The Ohio Department of Higher Education has started a test program aimed at helping to reduce financial barriers preventing Ohioans with some college credit but no bachelor’s degree from returning to higher education and to increase the number of Ohioans with a degree or credential. 

     The Second Chance Grant Pilot Program will provide up to $3 million in financial assistance in the form of $2,000 grants to eligible students re-enrolling at a qualifying institution to earn a degree or credential. This program was designed to help Ohio achieve its credential attainment goals by helping to relieve some of the financial burden that keeps most students who withdrew from finishing their degree. 

     To qualify, recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current resident of Ohio;

  • Your last date of attendance at a college was one to five years ago;

  • You were in good academic standing when you left school;

  • You’ve completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and accepted any need-based state or federal grants to which you are entitled.     

     Qualifying students will be able to use the grant to enroll in classes starting on or after Jan. 1.

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