Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Two students sitting on a bench

Over recent years college debt has increased at a growing rate with the Federal Reserve currently reporting the average amount of college debt to be $32,731. Of those who owe education debt, 10.3% are reported to be behind on their payments. The level of debt and negative impact to credit for those who default is a major burden to student’s financial security after graduation and their piece of mind.

Ohio Christian University, as a Christian institution, has a goal not only of education but also to instill principles of biblical stewardship into our students. Additionally, the university wants to ensure students are able to pursue their callings after graduation without financial restriction. To advance these goals, Ohio Christian recently partnered with Ardeo Education Solutions to offer the Payback Promise Loan Repayment Assistance Program to all incoming traditional undergraduate students.

“When we are dealing with our type of student,” said Vice President of Enrollment Kevin Jones, “a lot of ministry and education majors, there is a fear that the job they feel called for isn’t going to provide enough for them to pay back their loan. So, this is a way for us to guarantee it.”

Payback Promise program acts as a safety net that helps students repay federal, private, and Parent PLUS loans if they make under $45,000 after graduating from Ohio Christian. The level of assistance received is determined on a sliding scale, with graduates who make under $20,000 eligible for full reimbursement. The Payback Promise reimburses graduates quarterly for payments they have made towards their loan as long as they are working full time.

“Students need to realize that they still need to repay their loans,” said Director of Financial Aid Allison Browning. “it’s not just a free-for-all that we are going to pay back all of your loans with the Payback Promise.”

Both Jones and Browning said they believe the program will improve loan repayment rates because while it doesn’t take away the responsibility to pay, it does ease concerns about balancing their dream job with managing loan payments and living expenses.  

“I think students won’t be as intimidated about the repayment process if they know that there is help available,” Browning said.

The Payback Promise program covers students in any major and sets Ohio Christian apart from other universities in its commitment to support students even after graduation.

“We’re the only school in Ohio that does this for all our [traditional] students coming in,” Jones said. “It’s something that is completely free for the student. It’s not free for us but we think it’s a good investment.”

 

 

Articles of Interest

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Online University

Published: May 31, 2022

“I know that I want to pursue an online degree, but what are some of the things I should I consider?”  If this question sounds familiar, rest assured that you are not alone. Many aspiring students ponder whether one online program over another will offer a leg-up advantage in their career pursuits. The cornerstone of most online programs is their flexible schedule, however, all online programs are not alike. There are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that offer certifications and there are postsecondary degrees, which the data shows most employers still prefer for their employees
“I know that I want to pursue an online degree, but what are some of the things I should I consider?”  If this question sounds familiar, rest assured that you are not alone. Many aspiring students ponder whether one online program over another will offer a leg-up advantage in their career pursuits. The cornerstone of most online programs is their flexible schedule, however, all online
“I know that I want to pursue an online degree, but what are some of the things I should I consider?”  If this question sounds familiar, rest assured that you are not alone. Many aspiring students

Reunion 2022 to Culminate with OCU Night at Mount of Praise

Published: May 24, 2022

Ohio Christian University alumni, their family and friends are invited to Reunion2022: an all-day event on Saturday, June 25. Through alumni athletic games, class reunions, our Trailblazer Celebration and dinner, our goal is to build and cultivate stronger alumni engagement and relationships throughout the OCU community. The evening will culminate with OCU Night at Mount of Praise followed by our annual Ice Cream Social. “This is always an exciting event, where alumni and their friends get to celebrate the accomplishments and valuable contributions of Ohio Christian’s own. We’ve
Ohio Christian University alumni, their family and friends are invited to Reunion2022: an all-day event on Saturday, June 25. Through alumni athletic games, class reunions, our Trailblazer Celebration and dinner, our goal is to build and cultivate stronger alumni engagement and relationships throughout the OCU community. The evening will culminate with OCU Night at Mount of Praise followed
Ohio Christian University alumni, their family and friends are invited to Reunion2022: an all-day event on Saturday, June 25. Through alumni athletic games, class reunions, our Trailblazer
Max McLean As C.S. Lewis on Stage at OCU

