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    Terra State Community College
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook

Financial Aid Information



Office of Student Financial Aid

Terra State Community College offers several types of financial assistance to students. This aid includes grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs. The Office of Student Financial Aid handles these programs under policies established by the state and federal governments.

Terra State’s Office of Student Financial Aid is located on the second floor of Roy Klay Hall, Building A. Assistance is provided to students and parents with general financial aid questions. Due to federal privacy laws we can only provide answers for specific questions about financial aid to students or people listed on the FERPA release with the Record’s Office.

The goal of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to help students afford the cost of attending Terra State Community College.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid eligibility at Terra State is based on the parents’ and/or students’ ability to pay relative to the cost of education. The ability to pay is determined through federal methodology to calculate an expected family contribution.

To receive any type of aid, a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be accepted for admission to and enrolled in the college.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Comply with Selective Service requirements (male students).
  • Meet all additional federal or state requirements.
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED.

For Federal Programs

Students must:

  • Apply for financial aid and have financial need.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
  • Eligible programs for federal student aid at Terra State Community College include all the Associate degrees and some certificates with at least 16 semester hours.
  • Not be in default on a Perkins Loan (or National Direct Loan), Direct Loan (or Guaranteed Student Loan), PLUS Loan or Supplemental Loan for Students (SLS).
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) or State Students Incentive Grant (SSIG).
  • Accurately verify income and other application data if requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Agree to use any federal student aid received for educational purposes.
  • Comply with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. Eligibility for any of the programs may be suspended or terminated by a court as part of a conviction for possessing or dispensing illegal drugs.

Financial Aid Application Procedures

Students may apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)on the U.S. Department of Education website, www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for Terra State Community College is 008278. Student who do not have internet access may complete the FAFSA by visiting the office of Student Financial Aid. Computers with internet access are available there.

Financial aid is awarded for one academic year . Students should reapply for financial aid prior to each academic year. 

Financial aid application processing may take multiple weeks. To ensure timely processing, we strongly encourage students to complete the FAFSA no later than six weeks before the start of the term. If the student does not complete the FAFSA in a timely manner they will need to contact the College Cashier’s Office to make any necessary payment arrangement.

Financial Aid Programs

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers federal, state, and institutional student aid programs. Students interested in any of these sources of student aid must follow the instructions for completing the FAFSA discussed in the previous section.

Federal aid programs include: Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Parent Plus Loans for Undergraduates. Information about these programs can be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

State aid programs include: Ohio War Orphans, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial, Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain information about these programs and submit the required documentation. Information about these programs can be found at www.ohiohighered.org/sgs.

Institutional Aid Programs: A listing of the institutional aid programs for Terra State Community College can be found under the Terra State Community College Scholarships section. 

Charles E. Schell Foundation Emergency Loan: The College is able to offer short term, no interest loans to students through a donation to the Terra College Foundation from the Charles Schell Foundation and Fifth Third Bank. Loans are available for up to $500 maximum and are only made during an academic term. Repayment is due within 90 days.

Student eligibility requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.0 college grade point average or new student status,
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) during term that the loan is issued,
  • No outstanding prior Schell loans or deferred College fees,
  • Must have an education-related purpose for the loan,
  • Must have a repayment plan,
  • Must provide supporting documentation to substantiate the need for the loan,
  • Must be 18 - 25 years of age.

Applications are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients

Financial Aid awards are adjusted each term to correspond to the student’s enrollment status. Enrollment status is evaluated and determined on the 15th calendar day of each session during each semester. 

Enrollment changes after this date may affect award amounts. All in-semester schedule changes should be communicated to the Office of Student Financial Aid to ensure appropriate award levels.

Students who drop a course after the 15th calendar day in the term may see an adjustment in their financial aid awards even after disbursements are made. It is strongly encouraged that students who plan on dropping a course after the 15th calendar day of the term consult the Office of Student Financial Aid to receive guidance on how their financial aid may be affected.

The Federal Pell Grant recognizes four primary enrollment levels:

  • Full-time (12 or more credit hours)
  • Three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours)
  • Half-time (6-8 credit hours)
  • Less than half-time (1-5 credit hours)

Federal Direct Loans and Parents Plus Loans recognize the following enrollment levels:

  • Fulltime  (12 or more credit hours)
  • Three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours)
  • Half-time (6 -8 credit hours)
  • Students enrolled in 5 or less credit hours are not eligible to receive federal loans.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant can be awarded to Pell-eligible students with at least one credit hour.

