
Year In School Dependent Students Independent Students
First-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit Stafford $5,500
No more than $3,500 may be in subsidized loans.
$9,500
No more than $3,500 may be in subsidized loans.
Second-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit Stafford $6,500
No more than $4,500 may be in subsidized loans.
$10,500
No more than $4,500 may be in subsidized loans.
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students(PLUS) Maximum amount, upon creditapproval, up to cost of attendance minus all other financial aid the student is receiving Not Applicable

 

Private Loans

Sallie Mae

Students may want to consider applying for private loans if the amount of federal financial aid is not enough to cover the full cost of attendance or if eligibility for financial aid is lost. Private loans are based on credit, therefore you are encouraged to obtain a co-signer to help with the approval as well as to secure a better interest rate.

Sallie Mae Disclosures

To apply for a private loan, please visit our preferred lender site to compare products and begin your application.

 

Wells Fargo

Students may want to consider applying for private loans if the amount of federal financial aid is not enough to cover the full cost of attendance or if eligibility for financial aid is lost. Private loans are based on credit, therefore you are encouraged to obtain a co-signer to help with the approval as well as to secure a better interest rate.

 

To apply for a private loan, please visit our preferred lender site to compare products and begin your application.

Additional Aid Options

Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Part-time employment opportunity for students while enrolled in school
  • Available to full-time students, with options of part-time enrollment
  • Encourages community service work
  • Students working in community service are paid $2.00 more per hour
  • Maximum FWS award amount is $2,500 at Hocking College


At Hocking College, We Make Higher Education an Affordable Option

Hocking College offers more than 50 scholarships that are awarded to hundreds of students. With the support of our generous donors and our commitment within the institution, we are able to offer scholarship opportunities to qualified full-time students. 

ALL SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED ON A
FIRST COME-FIRST SERVE BASIS!

New Students

The deadline for new students to receive scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year has now passed. Please contact Doug Wells, Executive Director of the Hocking College Foundation with any questions.

Returning Students

Returning full-time students must be registered for the upcoming academic year by March 2, 2020 and have a completed FAFSA on file to be considered for scholarships.

Please contact Doug Wells, Executive Director of the Hocking College Foundation with any questions.

Additional Hocking College Scholarship Opportunities

Talent-based scholarships are available for accomplished musicians and vocalists interested in pursuing their education at Hocking College.

Students will be required to audition following one of the QuickStart registration events. If students cannot attend an in-person audition, they may be able to submit a video audition.

All music scholarships for incoming students are awarded on the basis of the student’s audition, potential, musical and academic background, theory test results, interview (music therapy and music education), and program needs. Notification regarding talent awards will be mailed to incoming students who have been selected as scholarship recipients in early August.

To be eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12-18 credit hours) in an eligible degree or certificate program at Hocking College
  • Register for MUS-1134 (HC Band) or MUS-1131 (HC Singers)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Student may be required to live on campus and purchase a meal plan

For more information on this scholarship or to schedule your audition, please email us at admissions@hocking.edu or call 740-753-7050.

Bordering States Tuition Assistance Scholarship is available to current year high school graduates from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia high schools. The scholarship pays $1,695 per semester for full-time enrollment to assist paying tuition.

Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. In addition, students are required to live on campus and purchase a meal plan.

Eligible students will be awarded based on the availability of funding. Student must be registered for classes at the time of review and enrolled full-time for the terms the scholarship will be awarded.

District Scholars

For current year graduates of Athens, Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Pickaway, Ross, and Vinton County High Schools

Students will receive $1,000 per academic year. To apply, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Apply for admission to Hocking College for the autumn or spring semester at apply.hocking.edu.
  2. Apply for Federal and State financial aid programs using the FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov and complete all financial aid requirements.
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours in your program. Students must be registered prior to the first day of the semester in order to receive an award for that term. Flex courses do not count as part of a student’s eligibile credit hours.
  4. Attend autumn or spring semester classes within one year of graduating high school.

Awards will be applied to the student account each semester after verifying that eligibility requirements have been met. Any District Scholars award amounts listed on your Financial Aid Notification are pending semester review of eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements

To maintain eligibility for the District Scholars Scholarship, students must:

Remain enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours).

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP guidelines can be found at www.hocking.edu/financial-aid.

As long as the student maintains eligibility, District Scholars funds will be available for the duration of the student’s first associate degree at Hocking College, up to four semesters.

A student who withdraws from the college will be placed on  Financial Aid Suspension which means you lose eligibility for all types of financial aid (federal, state, and institutional funds). If you lose your eligibility, you have an opportunity to file a SAP appeal explaining any extenuating circumstances that contributed to failure to meet SAP guidelines as well as reasons for withdrawing. If your appeal is approved, you may regain eligibility for the District Scholars Scholarship, not to exceed four semesters.

Presidential Scholar Award

New students will be considered for this scholarship. If selected, students must serve as college student ambassador; and be enrolled full-time. 

This is a competitive scholarship and requires students to have a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA.

The 2020-2021 awarding period has now closed. Please check back soon for additional opportunities.

 

 

The Ohio National Guard

The Ohio National Guard is a unique part-time force of the U.S. Army. Soldiers serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. The National Guard is mobilized during times of war, national emergencies, and serves our state and local communities during emergencies and times of need. In addition to all the benefits listed below, soldiers develop a great passion and love for our country, leadership abilities, work ethic, teamwork and dedication that translates into skills employers' desire.

  • Pay: Soldiers are paid for serving one weekend a month. Entry-level pay is approximately $250 per month.
  • 100 Percent Tuition: The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program pays 100 percent college tuition to state-assisted institutions.
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill (Reserve): Soldiers receive $368 per month while attending college. Money sent directly to soldiers for college and living expenses.
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) Kicker (Reserve): Soldiers receive an extra $200 per month to supplement to Montgomery G.I. Bill for enlisting in a critical skills job.
  • Student Repayment Program: Soldiers can have up to $50,000 of existing student loans, as well as student loan acquired after enlisting paid-off.
  • ROTC/Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP): Allows ROTC cadets to serve as members in the National Guard while in college and receive National Guard benefits and pay. As an SMP, the MGIB Kicker increases to $350 per month.
  • Health Insurance: Soldiers may purchase a premium based health insurance plan.
  • Life Insurance: Soldiers receive up to $400,000 life insurance at reduced cost.
  • Split Option Program: Allows high school and college students to enlist without interrupting their education. Soldiers start by attending basic training during the summer, return to resume school while training one weekend a month at RSP and then complete their job specialty training the following summer. This option is also available to seasonal workers.

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