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CARES Act Emergency Grants FAQs

NC-CARES Emergency Grants Frequently Asked Questions

If you were enrolled in classes on March 16, 2020 and have current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, there is a good chance you are eligible to receive assistance. These funds were made available as the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). We have created the following opportunities related to this funding:

  • Spring degree and certificate graduates will receive a $200 check for their efforts.
  • Students who re-enroll in summer or fall can receive up to $1,200 on top of other financial aid.
  • Students with immediate basic needs may also request a special small grant by filling out a brief application. Please note these funds are limited, and we ask that students consider the weight of their needs before applying.

If you have any questions not answered below, please email nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu, or call 419-755-4730.

  • These are emergency student grants from the federal stimulus CARES Act designated to assist students disrupted by the COVID crisis during spring term.

    • Paying tuition and fees.
    • Other living expenses such as food, housing, vehicle repair, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

    • Students enrolled at NC State College as of March 16, 2020 in a major eligible for federal financial aid. The CARES Act requires these students be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. College Credit Plus students are not eligible. Currently enrolled students must be making satisfactory academic progress in line with federal financial aid rules – including grades for spring term.
    • The student must have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college. Even if a current FAFSA is not on file, a student can still file a FAFSA for fall term. Note that an individual may first wish to check basic eligibility requirements for filing a FAFSA, which includes submission of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent credential.

    Finally, students that were enrolled as of March 16 in a designated fully online program are ineligible per the CARES Act rules. These students would have had a special designated advisor (Brad Dunmire of Casey Kelley) during spring term.

    • NC State does offer other avenues for assistance, though these are more limited than funds from the CARES Act. These include an emergency loaner laptop program, on-campus food program and a small emergency grant program run through the NC State Foundation. Further, NC State is working to develop additional scholarship assistance to persons impacted by the crisis – especially for certificates. We encourage all interested persons to inquire through nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu even if they feel they do not qualify for CARES grants.

  • Most post high school students will be automatically eligible by virtue of having filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) – even if not awarded a Pell grant. The eligibility data required by CARES is part of that filing. Students enrolled in spring term that do not have a current FASFA on file are encouraged to complete a new one.

  • As long as a student has a last day of course attendance of March 16 or later, and maintains satisfactory academic progress, withdrawal should not impact their ability to take part. However, they would still need to re-enroll for summer and/or fall terms.

    • Spring degree and certificate graduates (financial aid eligible programs only) will receive a $200 payment. This will include spring petitioners whose graduation was delayed until summer due to inability to complete clinical or practicum courses. Certificate graduates had to have been majoring in their certificate, and not a related degree.
    • Post high school students from spring term who enroll in summer or fall will receive an automatic formula distribution based on their enrollment and Pell eligibility. This distribution will be in addition to other financial aid or scholarships. Course attendance will be verified over the first portion of the term, after which students will receive the payment. Students can only receive this stipend once, even if they attend both summer and fall. The majority of CARES funds have been directed to this formula distribution.

    Distribution Formula

    How the funds will be disbursed

    Term Enrollment Level: Full-Time (greater than or equal to 12 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $1,200
    Not Pell Eligible: $800
    Term Enrollment Level: Three-quarter (7-11 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $1,000
    Not Pell Eligible: $600
    Term Enrollment Level: Half-time (6 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $800
    Not Pell Eligible: $400
    Term Enrollment Level: Less than half (less than 6 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $600
    Not Pell Eligible: $200
    • A smaller amount of CARES funds have been set aside as a small emergency grant for basic needs for students enrolled in spring who continue onto summer and fall. Students are asked to fill out an application and take part in a short meeting to help best meet their needs. Students can receive both a small discretionary grant and the formula distribution, though the amount of discretionary grants is limited.

  • Payments to spring graduates will be processed prior to ending of the term. Students receiving the formula award must maintain enrollment through the first part of their terms to qualify. For the discretionary grant, students must be enrolled or at least registered for summer or fall terms.

  • To maximize this award for the greatest number of people, we ask that requests be reasonable.