Federal Work Study employees must be enrolled in at least six credit hours. Federal Work Study (FWS) positions are available on a “first come first serve” basis. Notification of eligibility does not guarantee the attainment of FWS employment. All student employment is dependent on availability of funding. Students interested in the FWS employment should contact Career Services.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

The Office of Student Financial Aid monitors Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each semester (including summer) for recipients of federal and state financial aid.

  • At the conclusion of each semester, students who do not meet the minimum SAP requirements are notified and either placed on Financial Aid Warning (“FA Warning”) or Financial Aid Suspension (“FA Suspension”).
  • Students placed on FA Warning have one semester to meet SAP eligibility or they will be placed on FA Suspension the following semester. FA Warning students are eligible for financial aid and do not need to appeal.
  • Students placed on FA Suspension are no longer eligible for financial aid and may submit a Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form to be considered for financial aid for one semester.
  • Approved appeals put the student into a SAP appeal approved status, which grants one additional semester of eligibility.

Minimum Requirements

  • Students who receive federal and/or state financial aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Minimum qualitative and quantitative standards must be met to maintain eligibility for all federal/ state financial aid programs.
  • The minimum required cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.0. GPAs are not rounded up.
  • The minimum Completion Rate (CR) is 67%. Completion Rate is defined as the percentage of credit hours earned out of credit hours attempted.
    • Grades listed in the Grading System segment of the Academic Practices, Policies, and Procedures section (i.e. W, AU, CR, etc.) count as credit hours attempted for federal student aid standards even though they do not count in the college’s calculation of cumulative grade point average.
  • The minimum required Maximum Time Frame (MTF) is 150% of the academic program’s required credits, with an aggregate ceiling of 200 Terra State credits. MTF is defined as the maximum amount of time a student has to complete a federal aid eligible program (degree or certificate) while receiving federal financial aid.

MTF examples are outlined below:

Total Credits to Complete Program Maximum Number of Credits Allowed
30 45
60 90

Appealing to Regain Financial Aid Eligibility

Students with extenuating circumstances (see chart below) can appeal for one semester of financial aid eligibility by completing the SAP Appeal form, which directs the applicant to complete the following steps:

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to complete the academic plan section on the appeal form;
  • Attach a letter explaining the extenuating circumstances which led to the current academic standing;
  • Attach any applicable supporting documentation, per the chart below.

If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on SAP appeal approved status and will be eligible for financial aid for one semester.

Approved Appeals

Approved appeals require the student to successfully follow the approved academic plan (as completed on the appeal form), which includes:

  • Taking only courses listed on the academic plan;
  • Not withdrawing from any courses;
  • Earning a “C” or better in all courses.
  • Incompletes will be considered non-passing grades and will result in loss of Federal Financial Aid eligibility.

If no academic progress is made by taking the approved courses, the student must submit another appeal to maintain additional federal/state financial aid eligibility every academic year.

Extenuating Circumstances

The extenuating circumstances that may be considered include: Supporting Documentation Required (must be on letterhead, signed and dated):
Medical Condition of Self or Immediate Family Member
  • Statement from physician
  • Medical documents
Death of Immediate Family Member
  • Obituaries or death certificate indicating relationship to student
Change in Employer Requirements
  • Statement from one’s employer/supervisor
Caregiver Obligations
  • For relationship other than dependent, statement form physician of relationship and obligations of caregiver
  • Statement or document from third-party and obligations of caregiver (i.e.: hospital, school, company, etc.)
Error at College
  • Statement from college official indicating error
The extenuating circumstances below may only be considered for students exceeding the MTF calculation. In addition to the above circumstances, they include:
Change of major
  • Statement indicating new major
Transfer of credits from another institution
  • Copy of Terra State courses and grades (unofficial transcript)

Federal Direct Student Loan

Annual Maximums

1st Year Dependent Student

  • $3,500 for a subsidized interest loan, combination of subsidized and unsubsidized interest loan or an unsubsidized interest loan, and
  • An additional $2000 unsubsidized interest loan.

2nd Year Dependent Student

  • $4,500 for a subsidized interest loan, combination of subsidized and unsubsidized interest loan or an unsubsidized interest loan, and
  • An additional $2000 unsubsidized interest loan.

1st Year Independent Student

  • $3,500 for a subsidized interest loan.
  • $6,000 for an unsubsidized interest loan.

2nd Year Independent Student

  • $4,500 for a subsidized interest loan.
  • $6,000 for an unsubsidized interest loan.

