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Filing the FAFSA isn’t as complicated or time-consuming as it seems – you only need about 6 documents and 22 minutes! In the time it takes you to catch up on your social media feed, you can take the critical first step in getting the money you need to attend college. Here’s a checklist of everything you need: An FSA ID. Your FSA ID allows you to log in to your account, sign the FAFSA and make changes or add schools. You and your parent must create separate FSA IDs. Create this first! You and your parent’s Social Security or Alien Registration number. Here’s what to do if your parent doesn’t have a Social Security number. Driver’s license (if you have one) Your and your parent’s federal income tax returns and W-2s from 2019 (you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import this data!) Bank statement If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of investments and untaxed income (If you are an independent student, you won’t need the items mentioned for parents.) File the 2021-22 FAFSA Don’t worry if you can’t find these materials right away. You can start the FAFSA and come back as many times as you need to update information or add schools (OCU's school code is 003030). The important thing is to get started! Need help? Check out the FAFSA YouTube channel for step-by-step instructions or contact the Ohio Christian University Financial Aid Office at 1 (740) 420-5944 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is pleased to announce an ongoing Refer-A-Friend Program where individuals can invite a friend to learn more about OCU. A monthly drawing for referrers and a scholarship for prospective students make this an excellent opportunity to refer a friend. The referrer should enter his or her friend’s information at ohiochristian.edu/referafriend. This will automatically qualify the referrer to enter that month’s drawing for a $50 e-gift card of the winner’s choice and qualify the referred student for a Refer-A-Friend Scholarship. Refer A Friend Program Details: A $50 e-gift card drawing will occur at the end of every month to pick a winner from those who submitted referrals during that month. The winner will be emailed individually and announced via a campus-wide email. Referrals may be made at any time within the year, and there is no limit to the number of referrals a person can submit. If the referred person is already in our system, the referrer will earn 1 entry into the drawing. If not, the referrer will earn 5 entries. If the referred person is already signed up for an Orientation Day or registered for classes, the referrer will not earn an entry into the drawing and the referred person will not quality for the Refer-A-Friend Scholarship.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the #1 Top Performer on Social Mobility in the Regional Universities Midwest category. The social mobility indicator measures how successfully colleges graduate economically disadvantaged students who receive need-based federal Pell Grants. According to U.S. News, “Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college. Some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. Students receiving these grants typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.” Provost Dr. Bradford Sample explains that OCU has aimed to continually improve the student experience. “We have worked diligently to expand academic support, improve the online and onsite classroom environments, hire diverse instructors, restructure for improved service, and increase academic rigor,” said Sample. “Although we want to assist all students, we’ve taken care to especially focus on activities that would help first-generation students, economically disadvantaged students, and second-chance students returning to college.” In addition to academic support, students receive quality financial aid guidance as well. “We work hard to counsel and provide every student with all the financial resources at their disposal,” explains Director of Financial Aid Brandon Ritchey. “We strive to keep OCU affordable for students from any economic background.” OCU even offers Payback Promise Loan Repayment Assistance to qualified students. OCU students can study entirely online, onsite or a combination to meet their needs. Submit our free Fast Application to get started. The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings are released yearly and analyze U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Click here to see Ohio Christian University’s ranking.
