Grants and Scholarships

The College provides qualified North Central State College students with academic, financial need, and general scholarships for college-related expenses. There are scholarships available for new and current students as well as full-time and part-time students.

Financial need is a specific qualifier for some scholarships. For an applicant to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need, he or she must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). FAFSAs are submitted online at, opens in a new window. North Central State College’s federal school code is 005313 (this needs to be entered on the FAFSA application). Contact the College’s Financial Aid Office with questions about FAFSA.

Tuition Freedom Scholarships logo
Reminder!  To be eligible for the Tuition Freedom Scholarship, you must take action (submitting a FAFSA and other requested documentation, etc.) to have your eligibility for federal student aid determined each year by dates posted on the College Web site.  For 2019-2020, submission deadlines are:

FAFSA Application deadline is July 5, 2019.

Submit any information requested from financial aid by July 18, 2019.

Many scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid office are funded by donations to the North Central State College Foundation. For a complete list of scholarships available from the foundation and information about creating a scholarship fund, see Foundation Scholarships.


Most grants are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The first step towards receiving a grant is completing the financial aid application process.

Federal Pell Grant

Up to $6195 (for the 2019-2020 year) per year based on degree of need and number of credit hours enrolled

  • 12 or more credit hours is full time
  • 9-11 hours is 3/4 time
  • 6-8 hours is 1/2 time
  • 1-5 hours is 1/4 time

Foundation Tom Carter Memorial Educational Aid Fund

Provides grants for students with financial emergency need (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)

Foundation Necessities Loan Fund

Loan provides for books, uniforms, fees, etc., to students in at least their third College quarter with at least a 2.25 GPA who receive little or no financial aid; loan is forgiven if student graduates from North Central State within four years of first Necessities Fund loan (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)


Choose Ohio First Scholarship

for STEMM majors* (* = Science, technology, engineering, math, medical)

Students new to NC State can qualify for a scholarship funded by the State of Ohio. Its purpose is to support Ohioans preparing for careers in STEMM fields and to encourage them to remain in Ohio when they graduate. Benefits:

  • Minimum amount is $1,500 per year, but awards can be higher
  • No need to apply, all who are eligible will be considered
  • Scholarship recipients (called scholars) receive special advising and educational programming

Qualifying majors:

  • Graphic Design
  • Networking
  • Cyber Security
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Bioscience
  • Mathematics
  • Registered Nursing
  • Pre-registered Nursing

Other eligibility factors:

  • No previous NC State enrollment except in CCP classes
  • First time enrollment in fall semester
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or in previous college courses for transfer students
  • Attending at least half-time


  • Scholars are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • The State of Ohio reserves the right to modify program features and funding.

John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

Legislative changes were implemented to help identify applicants who are or were in the foster care system.  These applicants may be eligible for assistance through federal programs for foster youth, such as the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program.

New application processing edits generate FAFSA SAR comment codes 165 and 166.  This comment text informs any applicant identified as a foster youth or someone who was in the foster care system that he or she may be eligible for assistance through federal programs for foster youth. More info can be found here , opens in a new windowand where the applicant can find contact information , opens in a new windowfor his or her state ETV coordinator.

Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Program Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Families and Children Toll-Free: (855) 471-1931 Email:

Non-FAFSA on the Web filers who respond Yes to Question 53 on the FAFSA, (At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?) receive comment code 165

This paperwork is submitted each term to the NCSC Cashier’s Office

Outside Scholarships - Offered by Independent Organizations

These scholarships are provided by organizations outside of North Central State College. Please contact these organizations directly to apply for a scholarship.

Richland County Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships are based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a Richland County resident or graduate from a Richland County high school.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Pursue a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college or career school.
  • New applicants must achieve a 2.5 GPA or above and previous scholarship recipients applying for a scholarship must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • The deadline for applying for college scholarships is April 1st each year. Students must apply each year. These are not recurring scholarships.

Crawford County Ohio Scholarships

The CF4CC currently offers twenty-three different scholarships for students who are currently students at one of the six Crawford County Schools or have graduated from said schools.

Please head over here, opens in a new window for more information on the scholarship opportunities for Crawford County residents.

Ashland County Community Foundation Scholarships

Please click here to apply for the Ashland Community Foundations scholarships, opens in a new window and view scholarship opportunities and information about the donors who created each of our scholarship funds.

Students may apply for scholarships beginning January 1 of each year. The application deadline date for scholarships is posted on their website.

The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County Scholarships

Please click here to apply for The Community Fundations of Mount Vernon and Knox County scholarships (PDF), opens in a new window and view scholarship opportunities , opens in a new windowand information about the donors who created each of our scholarship funds.

The application deadline date for scholarships is posted on their website.

The Mansfield Noon Optimist

The Scholarship Criteria is as follows:
  1. Have a permanent home address in Richland County
  2. Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program
  3. Provide two character reference letters
  4. Have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  5. Scholarship grant dollars will be sent directly to the college or university prior to start of fall semester
  6. If finalist, student may be required to meet with scholarship committee for a personal interviewApplication and more info is available here., opens in a new window

The Amish Descendants Scholarship Fund

The Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund (ADSF) was founded by a small group of former Amish with big dreams — to help other former Amish realize their dreams of earning a college education. Because the Amish only study to the eighth grade, it is challenging for those who leave the community to pursue a higher education. We hope to offer a helping hand by providing financial assistance and support. For more information about ADSF and how to apply, please visit our website: Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund, opens in a new window.