A first-year student is a student with 0-30 completed credit hours in an eligible program. A second-year student is a student with 31 or more completed credit hours in an eligible program. The FAFSA determines if a student’s status is Dependent or Independent.

Financial Aid Payment

All federal and state aid is sent directly to Terra State Community College. Aid is placed on the students’ account for payment of tuition and fee charges. Awards are made and fees are charged for one academic term at a time. If financial aid is greater than the tuition and fee charges, students utilize a certain portion of that credit to purchase educational books and supplies at the College Store. Excess funds will be provided to students beginning no sooner than the sixth week of the term.

Return of Federal Student Aid Calculations

Federal student aid is provided to students on a term-by-term basis to make progress towards a degree or eligible certificate program. Students, therefore, have the responsibility of attending and being academically engaged in their courses in order to earn all of their aid. Federal regulations mandate that all institutions return certain amounts of unearned aid to the Department of Education. If a student never attends classes, stops attending classes, or officially withdraws from all classes during the term, the College calculates the amount of unearned aid and returns it to the appropriate program, i.e. Pell, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, etc.

For example: a student enrolls full-time for fall semester and receives $2500 of federal student aid. Fall semester has 112 calendar days. The student officially withdraws from all classes on the 56th calendar day of the term. The student earns 50% of the $2500 ($1250). The other 50% has to be returned to the aid program. This may create an outstanding balance owed to Terra State Community College. Students are responsible for repaying this liability to the College Cashier’s Office. Please note that students cannot appeal any charges related to the return of federal aid as withdrawing is a decision made by the student and returning unearned aid is required law.

It is recommended that federal student aid recipients consult with a financial aid advisor prior to withdrawing from classes. Students should contact their instructors to discuss current progress and possible solutions to academic challenges. Students are also encouraged to visit the Academic Success Center to seek out free services for help in developing proficiencies in weak academic areas.

Terra State Community College Scholarships

Terra College Foundation Scholarships

Terra College Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students from the development activities of the Terra College Foundation.

Awards range from $250 to $1,000.

Selection is based on individual scholarship specifications.

The Ronald Abbott Memorial Scholarship Endowment established to assist 2nd year students in Performing Arts program at Terra State.

The AGC Mosser Construction Scholarship Endowment was established by Mosser Construction in cooperation with the Ohio Association of General Contractors to assist continuing students in the Architectural/Construction Engineering program.

The Amistad Scholarship Endowment is awarded to students from a culturally diverse background.

The Louis and Helen Audritsh Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by Mitchell Audritsh and Tamara Morris in memory of their parents, Louis and Helen Audritsh. Awards will be made to Digital Media Students.

The Larry L. Auxter Memorial Scholarship was established by family members to assist Terra State students.

The Dr. Sue P. Babione Scholarship Endowment was established in honor of her dedication to the Terra College Foundation.

The Bolte Family Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Bordner-Brown Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Nathan Brahier Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students majoring in Engineering or Power Technologies.

The John E. Broderick Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of John E. Broderick, Terra State’s second president.

The Paul and Rosemary Callaghan Scholarship Endowment was established by Pete Callaghan in honor of his parents, Paul and Rosemary Callaghan. Awards will be made to employees and immediate family members of the Bellevue Gazette and Clyde Enterprise.

The Louis L. Capucini Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Lou Capucini, a former instructor, to assist students majoring in Law Enforcement.

The Century Die Scholarship was established by Century Die and is awarded to students participating in the Green Box Derby.

The Color and Appearance-Society of Plastic Engineers Scholarship Endowment was established by the Color and Appearance Division of The Society of Plastics Engineers to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Coloring of Plastics Engineering Technology Program or Coloring of Plastics activities at Terra State Community College.

The Croghan Colonial Bank Scholarship Endowment was established to benefit adult students who have demonstrated a need for financial support to pursue post-secondary education.

The Culturally Diverse Scholarship Endowment is awarded to students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Deans’ Discretionary Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students. Awards are made to students recommended by one or more of the college deans.

The Denman-Recktenwald Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Digital Media Scholarship was established to assist Digital Media or Fine Arts students at Terra State.

The Michael A. Dodson Memorial Scholarship was established by Debra Dodson in memory of her son, Michael. Awards will be made to students with prior convictions in need of a “second chance” that have completed a minimum of six credit hours and are working toward a degree or certificate.

The Haldon Dodway Veterans Scholarship was established by family members to provide financial support for veteran students.

The Art and Kate Doust Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of former Terra State Community College and Terra College Foundation board member, Arthur F. Doust and his wife.