Ohio Christian University’s 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Friday, October 2nd at the Pickaway Golf Course. Twenty-five four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf raising over $30,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each spring at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The golf tournament is one our major fund-raising events for student scholarships,” explained OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga. “The engagement and generosity of each of the golfers is critical to our ability to assist OCU students with financial needs as they seek to acquire a Christ-centered, Biblically-based education.” Eighteen OCU alumni attended, including 2013 graduate Chris Thompson. “It’s just a great time when you can come and raise money for a good cause,” Thompson said. “Plus, you get to have fun doing it. I enjoy getting out there with alumni of OCU. We laugh, talk about old times, and compete hard to win the prizes.” 1st Place went to the Wint Financial Services Team consisting of Team Leader David Wint, Ty Pell, Chad Wilson and OCU’s Mark Taylor. The Proshield Team, made up of Team Leader Tim Stonerock, Brian Chaney, Gary Young and OCU Golf Coach Brent Martin earned 2nd Place. Neil Uhrig’s team, including Jason Uhrig, Kyle Uhrig and Jerry Mowery, took 3rd Place. Neil is a recently retired member of The Guardians gospel quartet. 2011 graduate Joshua McGrady explained it is important for him to support the Scholarship Golf Tournament because of his experience at OCU. “My time at OCU was so valuable to me. Being able to play four different sports during my time there and the lifelong friends I made because of it are something I can’t put time or a dollar amount to. Being able to reunite and enjoy a day with some of those friends is a highlight of the year for me.” The continuing generosity, camaraderie and goodwill of this tournament’s sponsors and donors is greatly appreciated. OCU would like to extend a special thanks to: All sponsors (to see list, click on pdf below) Corporate Sponsor, Prasco Laboratories Abby Huggins, Manager of the Pickaway Golf Course, for her excellent assistance. Gary Burns, Owner of Circleville Buffalo Wild Wings, for providing a delicious lunch. Kyle Miller of the Arington Foundation for his assistance before, during and after the event. The 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on June 19, 2021 at the Pickaway Golf Course in Circleville, Ohio. Learn more about how to support Ohio Christian University. 5x7 Sponsor Sheet.pdf (.pdf size: 296.69 KB)
Last week, Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University, sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students regarding the upcoming election. We thought it fitting to share his thoughts today with you, the public. We are so thankful to have this wise man at the helm of the university and hope you are as challenged by his words as we, the university family, were. Dear All, Next week we will be entering another national General Election that will determine who will be the next President of the United States for the next four years. Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is voting day – so be sure to vote and let your voice be heard. It’s a great privilege many citizens of other countries do not enjoy. I am writing because, as you may have noticed, the rhetoric leading up to this year’s election has been divisive and toxic. Both sides can take credit for adding to that evaluation. Friends, and even family members, have been divided by something as secondary to our Christian identity – as who we will be voting for. No doubt, our nation will remain divided long after November 3rd comes and goes – no matter who gets to live in the big White House come January 2021. And that divisive attitude is our potential as well, at Ohio Christian University. But it need not be our destiny. Christian author Philip Yancey has observed that almost all the crimes committed in Christian history have come about when religion is confused and intertwined with politics. Probably because most of the time, politics runs by rules of ungrace – and there is an allure and temptation to trade grace for power. And, we, as fallen creatures, can also be tempted to give in to that temptation. But we need not. Next week our Chapel time on Monday, November 2, 2020 - will be a time of guided prayer (no speakers) – to reflect and to pray for all our local, state and national leaders. And our country. We will also want to pray for friends who have surrendered their primary identity in Christ, for a secondary identity in politics, for they will suffer great emotional distress over the election’s results. Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – will be the day to cast your vote. On Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – our Chapel time will once again be a time of guided prayer. To once again, pray for our local, state and national healing. Post-election Day. Our destiny is not to be a campus divided by politics – but a community united by grace. So, let’s lean into next week – together – and walk as a community of grace. And let’s be a LIGHT to a dark world. And SALT, to a culture that has lost its taste. Praying with, and for, you all, Jon S. Kulaga, Ph.D. President
February 3, 2021