  • NC State has made the policy decision to allocate the majority of CARES Act funds to the formula distributions for summer and fall. Therefore, we have allocated approximately $40,000 toward small discretionary grants to meet immediate basic needs prior to the start of summer or fall terms. We ask that students weigh their needs versus those of others when considering these special requests. Further, students in NC State’s TRiO Student Support Services program are asked to first access emergency grants available through that program.

    • Yes, if you choose too. NC State is developing a form that will allow students to indicate the intention to apply all or part of the grant to tuition. This will soon be available online.
    • As noted earlier, the formula grant is not disbursed until after the start of the term. However, NC State is willing to discuss flexibility to holding fall registrations past the standard cancellation deadline for students that wish to apply their formula grant. Students must contact the NC State cashier’s office at 419-755-4722 or cashier@ncstatecollege.edu to make arrangements for payment plans.

    • Spring graduate petitioners eligible for the $200 award will have checks mailed to their home address.
    • Discretionary grant requests will be processed as soon as possible. To speed the request, the application provides options to set up the short telephone or Zoom meeting to best determine needs and additional supports. Please note that as NC State employees are working from home this summer, checks are run once a week.
    • Formula grants for enrolled students in summer and fall will be disbursed in the first half of the semester once attendance patterns have been verified. Since awards are partly based on level of credit hours, it is important for students to maintain enrollment and participation in their classes to avoid being dropped.
    • While the NC State campus is closed, checks will be mailed to a student’s address of record.

  • The Internal Revenue Service has provided information for students who receive money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery Act (CARES Act) program to assist students with expenses incurred as a result of the CORVID-19 closure of the college. For more information, click here.

  • May 8, 2020

    To: All NC State Students (post high school) enrolled for the Spring 2020 Semester

    From: Dr. Dorey Diab, President and CEO

    Re: Announcement of CARES Act funding for NC State Students

    Congratulations on the successful completion of your studies for Spring 2020. It was certainly an unprecedented term in many ways, and I am proud of you for adapting and maintaining your commitment to your education.

    As you finish finals this week, we are finalizing the plans for disbursing emergency grants provided to our students in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package approved by the federal government. These funds were made available as the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). If you were enrolled in classes on March 16, 2020 and have current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, there is a good chance you are eligible to receive assistance. We have created the following opportunities related to this funding:

    • Spring degree and certificate graduates will receive a $200 check for their efforts.
    • Students who re-enroll in summer or fall can receive up to $1,200 on top of other financial aid.
    • Students with immediate basic needs may also request a special small grant by filling out a brief application. Please note these funds are limited, and we ask that students consider the weight of their needs before applying.

    We invite you to visit our website to review the Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act which explain all of the details of the distribution of funds. Funds can be used for a variety of living expenses, including payment of tuition and fees. We would be happy to help you align a portion of your CARES Act award to continue your education, including summer term that starts May 20th. Finally, you can still file a FASFA to become eligible for CARES grants – regardless of whether you qualify for a Pell grant.

    In closing, welcome to your summer break. Our faculty and staff will continue working remotely and doing all we can to meet your needs. We are planning to provide lab and clinical experiences required for students as the summer begins. And we have tentative plans to provide some in-person classes this fall (as allowed by the state of Ohio). Many students are telling us they are becoming more comfortable with distance learning and the flexibility it provides.

    I encourage you to continue believing in yourself, believing in your dream of a college education and a better life, and most importantly, to continue working during these current challenging times. The effort you invest today will prepare you for a brighter future – and I believe that future will be here very soon.

    I am proud of you all, and look forward to seeing on campus very soon!

    Well done one and all,

    Dorey Diab, Ph.D.

    President & CEO

    North Central State College

    Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction

    1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. North Central State College submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student aid portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to the Department of Education on April 14, 2020. The Grant Award Notification was received on April 21, 2020. North Central State College intends to use at least 50 percent of its total CARES Act funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. The entire agreement is available here. (PDF)
    2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $705,064
    3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). As of 06/23/2020 – $78,200
    4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 6/23/2020 – 620 Students
    5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 6/23/2020 – 302 Students
    6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. See “Distribution Formula” and “How will funds be distributed” above.
    7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. This information is provided in numerous sections above.

NC State is the right college right now!

No matter your situation, NC State has a lot to offer.

Every student is unique, and at NC State we’re working hard to support our students as they continue working toward their goal of a college education. If you have any questions, contact admissions@ncstatecollege.edu.

