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Published 1/14/2005

Owens Financial Aid Opportunities Help Students Achieve Academic Dreams

Area residents are often faced with the uphill struggle of finding financial resources to pursue a college education. For Owens Community College student Kelly Hutton such an obstacle would not deter her from the dream of someday becoming an office manager.

The 35-year-old mother of two is among more than 12,900 students who are making their academic aspirations a reality as a result of the various financial aid programs available at Owens.

"Receiving financial aid was a tremendous help to my family," said Hutton, who received a $500 Private Industry Collaborative Scholarship from the College's Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as several grants and loans. "Without the assistance I wouldn't be able to attend Owens. Pursuing a college education is possible for any individual because of the available financial aid opportunities."

The Vanlue resident added that the representatives in Owens' Financial Aid Office were extremely helpful and made the application experience very easy.

Owens currently participates in several need-based federal and state funded grant programs, work study opportunities, and loans, which all require applicants to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine financial need. Additionally, numerous scholarships are available to Owens students through the Board of Trustees Academic Excellence Scholarship Program, the College's Foundation Scholarship Program and from outside contributors.

Specific programs accessible to students include the Federal Pell Grant, the Ohio Instructional Grant, the Part-time Ohio Instructional Grant, the Access Grant, the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan and the Federal Work Study, among others.

"Owens Community College is committed to offering the maximum amount of educational resources for students to fund their college education," said Betsy Johnson, Owens Director of Financial Aid. "Applications are now available for the 2005-06 academic year and I encourage prospective students to submit the form as soon as possible."

She added, "Students who apply now will have the advantage of being eligible for considerably more financial aid than those who wait until late spring."

Owens students must submit a new financial aid application for each academic year. Forms are available in the College's Financial Aid Office, and most can be completed online or downloaded by accessing the Owens website at www.owens.edu . One of the first application deadlines is for 2005-06 Owens Foundation Scholarships on February 15.

Additionally, individuals interested in acquiring information about financial aid are invited to attend the College Goal Sunday host by Owens on February 13. The state-sponsored event will focus on helping students complete their FAFSA applications needed to obtain financial aid. College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center.

Owens Community College this past year provided more than $41.9 million in grants, scholarships, loans and federal work study to support the educational needs of students. Recently, the Owens Community College Foundation awarded scholarships in the amount of $53,000 to students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership. The College's Board of Trustees also provides more than $92,000 in scholarships to 92 students through its Academic Excellence Program.

For more information, contact the College's Financial Aid Office at (567) 661- 7343 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7343.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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