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CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce Bethany Arroyo as the new Head Coach for the Women's Soccer Program. Coach Arroyo will begin immediately in preparation for the Spring games starting in March. Arroyo comes to OCU following a three year stint as associate head coach of the women's program at Eastern Nazarene College. Prior to that position, she served five years as assistant coach for the women's program at Warner University, where she helped lead them to their 1st Regional Championship, and 1st National Championship appearance. Arroyo also served as an assistant women's coach at Southeastern University in 2011-12. On top of her collegiate coaching experience, Arroyo has seen success coaching young women at the club level with Everton Futbol Club FC (2011-12) "I am thankful and blessed to be joining the OCU Family," said Arroyo, "I'd like to thank Dr. Jon Kulaga, Kevin Jones, and Dave Bireline for trusting me to lead the women's program. I feel honored! I would also like to thank the OCU community for making me feel welcome." Arroyo played collegiate soccer at Southeastern for four seasons, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre Med & Biology. As a player, Bethany played a key role in leading her team to the Regional Championship 3 out her 4 seasons. Her team would make it to the National Tournament all 4 years, and finished as runner-ups in two of those seasons. "Collegiate athletics provide a great opportunity to develop areas of work ethic, discipline, commitment and teamwork," said Arroyo, "The goal here is simple- to become leaders throughout the university and beyond. I am committed to partnering with the women and the university to create a culture that encourages student-athletes to serve Christ, strive for excellence, and compete at a high level." Arroyo also earned All-American, All-Tournament team, and All-Region team honors all 4 seasons of her collegiate career. "I've had the privilege of knowing Coach Arroyo for many years," said Kevin Jones, Vice President of Enrollment, "First as an All American player at the college level and as a coach. She brings strong leadership, integrity and a tremendous love of serving and mentoring. We are blessed to welcome her to this important role and we look forward to seeing the impact on the team and community in the future." Following her undergrad, Bethany attended Warner University for graduate school where she received her masters of Business Administration, International Business in 2015. "We are very excited to have Beth taking over the women's soccer program," said Director of Athletics David Bireline, "she embodies what we are looking for in a head coach and we are excited for her to build on the success of the program." For more on the Trailblazer Soccer Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Ohio Christian University distance runner Drake Dickerson (JR/Lancaster, OH) was named the River States Conference Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and also for the Week as a result of his performance Feb. 15-21. The junior from Lancaster, Ohio, was voted the RSC's outstanding track athlete of the year for three all-conference performances on the track during the conference indoor championships this past weekend. Dickerson was first in the mile at 4:37, took second in the 1,000 at 2:39.64, and he was a big part of the Trailblazers' meet record and first-place finish in the distance-medley relay to close out the day at 10:53.76.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Trailblazers came up short in the final minutes of the 1st Round of the River States Conference tournament. Falling to Asbury University 87-77. The 1st Half would prove to be an absolute grind for both teams with solid offensive and defensive efforts from both groups. Neither team would find a lead greater than 4 in the 1st half, but the Trailblazers would take a 1 point lead going into the break. "I thought our guys came out ready to compete," said Head Coach Casey Coons, "We spent a lot of time on how we wanted to defend their personnel within their actions and I think we did a solid job of that, for the most part. Offensively, when we moved the ball and were aggressive in our skill sets we got some pretty good looks. I was proud of how hard our guys fought and the energy that we played with for 40 minutes." The 2nd half would prove to be no different. Through the first 10 minutes of play, Asbury would take a 4 point edge over Ohio Christian. The Trailblazers would continue to fight as Devon Miller (FR/Grove City, OH) grabbed an offensive rebound and layed it in, giving them a 1 point lead with 7:13 to play. The Eagles would quickly answer back with back-to-back 3-pointers giving them a 5 point lead. The Trailblazers continued to fight, but sadly came up short in the end. The Asbury Eagles advance to the 2nd round of the River States Conference tournament, ending the season for the Trailblazers. "We have a great group of guys that want to grow and are going to continue to put in the work. I'm proud of how our guys handled so much adversity in such a weird season. We're extremely proud of our senior, Gabe Casey (SR/West Jefferson, OH), for the value he's added to our program on and off the court and we're excited to bring the rest of our roster back next year." - Coach Casey The Trailblazer starting 5 would all score in the double digits, led by Devon Miller with 17 (Lowe 15, Burns 13, Woods 12, Barksdale 11). The Eagles would be led offensively by Nick Fort (27 pts, 8 reb) and Eric Powell (26 pts, 5 reb). For more on the Trailblazer Basketball Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter (@OCUTrailblazers), Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers), and Youtube (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers)