Fall 2020 classes are forming now.

    • College Credit Plus and College NOW provide college credit while still enrolled in high school
    • Successful CCP students are offered Tuition Freedom Scholarships
    • Tuition Freedom Scholarships are available for CCP students who meet the TFS guidelines. You could complete a certificate or associate degree tuition-free.
    • NC State offers CCP classes in more than 55 area high schools, online and in-person on our campus in Mansfield, Shelby and at the Crawford Success Center in Bucyrus.
    • The CCP credits you earn while in high school can save you thousands of dollars when you transfer to college after you graduate from high school.

    Click Here  for more information about College Credit Plus at NC State.

    • Don’t take a gap year. Often, students who step away from continuing their studies, have trouble regaining their educational momentum.
    • If your plans are changing during the current crisis, consider staying close to home, and earning quality, transferrable credits – at NC State at a fraction of the cost per credit hour compared to other colleges and universities.
    • We’re committed to helping you secure all the financial aid for which you qualify.
    • In addition to traditional financial aid, we are working to provide new awards for students pursuing short-term certificates and providing emergency funding through the NC State College Foundation and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from the federal government.
    • If you took College Credit Plus courses while in high school, you may qualify for a Tuition Freedom Scholarship from NC State – allowing you to earn a certificate or associate degree tuition-free.
    • NC State offers individualized service and support to every student.

    Click here for more  information about available programs and enrolling at NC State!

    • If you’ve been dreaming of a new career, now is the time to pursue that dream. The right certificate or degree can change your life for the better.
    • With more than 60 degrees and certificate programs available, you can update your skills or retrain for a new career.
    • We’re committed to helping you secure all the financial aid for which you qualify.
    • In addition to traditional financial aid, we are working to provide new awards for students pursuing short-term certificates and by providing emergency funding through the NC State College Foundation.

    For more information tailored to the needs of adult students, click here.

    If you would like more information about online learning, click here.

  • COVID-19 has upended our lives. As summer begins we have more questions than answers about the future and when we can all regain some normalcy in our lives. Higher education has been upended too.

    But many institutions are responding and evolving. North Central State College is one of those responding to meet the changing needs of so many. We are committed to keeping students safe while providing them the opportunity to continue their pursuit of a college education.

    For more than 50 years, NC State has been the community college for north central Ohio, preparing tens of thousands of graduates for demanding jobs in manufacturing, business, public service and health care. We’ve also been quietly providing quality credits for thousands of students who are transferring to colleges and universities throughout Ohio with two-fold benefits – accelerating their journey to a college degree and saving their families significant amounts of money as they pursue that goal.

    It’s this second role – providing quality college credits that are guaranteed to transfer to other Ohio institutions – that is perfect for today.

    If your current plan to attend a college or university is uncertain, we offer certainty. Take credits close to home that will transfer and allow you to resume your original enrollment plan without losing a semester, or an entire year, of momentum toward your degree. NC State is affordable, flexible and the credits you earn are transferable.

    If your employment has been interrupted and your future employment seems less certain, we offer certainty. We have tens of thousands of alumni who are deemed essential, even critical, employees, proudly serving the needs of others in health care, safety forces, business and social services throughout the community.

    If the commitment to enroll in a long-term educational program makes you feel uncertain, NC State certificate programs may provide both confidence and certainty. We have dozens of certificates, some that can be completed in a few weeks.

    If you’re uncertain about taking classes online, you need to know how distance learning has changed. Online classrooms today closely resemble in-person classes. You see your classmates, and interact with them, participating in lively discussions with each other and your instructors. If you are still unsure about online education, NC State plans to offer in person instruction and a hybrid mixture of online and in person instruction this fall.

    If paying for college makes you uncertain, NC State has assembled numerous sources of grants and scholarships that provide financial assistance for the majority of our students. NC State’s affordable tuition, coupled with a commitment to help you find sources of financial aid, has resulted in less than 1 in 5 students needing to borrow money to complete their education. In comparison to universities, community colleges have become the “undergraduate scholarship option” to pursue higher education affordably.

    Whether you stay with NC State for a class, a semester, a certificate or a degree, we are here for you and we will help you get exactly what you need to move forward. NC State now offers a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in addition to dozens of associate degree and certificate programs.