The Richard and Jane Dudley Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by family in memory of these long-time Fremont residents. Richard was a former Terra State board member and administrator.

The Judi Foos Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Judi Foos, a former Terra State staff member.

The Fremont Company Scholarship Endowment was established by The Fremont Company to assist Terra State students.

The Fremont Federal Credit Union Scholarship Endowment was established to benefit students who have demonstrated a need for financial support to pursue post-secondary education.

The Fremont Lions Club Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students that are Sandusky County residents.

The Fremont Rotary Club Scholarship Endowment was established to provide scholarships for graduates of Fremont Ross High and/or St. Joseph Central Catholic High School.

The David G. Gangwer Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by family and friends in memory of Sandusky County Sheriff David Gangwer to assist Sandusky County residents majoring in Law Enforcement.

The Paul E. Gillmor Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by the Gillmor Foundation in memory of Paul E. Gillmor.

The Richard Halstead Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by his wife in memory of Richard T. Halstead, a former faculty member.

The Grace Delware Hamilton Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Robert “Red” Haslinger Jr. Scholarship Endowment was established to assist residents of Sandusky County attending Terra State.

The Herman-Kinn Funeral Homes Scholarship was established to assist Terra State Students.

The Don Herrit Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of former Divisional Vice President of Whirlpool Corporation - Findlay, Don Herrit.

The Home Savings Business Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Business major at Terra State Community College.

The William E. House Scholarship Endowment was established by his son for Nursing and Allied Health students.

The Aaron James Kajfasz Memorial Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students able to demonstrate a military relationship and have a bilingual background or are enrolled in a second language course.

The Roy W. Klay Scholarship Endowment was established by Roy W. Klay, founding college president, to assist Terra State students.

The Roy W. Klay Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Roy W. Klay, founding college president.

The Jennifer Kneeskern Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to assist female Terra State students in their second year majoring in Nursing.

The Lee N. Koenig Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State Students.

The Myron Kraak Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Myron Kraak to assist students from Sandusky County.

The Lake Erie Firelands Tourist Council Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students majoring in Hospitality Management or Marketing.

The Glenn and Evelyn Maddy Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Susan and Kelly Maines Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of both Susan Maines and Kelly Maines, a former student.

The Medical Staff of Memorial Hospital Scholarship Endowment was established to assist nursing and allied health students.

The Janet Ann Merriman Selby Memorial Scholarship was established by family members in memory of Janet Ann Merriman Selby to assist second year students majoring in Nursing.

The Anthony William Morley Memorial Scholarship was established by the Suzanne Morley Family in memory of Anthony William Morley.

The National Machinery Scholarship Endowment was established to benefit high school graduates of Seneca County enrolled in a twoyear technical or nursing program at Terra State.

The Herb and Helen Napka Jazz Memorial Scholarship was established by Pamela Benedict, daughter of Herb and Helen Napka. Awards will be made to Terra State students majoring in Jazz and American Music Studies.

The Ron Neeley Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by the Wanda Coldiron family in memory of her brother and long-time Terra State Faculty member, Ron Neeley. Awards are made to Terra State students majoring in the areas of Digital Media and the Arts.

The Richard Newman Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of former Terra State staff member, Richard Newman, and is awarded to students with disabilities.

The Norton Endowment for Manufacturing Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Manufacturing Engineering.

The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students pursuing careers in nursing and allied health.

The OCAN - Last Dollar Scholarship was established to support students enrolling through the Ohio College Access Network Program.

The Ohio-Firelands Coloring of Plastics Scholarship Endowment was established by the Ohio-Firelands Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Plastics Engineering Technology Program or Coloring of Plastics Activities at Terra State Community College.

The Ottawa County Resident Scholarship Endowment was established for the residents of Ottawa County attending Terra State.

The Robert A. Parker & Nancy L. Parker Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Tom Perry Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Tom Perry, a former member of Terra State’s ElderCollege.

The Dr. Weldon Petz Music Memorial Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students.

The President’s Scholarship was established as an honorary scholarship to assist deserving Terra State students.

The ProMedica Memorial Hospital Scholarship Endowment was established by Pro-Medica Memorial Hospital and is awarded to students majoring in Nursing/Allied Health.

The ProMedica Scholarship was established for students majoring in a Nursing or Allied Health Program.

The Ernest R. Radabaugh Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Ernest R. Radabaugh.

The Mary Recktenwald Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of former Terra State staff member, Mary Recktenwald.

The Lorene & Luella Reese Nursing Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Lorene & Luella Reese, and is awarded to students enrolled in the Nursing Program.