LOGAN, OH – Saturday, February 20th, Ohio Christian University competed at the River States Conference Championships at the Chieftain Center on Logan high schools' campus. Point Park University won the women's title with 208.16 points while their men tallied 202 points winning on the men's side. The Ohio Christian men finished fifth out of eight schools with 75 points. The Lady Trailblazers also placed fifth with 66 points. Both teams had individuals step up in all areas which led to the respectable finishes. The top three finishers in each event received all-conference honors. Fourth through eighth place scored points for the team. Men's scorers: The Men's Distance Medley Relay placed first with a time of 10 minutes 53.76 seconds. The time set a new meet record. Drake Dickerson (JR/Lancaster, OH) outran WVU Tech's cross-country conference champion in the final leg of the relay to seal the deal. The other team members included Corry Mientkiewicz, Derek Donner (SO/Lebanon, OH) and Chester Mientkiewicz (JR/Kinsman, OH). Dickerson put on a show while earning the Track Athlete of the Year award. He won the mile in a time of 4:37.21. He also took runner-up in the 1,000 meters in 2:39.64. Corry Mientkiewicz placed third in the 5,000-meter run in 16:46.1. He also took fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:44.52. Corry's brother, Chester, placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:07.83. He also placed eighth in the 5,000 meters. Donner placed fourth in a pair of events. First, he ran a 9.57 in the 60-meter hurdles. He also ran the 600-meter run in a time of 1:30.65. He won his heat while setting a new personal best. River Collins (JR/Akron, OH) placed fourth in the weight throw with a new personal record toss of 12.74 meters. The 4x800 meter relay placed fourth in a time of 11:31.46. The quartet consisted of Nathan Rose (SR/Hilliard, OH), Elijah Newland (FR/Marysville, OH), Andrew Smith and Evan Caldwell. The same members placed sixth in the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:04.48. Caldwell placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.5 seconds. This was a personal best for Caldwell. Smith placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 11.43 seconds. Women's scorers: Acacia May (SO/Valley View, OH) finished runner up in the 400-meter dash in a new personal best time of 62.88 seconds. May finished third in the pole vault with a jump of 2.75 meters. This set a new school record. She also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.94 seconds. Morgan Maffett (SO/Pickerington, OH) finished runner up in the weight throw with a toss of 14.88 meters. She also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 10.88 meters. Gracie Lanier (SO/Scott Depot, WV) placed third in the 60-meter dash in 8.39 seconds setting a new personal best. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.12 seconds. Brittany Lenz (JR/Springfield, OH) placed fourth in the 1,000 meters in 3:31.05. She also placed fifth in the mile with a time of 5:47.67. This was a new personal record. Monica Caldwell placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:55.58. The 4x400 meter relay placed fifth in a time of 5:18.48. The quartet consisted of Lanier, Caldwell, Rachel Lomaka (JR/Pataskala, OH) and California Headlee (SO/Grove City, OH). Imani Donovan (JR/North Olmsted, OH) placed sixth in the weight throw with a new personal best toss of 11.70 meters. The 4x800 meter relay rounded out the scoring for the team. The team of Lenz, Lomaka, Headlee and Caldwell ran a time of 12:54.15 placing sixth. Also named was the RSC Indoor Track & Field Champions of Character Team. One individual from each school was nominated by their coach for best representing the NAIA's core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Maffett received the honor on the women's side while Chester Mientkiewicz represented the men's side. Ohio Christian will wait to see if Dickerson is heading to the NAIA National Championship at Mount Marty University in South Dakota. Dickerson's mile performance from Feb. 12th has him currently in 16th place. The top 16 performances in the country qualify. There is one day remaining in the qualification period. Other top 30 National OCU performances are Maffett's best weight throw toss, which is ranked at 23rd and the men's DMR which sits at 28th.
RSC Women's Basketball Championship Bracket set for Feb. 22-March 2 Women's Basketball | Wed, Feb. 17, 2021 RICHMOND, Ind. -- The 2020-21 River States Conference Women's Basketball Championship bracket was seeded on Wednesday, Feb. 17 using a double-randomized draw. The pairings and bracket positions were unveiled during a live broadcast of the RSC Basketball Championship Pairings Show on the RSC Game Central. The RSC Women's Basketball Championship will feature all 11 teams that elected to participate in the postseason this year. The first round will be Feb. 22 with the quarterfinals on Feb. 24, the semifinals on Feb. 27 and the championship final on March 2. The randomized bracket drawing first selected the position on the bracket and then selected the team that would be in that bracket position. Each of the 11 positions on the bracket were assigned a number. Odd-numbered teams will host their first game of the championship while those receiving a bye will be home or away depending on the team that advances to play them. For teams that have a bye into the quarterfinals, they will be at home if the home team advances and away if the away team advance. The lone exception in the quarterfinals is that Brescia will host IU Southeast because it drew an odd-numbered spot. 2020-21 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, Feb. 22 -- First Round No. 4 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio), 5 p.m. No. 8 Point Park (Pa.) at No. 7 Oakland City (Ind.), time TBA No. 10 WVU Tech at No. 11 Carlow (Pa.), 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 -- Quarterfinals No. 2 IU Southeast at No. 1 Brescia (Ky.) No. 4 Alice Lloyd/No. 5 Rio Grande winner vs. No. 3 Ohio Christian (Location TBA) No. 8 Point Park/No. 7 Oakland City winner vs. No. 6 Asbury (Ky.) (Location TBA) No. 10 WVU Tech/No. 11 Carlow winner vs. No. 9 Midway (Ky.) (Location TBA) Saturday, Feb. 27 -- Semifinals Remaining teams -- No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Remaining teams -- No. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Tuesday, March 2 -- Finals Remaining teams Fan attendance and spectator policies for all games of the RSC Championship will be that of the host school of each individual games. Check the school website of the host school for information on that campus' attendance policy. The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will broadcast all games of the RSC Women's Basketball Championship. Log on to RiverStatesConference.com/Stretch to watch live.