    Those who prepare today will be poised to succeed as the country regains momentum.

    America is the land of opportunity. We have overcome countless obstacles throughout history. I believe COVID-19 will become another challenge that  Americans have risen to meet and overcome; joining countless wars, recessions, natural disasters and crises which have brought us together as a people and made us stronger as a nation.

    NC State is working to be the right college for right now – for each student – for as long as they need us.

    We would welcome the opportunity to explore your needs with you, and return a little certainty to your college education!

    For more information tailored to the needs of adult students, click here.

    If you would like more information about online learning, click here.

TFS Helps Family Focus on Future

Aliyah Burton, a liberal arts major, began her college experience in College Credit Plus (CCP) classes and soared from there.  “My family heard about the CCP option while I was in high school, and we ultimately decided on NC State College because it was close to home, had a lot of options for classes and career paths, and we like the possibility of being able to finish my associate degree through Tuition Freedom after high school.” She completed 20 credit hours of college while still in high school through CCP, which allowed her to qualify for TFS.  By doing so she has been able to complete credits toward her bachelor’s degree tuition-free.

Burton comes from a family of 13 kids and her decision to attend North Central State College has positively impacted her family.  “We have to be creative about the ways we can make higher education work while making sense financially,” she explains.  “NC State has been incredible, and the scholarships they offer have been very helpful as I have made decisions for my future.”

Three of Burton’s younger siblings have now been able to take on-campus classes through CCP.  She says that having the college-level work in high school has set them up for success in a unique way.  “They each have a different path than me, meaning that they might not all transfer to another school or pursue a career like me.  But that is the best part about North Central – it is an option that sets all my siblings, with their unique passions and career plans, on the path leading towards excellence and success.” She has even been able to take a few classes with her sister, Sarah.

Burton Family of 15 poses in front of the camera together for family photo.

Burton says her instructors through the CCP program have been outstanding.  “I appreciate the way instructors have recognized the position of high school students, while still having college-level expectations from them and wanting to excel,” Burton explains.  She says her English Composition classes were the most effective classes she took in preparing her for future college courses.  “Beth Franz and Scott Smith both taught me writing skills that will never be irrelevant in the world of higher education.  I also loved the element of researching and analyzing information for those classes.”

She says NC State is the reason she is now able to transfer to a 4-year university to finish her bachelor’s degree debt-free with honors.  “It was an extremely affordable option for me, but beyond financial benefits, the ability to participate in the Honors College and establish relationships with students on campus was invaluable,” Burton says.  Not only is she part of the Honors College but also Phi Theta Kappa and has worked as a tutor at the Tutoring Center.

For those still looking toward their future goals, Burton says she would encourage others to look at North Central as an important part of their career path, not just their educational path.  “Whatever your future goal may be, I am confident North Central has an option that would be a good fit for their path.  For me, it was the first half of my bachelor’s degree and experiences that were invaluable to my career,” she explains.  “For others, (NC State) offers all-inclusive degrees that can send students directly into the workplace.  Keeping a future-oriented mindset was helpful for me, and the advisors are excellent in keeping students’ future hopes and goals as the priority.”

“I loved my time at North Central State, and a good part of that was due to the open attitude I had towards growth and learning; this gave me good relationships with my instructors and other students.  Mindset is everything!  My final encouragement would be, go for it!”

After graduation, Burton plans on transferring to Liberty University in Virginia to complete her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.


Koepke named new Criminal Justice Program Coordinator/Instructor

North Central State College has hired David Koepke as program coordinator and instructor for the criminal justice program.  Koepke recently announced his retirement as Chief of Police from the Bucyrus Police Department after 31 years.

“It has been an enjoyable and rewarding career to serve the citizens of Bucyrus,” Koepke said during his announcement at the Bucyrus City Council meeting.  “This teaching position is a fantastic opportunity to continue the calling to serve in a new role in helping students realize their potential and provide a critical service to area communities.”

