Students who graduate from Toledo Public Schools are finding more opportunities to fulfill their dream of going to college, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Owens Community College and The University of Toledo.
Beginning with the 2009 TPS graduates, students who show financial need are being given the chance to attend college tuition-free at either Owens or UT.
TPS graduates from any of the district’s nine high schools are eligible to apply for the UT Guarantee at the University of Toledo or the Success Program at Owens Community College.
“Toledo Public Schools appreciates the continuing support from both UT and Owens, and the generosity they are extending to our students,” TPS Superintendent John Foley said. “These scholarships provide our students with a tremendous opportunity to pursue their interests while earning either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.”
Admission counselors from both UT and Owens have been visiting each TPS high schools to outline the requirements of the scholarships to students. One eligibility requirement is that students must show financial need to qualify for either scholarship. Students and parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process. The FAFSA is used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine a family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) toward a student’s college education. Through the FAFSA, a “need analysis” is conducted based on financial information, including: income, assets and other household information. The form is submitted to, and processed by, a federal processor contracted by the U.S. Department of Education, and the results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the school(s) that a student lists on their application. For more information about the FAFSA application process, students are encouraged to visit http://www.fafsa.e
d.gov/ or talk to their school counselor.
Success Program at Owens Community College
Owens Community College is now even more accessible for students from Toledo Public Schools in 2009. Tuition is free through the Success Scholarship Program. To qualify students need to receive only partial financial aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant. Owens will provide a grant to cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees for up to three years.
The objective of the Success Program is to make an associate’s degree available for all students. The program gives students a reason to stay in school and earn their high school diploma since it is available only to high school graduates. There is no grade point restriction. Students must complete the FAFSA form. Once they qualify for any assistance then Owens Community College picks up the rest. The final step is to enroll at Owens. Advisors at the college will work with students to discover their areas of interest. The program is funded through the efforts of the Owens Community College Foundation.
Past scholarship winners have participated in a summer bridge program, which is a college program to prepare students to succeed at college-level work. Owens credits transfer to all Ohio colleges and many more institutions so Owens is a great place to start.
The UT Guarantee at The University of Toledo
The UT Guarantee offers 100 percent tuition and general fees for academically qualified students that can show financial need and who meet the following criteria:
• Must be a recent graduate of Toledo Public Schools
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need, along with showing eligibility for a Pell Grant
• Hold a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point-average in high school
• The scholarship is good for all four years of college, as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade-point-average, successfully completes 30-credit hours each school year and files the FAFSA annually.
Parents who have questions about either of these scholarship opportunities are encouraged to contact a counselor at their child’s high school or the admissions office at either UT or Owens Community College.