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Federal School Code 005753

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for most financial aid programs is based on demonstrated financial need of the student and/or the student's family and on registered credit hours. In addition to the general requirements listed below, each financial aid program may also have eligibility requirements which are specific to that program.

To be eligible for federal financial aid programs (Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan), a student must also:

  • Be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States. Certain persons in process of becoming citizens or permanent residents may also be eligible.
  • Be accepted by the College for admission as a regular student and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the selected program of study. Students enrolled in high school, post-secondary option students, early admit students, and students who apply for admission as visiting or guest students are not eligible for aid.
  • Show their intent on the admission application as either:
    • to obtain an associate degree for transfer to another college,
    • to obtain an associate degree for the job market, or
    • to obtain a certificate.
  • Be enrolled in a financial aid eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be enrolled in courses that provide credit toward a financial aid eligible degree or certificate program. Courses taken as audit are not eligible. Enrollment must follow the freeze date policy.
  • Meet the enrollment and attendance requirements for each program.
  • Demonstrate the Ability to Benefit. To receive federal financial aid, a student must demonstrate the Ability to Benefit from the education offered. A student must meet one of the following academic requirements:
    • Has a high school diploma or GED (an official transcript must be on file with the Records Office showing that the student has graduated from high school or completed the GED); OR
    • Has a high school diploma from a state approved home school (documentation must be on file with the Records Office showing that the student has graduated from the state approved home school); OR
    • Proof of completion of at least a 2-year program acceptable for full credit towards a bachelorís degree (an official college transcript must be on file with the Records Office showing that the student has earned an associateís degree or higher); OR
    • For a student enrolled in a program of study prior to July 1, 2012, satisfactory completion of 6 semester credits (other than developmental courses) applicable to a degree or certificate at Owens; OR
    • For a student enrolled in a program of study prior to July 1, 2012, has taken the COMPASS test and scored at least 25-prealgebra, 62-reading, 32-writing
  • Comply with requirements concerning Selective Service registration. For information regarding Selective Service, or to register, visit www.sss.gov.
  • Comply with requirements concerning submission of a Statement of Educational Purpose. This is included on the financial aid application (FAFSA).
  • Certify that the student is not in default on any federal student loan with the Department of Education or another institution.
  • Certify that the student does not owe a refund to any federal aid program. This includes grant overpayments resulting from withdrawals.
  • If selected for verification, submit all required documents as indicated in the Verification Policy.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as set forth in the Owens Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Accumulate no more than 30 hours of developmental courses. Please refer to the Enrollment & Attendance page for a list of developmental courses.
  • Confirm that the student does not have property subject to a judgment lien for a debt owed to the United States.

For Ohio programs (Ohio College Opportunity Grant, Ohio National Guard Tuition Assistance, and War Orphans Scholarship), the student must also:

  • Be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States. Certain persons in process of becoming citizens or permanent residents may also be eligible.
  • Be a resident of Ohio (according to Ohio Law) for 12 consecutive months*.
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 hours) in credit courses*.
  • Be enrolled in a degree program as a regular student.

*Ohio National Guard Tuition Assistance recipients must be enrolled at least 3 credits and may be out-of-state students.




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