Koepke worked his way from patrol officer in 1989 to chief of police.  He has also served as an instructor of the Owens Community College Police Academy.  Koepke says he is most excited about joining NC State College because of the opportunity to guide students and prepare them for successful careers in criminal justice.  “One of the traits of a criminal justice professional is being a lifelong learner out of necessity as the issues they face are constantly evolving. Building positive relationships within and among partner organizations and the public is critical to being part of a strong organization and having career satisfaction.”

He cares most about the people he has served, an example of that is Operation HOPE, a program created through the police department. It is a police assisted addiction recovery initiative that helps people struggling with addiction and drug abuse connect with community resources.  Addiction is another problem cadets will face when they serve communities, and the success of that program within Bucyrus is another example of the great leadership Koepke can bestow on North Central State College students.

“Serving as a peace officer and in criminal justice is a calling to help others, work with people, build relationships, keep the peace, address community problems and work on solutions,” Koepke says.  “North Central State College police academy has an excellent reputation preparing area students for careers in law enforcement.”

Koepke is eager to transition to NC State College to begin a new chapter in his career.  He says he hopes to connect students with local law enforcement, “I look forward to networking with area chiefs and sheriffs in the region to encourage hiring North Central State College graduates and identifying future leaders of their departments that might consider continuing their education towards leadership by completing their associate degrees.”

He will join the staff at NC State College on August 13, 2020 and will be instructing three criminal justice courses in the fall semester.  He will work alongside Police Academy Commander Brad Copeland to become acclimated with the academy duties during the school year.

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Congratulations graduates. You did it!

Your college education didn’t end quite the way you expected. But then again, perhaps it did. You made it. You completed your program. You graduated. Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment.

As graduates you join thousands of NC State alumni who, during this time, are on the front lines working in healthcare, public service and as first responders. As you move into the world as a college graduate, my wish for you is that your education makes a difference in your life, as you make a difference in our community.

Changing lives and transforming communities is central to the mission of North Central State College. I look forward to the time we celebrate your graduation.

Well done one and all,

Dorey Diab, Ph.D.
President & CEO
North Central State College

Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction

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Life Experience Leads to Passion

Through her life experience, Meri Etzwiler found her passion.  She wants to be able to make a difference in others’ lives who may be struggling.  Etzwiler is a human and social work services student at North Central State College.  “I want a career where I can see that I matter to people,” she explains.  “I want to see people improving with smiles on their faces and help make a difference.  It’s important to me.”

Etzwiler has struggled with mental health issues, including substance use disorder, since she was a teenager.  She experienced a lot of tragedy, including the death of her sister.  She felt her life was spinning out of control and began using alcohol as a coping mechanism.  “I never learned any positive coping skills, that is where things hurt me in my life.  I didn’t know how to deal with stress and trauma,” Etzwiler says.  Now in her 40’s, she wants to help people learn that help is available.  That’s why she chose to study human and social work services.  “I want people to know they are not alone.”

Human and social work services is a profession that focuses on helping children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of needs, such as mental health, substance abuse, physical disabilities, and more.  Graduates with an associate degree can be certified as an assistant social worker through the state of Ohio.

Etzwiler tried college several other times before finally finding her place at North Central State College.  While visiting the college as a job shadow with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, I stopped in the TRiO office.  “I didn’t know programs like that existed for students, especially students like me.  It made me realize that if there is this kind of support here I could go back to school and I can graduate.”

The TRiO Student Support Services program provides a variety of educational support services for first-generation students, low-income and/or students with disabilities.  The purpose of the program is to increase college retention, graduation and transfer rates for eligible members.

“I have been through a lot on my own and I have always been able to relate to counselors and social workers who helped me through tough times,” Etzwiler says.  “I know there are some challenges where I will have to be able to separate my experiences from the experiences of my clients.  I feel like those life lessons have helped me empathize and understand what others may be going through.  I know the difficulties people face.  But I know I can’t solely rely on my experiences, that’s why it’s incredibly important to get the education so I can help others in the right way.”

She says she feels comfortable talking to others as a peer but she is looking forward to learning more about the technical side of social work and human services.  She wants to learn as much as she can about being a professional clinician and to work as a member of the treatment team.

“I have two main instructors that are in human and social work services department, Molly McCue and Christine Lynch.  I consider them to be the utmost professionals and I feel fortunate that I get to learn from them,” she says.  “I feel like after I finish my studies, I can contact them and ask for guidance and advice.”

