Financial Aid and Scholarships

A variety of financial aid options may exist to cover all or a part of your training tuition. Use the Net Price Calculator to assist you in estimating your living expenses and needed amount of funds to enroll in one of our many programs. 

Financial Aid Options Available Scholarships

Financial Aid Questions?

Call (419) 289-3313 or
(800) 686-3313 for details.

 Basic Types of Aid for Career Development Programs

(when applying for aid, the school code for ACWHCC is 031170)


WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act) funds for those who are unemployed or underemployed, without marketable skills, or skills related to a declining industry.  Contact any county's OhioMeansJobs office for funding options (please plan six weeks prior to program start date for this process).

Federal Direct Loans

For approved programs 300 hours or greater. Student loans must be repaid after the student leaves the program.

Direct Loan Application
a. Complete the FAFSA application
b. Contact the Financial Aid officer and receive the Financial Aid Award Notification. Tell the Financial Aid Office how much you would like to borrow. Remember you will have to pay everything back with interest!
Choice 1: tuition only
Choice 2: tuition plus living expenses
c. Go to to complete Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note (MPN)you will need your pin number from your FAFSA Application and two names, addresses, and phone numbers of people not living with you

Trade Adjustment Act (TAA)

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is training for those workers displaced by foreign trade or trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. Your past employer had to apply for TAA benefits in order to qualify for this financial assistance.

If you have TAA benefits, it usually takes 45 days to have your training approved. If approved, you will receive notification and instructions on how to proceed using these benefits. For questions email sends e-mail) or phone: 419-289-3313 or 800-686-3313.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

For educational benefits for veterans call 800-GI-BILL1 or go the web site:

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation of Ohio (BVR)

BVR offers evaluation and training available to eligible individuals with conditions such as injuries or disability that affect their employability.

Contact 800-354-6271 or 419-747-3000.


Pell Grant

Can be applied to a Career Development Programs (600-900 hour). The Pell Grant is based on need and does not have to be repaid. Award amounts are based on the previous year’s income and probably will not pay for the entire program.


(This is completely FREE. If there is a fee, you are not on the correct site.)

All students receiving financial aid must achieve satisfactory progress (90% attendance and 73% academic averages). More information on types of financial aid is available through the Financial Aid Officer.

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Scholarships

Friends of Adult Education Scholarship

Adult students who need to change careers find it nearly impossible to finance both education and their family financial responsibilities. The Friends of Adult Education Endowed Fund will provide scholarships to Adult Education students, making it possible for them to further their knowledge and workforce skills which meet the need of business and industry.

Ashland County Community Foundation Friends of Adult Education Scholarship Students who enroll in a 600-900 hour program and who receive a Pell Grant/FSEOG Grant, but no other grant funds, can request application information from the enrollment staff in the Adult Education Office. Read our Friends of Adult Education Brochure to learn more.

If you would like to support this effort to help someone change their future, tax deductible contributions may be made online or mailed to Ashland County Community Foundation (ACCF) at:

Friends of Adult Education Endowed Fund
300 College Avenue
Ashland, OH  44805

Adult Education Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from ACWHCC, Ashland High School, Hillsdale High School, Loudonville High School, Mapleton High School, or West Holmes High School who enrolls in an ACWHCC 600-900 hour program within one year of graduation. For more details or to fill out the application, read our Scholarship Brochure.

American Medical Technologists-  Deadline: April 1

Dental Assistant Scholarship AMTIE offers five $500 scholarships each year. The award is given to a student in need; therefore the applicant must provide evidence of financial need. The applicant’s course of study must lead to a career in one of the disciplines certified by the American Medical Technologists. The award may only be used to defray tuition costs, and will be sent directly to the school of the recipient’s choice.  Award recipients are notified by early summer. Visit the American Medical Technologists site to learn more.

 Ashland County Foundation- Deadline: March 15.  Women’s Fund Scholarship Opportunity

Who is eligible?

  • Non-traditional student = Ashland County resident (90 days minimum) over the age of 24 and entering college for the first time or starting again after not being enrolled for at least one year.
  • Continuing students are ineligible.
  • High school graduate (from any high school) or GED® earned
  • Planning to attend any type of higher education (to include traditional 2 or 4 year schools, vocational schools, adult education programs, certificate programs, etc.)

Learn more about the Ashland County Foundation Women's Fund Scholarship

Corporation for Appalachian Development - Deadline: April 1

David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund

The mission of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to students who:

  • Are residents of COAD's service area
  • Want to attend institutions of higher education
  • Lack the required resources to do so


  • To enable students to attend an accredited institution of higher education by awarding scholarship assistance.
  • To increase participation rates of COAD service area students who attend institutions of higher education.
  • To provide, when possible and desired, summer employment opportunities to selected scholarship recipients in cooperation with COAD-member Community Action Agencies.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of the 30-county COAD service area for at least one year before the application deadline.
  • Reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Have obtained or will obtain a high school degree or GED®.
  • Show proof of acceptance by an accredited 2-year or 4-­year institution of higher education. 

Access the application requirements on the COAD website. 

EGIA Foundation Scholarship

EGIA Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist students passionately committed to a career in home services industry who plan to enroll at an accredited two-year college, vocational, technical school or other approved technical institute in the U.S.

GED® Earner Scholarship

Students who are eligible, attend GED® preparation classes through ACWHCC Aspire preparation sites at Ashland Public Library, Loudonville Public Library, Ashland Salvation Army KROC Center, Millersburg Love Center, or Savannah Mission to Amish People (MAP) and enroll in an ACWHCC 600-900 hour program within two years of their GED® award.  Learn more or apply by reading our Scholarship Brochure

Healthier Buckeye

A need-based grant for Richland County Residents. Find out more from the Richland County Youth and Family Council website.

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Application Available to apply March 15

Deadline: June 15, 2017

1020 awards.  Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED®)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: The CTE scholarship application is available all year and applications are processed every month. The entire process may take 5 weeks.

Career and Technical Educational Scholarship

We’re committed to supporting Marine children in pursuit of their educational goals and there’s no more versatile educational path than through Career and Technical Education (CTE). From health sciences to finance, IT to manufacturing, CTE professionals are on the cutting edge of today’s most hands-on careers. This scholarship is for students planning to attend a non-degree certificate program or vocational training that is less than 12 months at a community college or private career school listed on College Navigator. Learn more about the Career and Technical Educational Scholarship.

Non-Traditional Student Grant

Eligible students enroll in a 600-900 hour ACWHCC Career Development program in which 25% or less are represented by the student’s gender. Examples: women in Maintenance Training, Welding, or men in Business Office Technologies, Dental Assisting.  Learn more or apply by reading our Scholarship Brochure.

Pocket Nurse Scholarship - Allied Health Careers


  • Attend an accredited Allied Health Program, Nursing Program, or Graduate Nursing Program.
  • Pursue a degree or studies in allied health, nursing, or nursing faculty.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Richland County Foundation  Deadline: April 1

College and Trade School Application

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.
  • Students working on post-secondary education goals involving welding, precision machine, small engine repair, bricklaying, diesel and auto mechanics and others are eligible to apply. 
  • 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.

Learn more and apply through the Richland County Foundation.

Walmart Associate Scholarship-  Application period February 1 – March 1

Scholarships for Walmart associates and their Dependents

The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents. While our scholarships are not available to the public, the Walmart Foundation also provides opportunities for aspiring students by supporting organizations such as the American Indian College Fund, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship FundHispanic Scholarship FundThurgood Marshall College Fund.

Visit Walmart Foundation scholarship information to learn more.

College for Native American Students:

Workforce Development Scholarship
This scholarship is for those entering the construction industry.