C.S. Lewis is Coming to Ohio Christian University

Max McLean As C.S. Lewis on Stage at OCU

Published: December 22, 2021

Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This Fellowship for Performing Arts production has toured the United States from New York to California and played on campuses such as Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UNC-Chapel Hill, and many other esteemed institutions of higher learning. Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford fellow to life, taking us on his extraordinary
Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This Fellowship for Performing Arts production has toured the United States from New York to California and played on campuses such as Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UNC-Chapel
Ohio Christian University is excited to bring “The Most Reluctant Convert” to its Circleville Campus. There will be one show only, on January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Ministry and Performing
OCU Summer Celebration Photo

2021 Summer Celebration Picnic

OCU Summer Celebration Photo

Published: August 6, 2021

Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. Matt Hunnell, VP of University Advancement commented: “Despite a little rain, we had a great turn out.  It was wonderful to see smiling faces on campus, and our friends enjoying music, a good meal, and time together.  We look forward to many more events and gatherings on campus in the
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. Matt Hunnell, VP of University Advancement commented: “Despite a little rain, we had a great
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food

Archived Articles of Interest

Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Opens!

Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Published: October 11, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience image

October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience

October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience image

Published: October 9, 2018

Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The visitors received guided tours of the campus decorated for Homecoming festivities. They attended a chapel service, met with future professors and athletics coaches, and dined in the cafeteria, experiencing a Residential Undergraduate Program. In the afternoon, faculty conducted sample classes featuring their disciplines. They included Criminal Investigations for Criminal Justice, English
Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The visitors received guided tours of the campus decorated for Homecoming festivities. They attended a chapel service, met with future professors and athletics coaches, and dined in the cafeteria,
Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The
AGS Recruiter Janice Chilcote

AGS Insights: Interview with Recruiter Janice Chilcote

AGS Recruiter Janice Chilcote

Published: October 5, 2018

Q: How does OCU’s Adult
Q: How does OCU’s Adult
Q: How does OCU’s Adult
AGS Student Ludmilla Akpa

AGS Student Testimonial: Ludmilla Akpa

AGS Student Ludmilla Akpa

Published: October 5, 2018

I migrated from Africa with my three children to the United States in 2016. We settled in Chicago. Other than my native African language, I spoke only French. So, to acquire English quickly, I enrolled in English as a Second Language class. After becoming relatively fluent in speaking and writing in English, I found I was not satisfied with the education offered at the community college near where I live. I felt I could better advance myself elsewhere where I could enroll in higher-level studies. I wanted to integrate a valuable university education with my religious values. I sought
I migrated from Africa with my three children to the United States in 2016. We settled in Chicago. Other than my native African language, I spoke only French. So, to acquire English quickly, I enrolled in English as a Second Language class. After becoming relatively fluent in speaking and writing in English, I found I was not satisfied with the education offered at the community college near
I migrated from Africa with my three children to the United States in 2016. We settled in Chicago. Other than my native African language, I spoke only French. So, to acquire English quickly, I
How to Become a Successful Online Learner image

How to Become a Successful Online Learner

How to Become a Successful Online Learner image

Published: October 1, 2018

By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, and Dr. Scott Marsee, Dean, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Managing Time Work on your class work every day. Don’t try to do everything on the weekend. Life will get in the way. You want to improve your thinking every day. Your subconscious mind will continue thinking. When Hank was an online student, on Monday through Thursday he worked on homework, studied, read, participated in discussions 6:00-7:00 am, noon-1:00 pm, 5:00-6:00 pm, and 7:00-10:00 pm. On Friday evenings, he didn’t always work, but he was back at it on Saturdays. Sometimes he took
By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, and Dr. Scott Marsee, Dean, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Managing Time Work on your class work every day. Don’t try to do everything on the weekend. Life will get in the way. You want to improve your thinking every day. Your subconscious mind will continue thinking. When Hank was an online student, on Monday through Thursday he worked on homework,
By Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost, and Dr. Scott Marsee, Dean, College of Adult and Graduate Studies Managing Time Work on your class work every day. Don’t try to do everything on the weekend. Life will