Etzwiler will graduate in the spring of 2021.  She is currently working on completing her chemical dependency course and will be eligible to get a certification for a chemical dependency counseling assistant.  She is planning on continuing her education following obtaining her associate degree.  “I am excited about getting into the field and making as much of an impact as I possibly can on others’ lives.”

Student FAQs Coronavirus

College operations and facility precautionary measures

If you do not have access to the internet or technology outside of the college, you will need to contact your instructors.  Additional arrangements will be made for you to be able to complete your assignments such as packets prepared with assignments, exhibits, lecture notes, etc.

  • We have decided to curtail holding face to face classes beginning Monday, March 23. This means we transition to Canvas (learning management system), Zoom (video conferencing system) and other electronic formats.

  • If you have limited access to a computer or internet outside the college, contact your instructor and ask for alternative delivery of your course content.

  • March 24, 2020 — Following Governor Dewine’s directive, all offices and buildings are closed until further notice. If you require access to a building, contact the following individuals:

    Kehoe Center – Greg Timberlake 419-755-4740

    Health Sciences – Kelly Gray 419-755-4823

    Fallerius – Deb Hysell 419-755-4894

    Byron Kee – Tom Prendergast 419-755-4712

    Crawford Success Center – Amanda Sheets 419-755-9041

Classes and Academics

  • If you have not used Canvas widely, then now is the time to get more familiar with the tool as it is likely to be where most remote instruction takes place. Help documents and other tools are available at this NC State resource link.

  • Chromebook does not allow the full version of Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)  to download like other devices.

    For newer Chromebooks, you can use the Chrome Web Store to download the Offie 365 app and you can sign in with your NC State Office 365 login.

    The instructions can be found by clicking here.

    How to install and run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook – Office Support, opens in a new window How to install and run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook. If your Chromebook uses the Chrome Web Store, you can install Office to create, edit, and collaborate on your files using Office for the web in your browser, or install the Office mobile apps through the Google Play Store. support.office.com

    Older versions of Chromebooks might not have this option.

  • At this time we do not know. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide e-mail updates.

  • As the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis continues, we have decided to cancel all clinical/practicum/directed practice rotations until further notice. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to work to develop distance options that allow students to meet their educational goals.

  • Unfortunately, the Graduation Ceremony scheduled for May 8, 2020 has been postponed. A survey was sent to all students who were eligible to graduate. The survey showed a strong ddesire to have the ceremony rescheduled. The College will work on updating plans for Graduation as soon as the current emergency situation allows.

  • Yes. Students at ALL North Central State College buildings will follow the distance learning format, including the Kehoe Center and the Crawford Success Center.

Travel and Self-quarantine

  • Yes.  You also are asked to disclose whether you or a household member have recently traveled on a cruise ship or airplane.  We have a questionnaire for you to fill out.  You can find the questionnaire at https://ncstatecollege.edu/coronavirus-response/. If you disclose, do not return to campus until you have been contacted by an NC State staff member.

College Credit Plus

  • For CCP classes held at the high schools, taught by high school faculty, NC State will follow your district’s operating decisions for these sections, and support the faculty and students accordingly. Where NC State provides adjunct faculty to teach a course based at the high school, please stay in contact with your instructor to understand any modifications to the course for online access.

  • Will NC State still provide Accuplacer testing for students that wish to qualify for CCP?

    Update as of 4/6/20:

    1. For ACCUPLACER, NCSC is offering remote testing options. Please click here (PDF), opens in a new window, opens in a new window to review Important Testing Information prior to scheduling your ACCUPLACER.

    To schedule your remote testing appointment, please complete the form linked here: https://northcentralstatecollege.wufoo.com/forms/ncsc-accuplacer-placement-test-registration/, opens in a new window You will receive an email with confirmation of your appointment from ckelley@ncstatecollege.edu, opens in a new window.

    2. Additionally, House Bill 197, signed on March 27, 2020 by Governor DeWine, allows for the following modification to CCP Student Eligibility requirements for Summer or Fall 2020 enrollment:

    For Summer and Fall terms 2020:

    · In order to meet student eligibility requirements, a student shall have an overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, if that prospective College Credit Plus (CCP) student has not had the opportunity to complete an assessment exam due to this emergency. For more information, please visit the Ohio Higher Ed, opens in a new window website.

