Lakeland offers many types of financial aid assistance, including federal and state grants, federal work-study employment, federal student loans (Direct Loans) and scholarships. Most students receive a combination of these, which is known as a financial aid offer.
For consideration for all types of financial aid at Lakeland, you must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest sources of financial aid to pay for college through federal, state and school sources.
A federal grant is financial aid that does not require repayment and is often need-based. Two of the most common federal grants include the Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.
For more information on grants, watch the video playlist below.
Federal Work-Study is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment for students while enrolled in school to help pay for educational expenses. Students must submit a Federal Work-Study Request Form, which is located under "Year Specific Forms/Worksheets" on the Financial Aid Forms page, to Lakeland's Student Service Center.
A Direct Loan is a federal loan, made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, for which eligible students and parents borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools. Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Direct PLUS Loans are types of Direct Loans.
For more information on federal loans, watch the video playlist below.
Thanks to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Lakeland has several resources available to assist students in returning to college and making progress towards their academic goals.
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio's competitiveness within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines and STEM education. Eligibility criteria includes students who are new to one of the designated STEM degrees or certificates; current Lakeland students must have a minimum 3.0 to be considered.
These scholarships are available to Lakeland students in both health care and information technology and computer science (IT&CS) programs. The Choose Ohio First application information for these programs can be found here.
The Second Chance Grant is designed to reduce financial barriers preventing Ohioans with some college credit but no bachelor's degree from returning to complete their degrees.
The ODHE has awarded Lakeland Community College funds under the Short-term Certificate Grant Program to provide grants to students enrolled in certificate programs to meet the in-demand needs of Ohio based business and industries.
The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship (WOS) program provides financial assistance to the children of veterans killed in combat or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.
The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation.
The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program provides financial assistance to Ohio residents with demonstrated financial need as determined by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund provides financial assistance to a child, spouse, or qualified former spouse of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line of duty anywhere in the United States. It also provides financial assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services of the U.S. who has been killed in the line of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a combat zone designated by the President of the United States.
Scholarships are financial aid funds that are gifts and do not need to be repaid. Scholarships are provided to students by the college, The Lakeland Foundation or outside contributors based on criteria determined by the donor. Some scholarships are based on academic achievement, a special talent, trait or interest and others are based on financial need.
The majority of Lakeland's scholarships require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is strongly encouraged that in addition to the scholarship application, the FAFSA should be completed at studentaid.gov/fafsa for you to be considered for all Lakeland scholarships, federal and state financial aid. In addition to the scholarship application, international students must also submit an International Student Supplemental Scholarship Form.
The Lakeland Foundation Scholarship application and listing of all available scholarships can be found on myLakeland. View the scholarship list here.
To apply for The Lakeland Foundation Scholarships:
Thanks to a very generous grant from the KeyBank Foundation as well as ongoing support from The Lakeland Foundation, Lakeland is pleased to offer the Begin the Conversation program. The Begin the Conversation program initiative is designed to promote a successful higher education experience at Lakeland for new students from low-income, first generation and minority populations by providing tuition and books, wraparound support, mentoring, and job training at no financial cost to the students.
Participants are required to:
Priority for this grant will be given to low income, minority, first-generation college students.
For more information, complete the Begin the Conversation Information Request form.
Lakeland encourages students to pursue outside scholarships as a way to help pay for college expenses. A list of some outside scholarships can be found here, including requirements and contact information.
To apply for outside scholarships, read and follow the instructions listed for each individual scholarship. Applying for these scholarships will not take place in myLakeland and must be completed on an individual basis.
In addition, these free scholarship search sites below offer information about other outside scholarship opportunities:
Lakeland recognizes that prior balances may present a challenge to return and meet educational goals. If you are a former student who owes a balance to Lakeland Community College or to one of the other seven participating institutions, you may be eligible for assistance in returning to school.
Lakeland is privileged to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and we are fully accredited under the laws that provide educational benefits for veterans. Lakeland's Veterans Benefits Certifying Specialist will assist with applying for VA educational benefits. The certifying specialist will certify enrollment and assist new and continuing student veterans with the processing of VA forms for educational benefits. For assistance, contact the Veterans Benefits Certifying Specialist.
The Charles E. Schell Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee student loan was established to aid students in securing an education that may otherwise be unattainable. The loans are interest-free and without security.
Qualifications of student candidates for the loan are: