Financial Aid

Any student planning to use financial aid to cover school costs must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must have Ohio Christian University’s school code –  003030 – in order for the results to be received by the Financial Aid Office. Once the FAFSA is successfully submitted online, the Financial Aid Office will receive that information within 2-3 business days. At this point, the student may contact the Financial Aid Office for estimates of eligibility at agsfinaid@ohiochristian.edu. The FAFSA must be renewed prior to each school year. 

Grant

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. This need-based grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The amount of the award is based on FAFSA results and enrollment status. Pell Grant funds will be credited directly to the student’s account. 

Military Benefits

Ohio Christian University accepts educational benefits through the military (e.g., GI Bill, Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program). To begin the process of determining any applicable benefits, the student should contact the respective educational liaison within the appropriate military organization. Once that action has been taken, the student may contact the Financial Aid Office to proceed with any other applicable processes.

Ohio Christian University accepts DANTES/DSST credits. (See Credit by Examination, p. 30)

Loans

Federal Direct Loans

Direct Loans are federal loans available to students who are attending college at least half-time. The amount a student may borrow is based on year in school, dependency status, and enrollment status. 

Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan)

A parent may borrow a PLUS Loan to help pay the expenses of a child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time. The parent must pass a credit check to be eligible to receive a PLUS Loan. In the event the parent is denied the PLUS Loan due to adverse credit, the student generally becomes eligible to borrow an additional amount in an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan. 

Private Student Loans

A student may also obtain private loans to cover education-related expenses. For more details visit http://www.ohiochristian.edu/financial-aid/payment-options.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid

Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards earning a degree as stipulated in the table below to receive financial aid at OCU from all federal and state student aid grants, Work Study and loan programs. Some additional grants and scholarships may also use part or all of the SAP standards as minimum criteria for funding eligibility.

Financial Aid SAP will be measured annually. Students previously in good standing, will be placed on Financial Aid probation if the minimum SAP standards are not met. The student will retain eligibility for aid during the probationary period. Students not meeting the minimum SAP standards by the end of the semester the student was placed on Financial Aid probation will be placed on Financial Aid suspension. Aid eligibility will resume when the student raises his or her cumulative academic measurements to the required levels or has a Financial Aid appeal approved. Financial Aid suspension may be appealed if unusual and/or mitigating circumstances affected their academic progress. Such circumstances may include a severe illness or injury to the student or an immediate family member, the death of a student’s relative, student activation into military service or other circumstances as deemed appropriate for consideration by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Transfer students with no grade history at OCU will enter on Financial Aid good standing. A Financial Aid SAP calculation, including transfer hours applicable to the current degree pursuit and OCU hours earned, will be run at the next
scheduled increment.

To appeal, the student must submit a legible letter, a completed Financial Aid Appeal Form, and supporting documentation to the OCU Financial Aid Office. These must explain in detail why the student failed to meet the minimum academic standards, what unusual and/or mitigating circumstance contributed to the failure, and how the situation has changed to allow the student to meet Financial Aid SAP requirements by the next calculation. Appeals must be received by the Financial Aid office no later than 15 business days before the end of the term for which reinstatement is desired. Early appeal submission is strongly encouraged. A committee will review the appeal and will notify the student in writing of their decision. If an appeal is approved, the student will temporarily regain financial aid eligibility. Continuation of eligibility will be contingent upon the student demonstrating improved academic merit achievement as outlined by the Financial Aid appeals committee through their Academic Plan.