    3. Some college courses will require higher placement scores for enrollment, beyond what will establish CCP Eligibility for a student. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly for the ACT or ACCUPLACER. Placement questions? Refer to this document, opens in a new window or email cbash@ncstatecollege.edu

    · For Fall semester enrollment, NCSC’s CCP testing/test receipt deadline is July 30th.

    · With the cancellation of the April ACT, NCSC will also accept the June ACT scores for Fall semester enrollment.

    · For Summer semester enrollment, NCSC’s CCP testing/test receipt deadline is April 30th.

    · *If your high school has advised you of an earlier testing deadline, so as to coordinate with your high school scheduling requirements and deadlines, please let us know and we will work to accommodate your ACCUPLACER request.

    4. For students attending a nonpublic or home school, who need ACCUPLACER to be admitted to NCSC for your CCP Funding Application through OH|ID, the state deadline for your CCP Funding Application has been extended to May 1 at 5pm.

    · Please let us know if we can accommodate your ACCUPLACER request, or issue you a conditional letter for your funding application: cbash@ncstatecollege.edu.

    5. Prepare for ACCUPLACER and preview sample tests on the Accuplacer website, opens in a new window.

    · CCP Students will be offered the following test sections with NCSC:

    – Reading

    – WritePlacer

    – Advanced Algebra & Functions

    *We are aware this situation is beyond the students’ control, and will support students in all manners possible.

  • Does a CCP student need to reapply to the college every year?
    • If a CCP student enrolled in a NCSC course during the current academic year, they do not need to reapply to NCSC for CCP.
    • If a student applied for CCP at NCSC, but did not enroll in coursework through NCSC, then the student’s application would expire after the year. This student would need to reapply to NCSC for CCP.

    When does a student interested in CCP need to apply to NCSC?

    Submit your online CCP application to NCSC by the semester deadline. Visit: https://ncstatecollege.edu/ccp/

    • To begin your classes in the Summer semester, submit by April 1
    • To begin your classes in the Fall semester, submit by June 1
    • To begin your classes in the Spring semester, submit by November 1

    Where can I check my CCP admission status?

    You can monitor your CCP admission status by logging into your Admissions account with NCSC.

    What is required for CCP Admission at NCSC?

    Admission will be based upon receipt of your secondary school transcript as well as qualifying test scores. For testing options and deadlines, please visit the College Credit Plus ACCUPLACER section of these FAQs.

    • For deadlines on Transcript receipt and Testing by semester, Click Here.

    Do I need to submit an Intent to Participate Form to my school counselor or principal every year?

    Yes. The annual deadline for this is April 1.

    (Update as of 3/27/20) For CCP Participation in the 2020-21 school year, the state deadline has been extended to May 1. Please visit https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccp/students-families, opens in a new window for more information.

    Does NCSC need a copy of my Intent to Participate form?

    No, this form is only submitted to your school counselor or principal.

    Where can I find an Intent to Participate Form to submit to my school counselor or Principal?

    • Your school counselor may have this form available on your school’s website. · A general Intent to Participate Form is available here: Public School Students Intent Form – Public school students can simply fill out and give this form to their school counselor or principal.
    • Homeschool & Nonpublic School Students – Please note that starting in 2020, the Intent to Participate Form will be part of the funding application. There will be no separate paper form.

    (Update as of 3/27/20) The CCP Funding Request deadline, for 2020-21 school year, has been extended to May 1. Please visit: https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccp/students-families, opens in a new window for more information.

    CCP Advising and Course Registration Questions (Update as of 3/24/20)

    For current CCP Students, who have taken a CCP class at a NCSC campus or online (and who have previously complete CCP Orientation at NCSC’s main campus):

    • You may log into MyNC to plan your requested courses for Summer or Fall 2020 semesters. Once planned, your CCP advisor must approve the course request.
      • To have your course plan approved, go to the Advising tab and select ‘Request Review’
    • Summer course registration for this group of students opens on 03/27/20

    For newly admitted CCP Students, who are seeking to enroll in courses that will meet at a NCSC campus or online, and currently enrolled CCP students, who have not yet taken a course at a NCSC campus or online:

    • You will need to meet with a CCP advisor for your academic advising and also to schedule your CCP Orientation
      • This can be done via Zoom or phone at this time.
      • Please reach out via email to make arrangements sgeorge@ncstatecollege.edu or cbash@ncstatecollege.edu
    • We are also moving CCP Orientation to an online format, which will temporarily replace the campus-based format that is required before a CCP student can enroll in an on-campus or online course. More information will be made available during your CCP advising meeting.