The Michael D. Ryder Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Michael Ryder, a former student.

The Javier Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Javier Sanchez, a former student.

The Sandusky Area Health Education Center Scholarship was established by the University of Toledo College Sandusky Area Health Education Center to assist both physical therapy and nursing students in their first program year.

The Sandusky County Human Resource Management Association Scholarship Endowment offers scholarships for students planning to graduate in Business.

The Sandusky County Resident Scholarship Endowment was established for the residents of Sandusky County.

The Rudolph “Rudy” Sattler Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Rudy Sattler, a former Terra State adjunct faculty member, to support students enrolled in developmental math courses at Terra State.

The Seneca County Resident Scholarship Endowment was established for the residents of Seneca County.

The Don and Mary Shaffer Music Scholarship Endowment offers scholarships for students enrolled in a Music Program.

The Dudley (Fred) Singer II Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Fred Singer, a former Fremont Federal Credit Union board member, by the Fremont Federal Credit Union.

The Brad S. Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Brad S. Smith, a former Terra State faculty member, to assist Terra State students majoring in criminal justice or social work.

The Roger S. Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Roger S. Smith and is awarded to a Port Clinton student enrolled in Business.

The Social Work Assistant Scholarship offers an award for a student planning to graduate as a Social Work Assistant.

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Scholarship offers awards for full-time students planning to study the Coloring of Plastics.

The St. Francis Foundation Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Nursing and Allied Health Students at Terra State.

The St. Francis Guild Scholarship was established for female students at Terra State.

The Harry Stenson Memorial Scholarship was established by KeyBank and is awarded to students residing in Port Clinton majoring in Nursing, Allied Health, Early Childhood Education, Music, or Art.

The Davis Sunderland Scholarship Endowment was established by fellow Fremont Rotarians to honor Dave Sutherland’s decades of community service. It supports students who are working to improve their lives through higher education.

The Norman O. and Anna Belle Swaisgood Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Norman O. and Anna Belle Swaisgood, a former board member, and his wife Anna Belle. Awards are made to Music Program students.

The Taylor Family Scholarship Endowment was established by the William H. Taylor family to assist Terra State Students.

The Terra State Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment was established to provide scholarships for students.

The Terra College Foundation General Scholarship was established to assist Terra State students and is in part supported by the development activities of the Terra College Foundation.

The Terra College Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded as a memorial from donations made by families and friends of the College.

The Terra College Foundation Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State students.

The Terra Community College Support Staff Local #217 Scholarship has established a scholarship fund through donations of its membership.

The Terra Faculty Association Scholarship has established a scholarship fund through donations of its membership.

The Uzelac and Friends Scholarship Endowment was established by Stephen Uzelac to fund scholarships for Terra State students.

The Lois Van Dyne Memorial Scholarship was established to assist students majoring in Art at Terra State.

The Van Voorhis Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Eugene Van Voorhis, a former Terra State instructor.

The James K. Walter Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James K. Walter by his family and friends to assist Terra State students majoring in Business Finance and Healthcare, who have exhibited civic duty.

The Diane L. Warnke Hawk Scholarship Endowment was established to assist Terra State Students.

The Shannon L. Wellington Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Shannon L. Wellington, a former student.

The Ruth “Babe” Willey Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in memory of Ruth “Babe” Willey, a former Terra State instructor, by her family. Awards are made to student majoring in Science.

The Ned G. Williams Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Ned G. Williams by his daughter, Lisa Williams.

The Joe & Sharon Wilson Scholarship Endowment was established by Joe and Sharon Wilson to assist graduating seniors from Clyde High School for credit courses at Terra State.

The Robert and Mary Lou Wilson Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Robert Wilson, a former Terra State instructor, and his wife Mary Lou.

The Bob & Ann Woolf Scholarship Endowment was established by Bob and Ann Woolf to assist Business students at Terra State.

“Great Start” Merit Scholarships

20 awards - $1500 each

New students and recent high school graduates who achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average in their high school junior and senior years and plan to attend Terra State Community College full-time may apply.

Academic achievement is the primary selection factor. Other factors considered are:

  • Being a first generation college student,
  • Preparation for college level work as evidenced by ACT or COMPASS test scores and college prep or college courses completed,
  • Completion of Career Center or College Access Programs (Tech Prep), or
  • Participation in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options at Terra State Community College.

Merit scholarship recipients who complete the service learning seminar (GEN 1600) and earn at least a 3.0 grade point average with 30 semester hours earned in the academic year may qualify for the renewal of scholarship for the next academic year.

