Frequently Asked Questions - Adult Degree Programs
- How are OCU's prices in comparison with other programs of this type?
- Our programs are reasonably priced as compared to our competitors. When comparing programs it is important to take into consideration two things: flexibility and total cost. Flexibility is important because there are many schools that provide low cost education to adults, but these courses are generally scheduled around traditional aged students' schedules making them inconvenient for adults. Secondly, our programs feature no hidden cost. Our total price includes the tuition, books (including delivery to your house), and any fees.
- How will I be able to afford this?
Paying for education is a worry for nearly all the students at any level, but getting an education offers advanced career options and other opportunities. There are also several ways one can pay for education. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement (total or partial). In addition, students may be eligible for federal or state grants as well as federal student loans.
- What is financial aid?
Financial aid is any kind of money that is either given or loaned to a student for a period of time, which can assist in paying for school. Learn more about Financial Aid options at Ohio Christian University.
- Is Ohio Christian University approved to receive Federal and State financial aid?
Yes, Ohio Christian University has been approved to receive both Federal and State financial aid funds since 1973.
- Does Ohio Christian University accept employer assistance or reimbursements?
Yes. For specific terms regarding your employer's reimbursement and tuition assistance policies, please see your employee handbook or inquire at your company about the program. OCU is happy to work with students and companies to ensure that education is affordable and easy to access.
- Does Ohio Christian University accept military benefits?
OCU accepts all applicable military benefits (e.g. GI Bill, Ohio National Guard Scholarship program, etc.) . It is important for you to obtain, complete, and submit the appropriate forms for your benefits to be secured. To begin the process, the student should contact his or her respective educational liaison within the appropriate military organization. Guidance on this process can be provided by our OCU Financial Aid office at 1-877-496-8342 option #3.
Additionally, Ohio Christian University's proud to provide the affordable tuition rate of $250 per credit hour to all military service members, veterans, military spouses, and dependents 23 or under.
- How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Enter Ohio Christian University's school code, 003030.
By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for federal grants and loans, along with state grants. Your financial aid advisor cannot determine your financial aid eligibility until you have completed and signed the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed annually.
- What information do I need in order to complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA will ask for specific tax information. Therefore, you will need to be prepared to enter information that can be found on the following items:
- Your (and your parents', if you are a dependent student) 1040 tax forms from last year. For example, if you are going to be entering school anytime during the 2011-2012 school year, you will need to obtain your 1040 tax forms from the year 2010.
- Any W2 forms from your employer (and your parents’ employer, if you are a dependent student) from last year.
- How can I make sure that Ohio Christian University receives all of my financial aid information?
This is very important! When asked to enter your school code on the FAFSA, please remember us! OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL CODE IS: 003030.
- How will I know my financial aid eligibility?
For students enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, a financial aid award packet will be mailed to you after registration. The award packet will include an award letter that will show your financial aid eligibility by listing the names and amounts of all awards offered to you.
You can also contact your financial aid advisor for estimates prior to registering, as long as your FASFA has been completed in its entirety. ***Keep in mind that if you have previously attended another institution, you may not have the same eligibility at OCU as you did at your previous institution. Eligibility is determined by the information on your FAFSA, and varies by the type of school (Private/Public/Proprietary) and your enrollment status (Full-time, ¾-time, ½-time, less than ½ time). ***
- Why do I have less Pell Grant than last year or no Pell Grant?
In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly changed the Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students who are currently receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will not be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2012.
- How do I know if the Consolidated Appropriations Act affects me?
The Financial Aid department at Ohio Christian University will calculate your Pell eligibility. If you do not receive Pell funds beginning in Fall 2012 and you have received them in the past, you may have exhausted your lifetime eligibility.
- Can I see my Lifetime Pell Grant Used?
You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging into NSLDS.ed.gov. Your ‘Lifetime Eligibility Used’ percentage will be displayed in the ‘Grants’ section.
- I have questions about my Pell Grant eligibility, who do I call?
OCU students may call our office at (740) 420-5944 and ask to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor. Our counselors are available to discuss the change in the lifetime Pell Grant eligibility with you. You can also contact the Department of Education directly at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).