RSC Men's Basketball Championship Bracket released for Feb. 22-March 2 Men's Basketball | Wed, Feb. 17, 2021 RICHMOND, Ind. -- The 2020-21 River States Conference Men's Basketball Championship Bracket was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 17 during the live broadcast of the RSC Basketball Championship Pairings Show. A double-randomized draw seeded teams into the bracket and pairings. The pairings show was hosted by and broadcast live from Indiana University East. The RSC Men's Basketball Championship will feature all 12 teams that elected to participate in the playoffs this year. The first round will be Feb. 22 with the quarterfinals on Feb. 24, the semifinals on Feb. 27 and the championship final on March 2. The randomized bracket drawing first selected the position on the bracket and then selected the team that would be in that bracket position. Each of the 12 positions on the bracket were assigned a number. Odd-numbered teams will host their first game of the championship while those receiving a bye will be home or away depending on the team that advances to play them. For teams that have a bye into the quarterfinals, they will be at home if the home team advances and away if the away team advance. The RSC Championship winner and runner-up will both advance to the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship as the conference's two automatic bids to nationals. 2020-21 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, Feb. 22 -- First Round No. 2 Asbury (Ky.) at No. 3 Ohio Christian, 6 p.m. No. 6 IU Southeast at No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio), 8 p.m. No. 8 Oakland City (Ind.) at No. 9 IU Kokomo, 7 p.m. No. 12 Brescia (Ky.) at No. 11 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), time TBA Wednesday, Feb. 24 -- Quarterfinals No. 2 Asbury/No. 3 Ohio Christian winner vs. No. 1 Point Park (Pa.) (Location TBA) No. 6 IU Southeast/No. 5 Rio Grande winner vs. No. 4 Midway (Ky.) (Location TBA) No. 8 Oakland City/No. 9 IU Kokomo winner vs. No. 7 WVU Tech (Location TBA) No. 12 Brescia/No. 11 Alice Lloyd winner vs. No. 10 Carlow (Pa.) (Location TBA) Saturday, Feb. 27 -- Semifinals Remaining teams -- No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Remaining teams -- No. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tuesday, March 2 -- Finals Remaining teams Fan attendance and spectator policies for all games of the RSC Championship will be that of the host school of each individual games. Check the school website of the host school for information on that campus' attendance policy. The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will broadcast all games of the RSC Men's Basketball Championship. Log on to RiverStatesConference.com/Stretch to watch live.
February 25, 2021
Beth Arroyo Named Head Coach of Women's Soccer Program
February 23, 2021
Dickerson Selected RSC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Week
February 23, 2021
Trailblazers come up short in 1st round of RSC Tournament
February 21, 2021
Dickerson shines, May, DMR break records at RSC Championships
February 17, 2021
RSC Women's Basketball Championship Bracket set for Feb. 22-March 2
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RSC Men's Basketball Championship Bracket released for Feb. 22-March 2
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newsFile the FAFSA in just 22 minutes - Published: February 3, 2021 2021 Refer-A-Friend Program Announced - Published: February 2, 2021 Ohio Christian University Ranked #1 on Social Mobility by U.S. News - Published: December 1, 2020 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for Students - Published: November 13, 2020 An Election Message from President Kulaga - Published: November 2, 2020
athleticsBeth Arroyo Named Head Coach of Women's Soccer Program - Published: February 25, 2021 Dickerson Selected RSC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Week - Published: February 23, 2021 Trailblazers come up short in 1st round of RSC Tournament - Published: February 23, 2021 Dickerson shines, May, DMR break records at RSC Championships - Published: February 21, 2021 RSC Women's Basketball Championship Bracket set for Feb. 22-March 2 - Published: February 17, 2021 RSC Men's Basketball Championship Bracket released for Feb. 22-March 2 - Published: February 17, 2021
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