Vanguard Sentinel Career Center Awards

An outstanding recent graduating senior in each career program at Vanguard Sentinel Career Center will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

College Credit Plus Awards

An outstanding recent graduating senior in each College Credit Plus. Vanguard Sentinel Career Center and EHOVE Career Center will be selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

“Jump Start” Need Scholarships

20 awards - $1000 each

New students who recently graduated through the Gateway program or new students who have been away from school for at least three years may apply. Full-time or part-time enrollment plans will be considered. Unmet financial need is the primary selection factor.

“Second Chance” Need Scholarships

10 awards - $500 each

Returning students who have been away from the College for at least five years after an unsuccessful enrollment experience and aren’t academically eligible for federal student aid may apply. Unmet financial need is the primary selection factor. Fulltime or part-time enrollment plans will be considered. Awards are on a first come, first served basis.

The William Olpp Family Trust Scholarships

Sandusky or Wyandot county residents admitted to the clinical portion of the Registered Nurse program at Terra State Community College may apply for $1000 scholarships. There may be up to 18 scholarship awards made depending on the annual earnings of the trust. The awards are made for one school year. Recipients of scholarships may apply once for renewal. Renewal applicants will compete with all other applicants for awards in the subsequent year.

Sandusky or Wyandot county residents pursing the State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) training may apply for $250 scholarships toward the cost of the class. There may be up to 8 scholarship awards per school year. These are one-time scholarship awards with no renewal.

Scholarship Application Procedures

  • Apply for admission to Terra State Community College.
  • Submit your official high school transcript to the College’s Admissions Office.
  • Complete the COMPASS or ACT college examination. The COMPASS assessment is available free of charge through the College’s Admissions Office.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Terra State’s school code on the FAFSA is 008278. Assistance with applying for FAFSA on the web is available from the College’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Complete the Terra State Community College Scholarship Application on the Terra State student portal.
  • The application priority deadline is April 1. Applications received after the April 1 priority deadline may still receive consideration.

Veterans Educational Benefits Information

Students with veteran eligibility through the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) may be certified to receive DVA educational benefits by registering in the Veterans Resource Center, located on the first floor of Building A in Room 101 or in Financial Aid with the Director of Financial Aid in A200.

How To Apply For Benefits

Veterans or eligible dependents wishing to enroll should:

  1. Contact the Veterans Resource.
  2. Complete the DVA Application Form for Education Benefits. The DVA application form is available online at www.gibill.va.gov. This form should be completed, and submitted, to the DVA before the start of the enrollment period.
  3. Provide a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 (Authorization for Separation from Active Duty) or Certificate of Eligibility for Chapter 1606 or 1607.
  4. Indicate the applicant’s DVA Claim Number on the application, if a prior claim was filed with the DVA.
  5. Enroll every term in courses meeting the curriculum requirements in the student’s program of study.

Every term, the Veterans Resource Center reviews and certifies each veteran for the number of credit hours taken.

Change of Program/Objective

Veterans who have used DVA benefits in the past and have entitlement remaining may change their original objective or program of study by completing the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (DVA Form 22-1995) online at www.gibill.va.gov.

Change of Course Schedule

Veterans who wish to change their course schedules during the term should inform the Veterans Resource Center immediately so that courses that are part of the DVA approved program can be certified for payment.

Re-enrollment

Veterans who wish to enroll for classes following a complete withdrawal or lapse in enrollment should notify the Veterans Resource Center so that proper certification can be made to the DVA.

Responsibilities of Veteran Students

Veteran students should be sure to:

  1. Consult an enrollment advisor and enroll in courses meeting the curriculum requirements of the program of study.
  2. Attend classes regularly and complete course requirements satisfactorily to continue receiving DVA benefits.
  3. Notify the School Certifying Official when they:
  • Drop or add courses
  • Withdraw from classes
  • Stop attending classes
  • Change name, address and/or telephone number
  • Change educational major
  • Have any concerns or questions about benefits

Credit for Military Training

Terra State Community College recognizes the value of military training and experience and accepts the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for credit. There is no charge for the evaluation of military experience credits. In order to receive credit for military training, a Veteran must request an official transcript be sent to the College’s Records Office.

Transcripts from the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy are available at jst@doded.mil. Air Force transcripts are available at www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.

Veteran Credit Hour Payment Status

Credit Hours Per Term VA Payment Status
12 or More Full-time
9-11 Three-quarter-time
6-8 Half-time
5 or less Less-than-half-time