  • Please click here (PDF), opens in a new window to review this family guide on the recent changes to CCP, and what it mean for students. (Released 4/6/20 by Ohio Department of Education/Ohio Department of Higher Education)

Student services (including CCP)

  • In order to ensure the health and safety of our campus community, all student services have been moved to an online format. These include: Advising, Career Development, Disability Services, and Testing. Students can schedule an appointment for these services by calling the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536. When leaving a message, please provide your name, student ID# and a phone number to return your call.

  • NC State tutoring will be available in an online format through Zoom until campus operations resume. In addition to live support via Zoom, students can also access a library of tutoring resources.

  • If you are new to NC State, you will register for classes after completing an online orientation.  If you are a continuing student, you can still register through the Academic Planning and Registration tool or the EllucianGo Mobile app.



  • ALL events through the end of March and the beginning of April have been canceled.  However, you are advised to call ahead to the event organizer if you have any questions. An update can be found on the campus calendar.

  • In light of recent global events, we are moving our Preview Nights online for one day, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. We will be live on both Facebook to answer your questions about our programs including.

Notifications and communication

  • We ask that all questions be directed to coronainfo@ncstatecollege.edu. We will respond and potentially add the question to this FAQ list.

  • We will provide and archive daily updates through the college’s Coronavirus Response website. Given the rapidly evolving situation with the virus, we recommend students monitor this site. When deemed ciritcal, we will also send updates via text and e-mail.

Impact on Financial Aid and Student Workers

  • If you are a current FWS student,  please reach out to your supervisor.

Child Development Center

  • March 21, 2020 – To protect the children we serve, their families, and our employees from the spread of Coronavirus/CORVID-19, the Child Development Center will close at the end of the day on Monday, March 23, 2020. The teaching staff from the center will be reaching out to families twice a week until the pandemic is over and the CDC can reopen.

Disability Services

  • It is very important that you discuss your accommodation needs with your instructor. Your instructor will work with you to make sure that you have access to course materials and content. If you receive extended time for tests, your instructor will work with you to meet this need. You can also contact Doug Heestand, Office of Specialized Support Services (Disability Services), at dheestand@ncstatecollege.edu or by calling 419-755-4727 for help.

  • No. Most likely it will not be necessary for you to come to campus for proctored tests/exams. Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments which would not require exam accommodations. Please speak with your instructor regarding your accommodation needs.

  • If you are not currently registered with the office, contact Doug Heestand at dheestand@ncstatecollege.edu.

Campus Bookstore

  • The Campus Bookstore is closed until the College reopens following the Coronavirus pandemic. There are instructions in the question below if you have rented books to return. If you need books, you can order them online at www.ncsc-osushop.com.

    Our website is open to purchase  Summer textbooks at www.ncsc-osushop.com, opens in a new window

    Students with any questions can email the manager of the bookstore at 0196mgr@follett.com, opens in a new window

  • April 14, 2020 – Rented books will have an extended due date for Spring term that were originally due May 11,  2020.  Please see the email that was sent to your rental account to verify that new due date.

    Rented books can be left inside the front door of the Campus Bookstore in a bag with your name and Your phone number that you used to rent it so I can identify your account. You can also send it in free with the postage paid label that is linked to your rental account (look at you rental email account). The return date has been extended. Please contact Carla at 419-747-5401 with any questions between 9-1 Monday-Thursday.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

  • Person-to-person spread

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

    Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
    • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
    • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

    It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    How easily the virus spreads
    How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

    Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

    Credit: Center for Disease Control

  • Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

    *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

    Credit: Center for Disease Control

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

    Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
    Take steps to protect yourself

    Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
    Take steps to protect others

    Stay home if you’re sick
    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

    Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

    Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

    Credit: Center for Disease Control