Financial Aid

Second Chance Grant Program

The Second Chance Grant provides financial assistance in the form of $2,000 grants to eligible students re-enrolling at a qualifying institution in order to obtain a degree or credential.

Second Chance Grants are applied against the student’s cost of attendance (COA) after all need-based federal and state grants have been applied. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.

A student is considered eligible for the Second Chance Grant if the re-enrollee:

  • is a resident of the State of Ohio
  • has not obtained a bachelor’s degree from any institution of higher education
  • disenrolled (“stopped out”) from a qualifying institution* in Ohio and did not transfer to another institution of higher education in the two semesters immediately following the disenrollment
  • was in good academic standing with no record of disciplinary issues (including suspension or expulsion) at the time of disenrollment
  • completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and accepts any federal and state need-based grants and/or scholarships to which the student would be entitled as verified by the receiving institution
  • is not a recipient of one of the following state-supported scholarships: Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, Ohio War Orphans and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program, or Ohio National Guard Scholarship


*Qualifying Institutions are defined as one of the following:

  • A state institution of higher education, as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code;
  • A private nonprofit institution of higher education that holds a certificate of authorization pursuant to Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code;
  • An institution with a certificate of registration from the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools under Chapter 3332. of the Revised Code;
  • A private institution exempt from regulation under Chapter 3332. of the Revised Code as prescribed in section 3333.046 of the Revised Code;
  • An Ohio Technical Center, as defined in section 3333.94 of the Revised Code.


Helpful Links:

ODHE Grant Program Website