Financial Aid

Second Chance Grant Application
For Students Re-Enrolling at Marion Tech

What is the Second Chance Grant?

Approximately 1.5 million Ohioans have earned some college credit but no degree. It is critical to the continued economic well-being of the State of Ohio that a substantial number of these former students earn a credential. Indeed, economists have indicated that increasing the number of Ohioans with postsecondary degrees or credentials is necessary for Ohio to remain economically competitive and meet the workforce needs of the future.

In pursuit of this goal, and in order to facilitate the return to higher education by Ohioans who stopped out prior to crossing the finish line, the State of Ohio is strengthening its commitment to assisting students in attaining a degree or credential through the establishment of the Second Chance Grant Program.  The Second Chance Grant Program will provide up to $3 million in financial assistance in the form of $3,000 grants to eligible students re-enrolling at a qualifying institution in order to obtain a degree or credential.

Who is eligible?

  • The re-enrollee is a resident of the State of Ohio.
  • The re-enrollee has not obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • The re-enrollee disenrolled (“stopped out”) from a state institution of higher education in Ohio and did not transfer to another institution of higher education in the two semesters (four quarters) immediately following the disenrollment.
  • The re-enrollee was in good academic standing with no record of disciplinary issues (including suspension or expulsion) at the time of disenrollment.
  • The re-enrollee is enrolling in a qualifying institution within five years of their disenrollment.
  • The re-enrollee is not enrolled in the College Credit Plus program. Please note that for the purposes of the Second Chance Grant, participation in the College Credit Plus program is not considered enrollment at a qualifying institution.
  • The re-enrollee completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applies for any federal and state need-based grants and/or scholarships to which the student would be entitled as verified by the receiving institution.
  • The re-enrollee is pursuing a credential or degree beyond that which they already possess (i.e., if the student possesses an associate degree, the student is pursuing a bachelor’s degree).
  • The re-enrollee is not a recipient of one of the following state-supported scholarships: Choose Ohio First ScholarshipOhio Safety Officers College Memorial FundWar Orphans and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Program, or Ohio National Guard Scholarship.

Second Chance Grant Awards

All recipients who maintain eligibility will receive:

Each recipient will receive a $3,000 grant which will be applied against the student’s cost of attendance after any federal or state need-based grants have been accepted and applied. If any amount of the $3,000 Second Chance Grant remains after applying it to the re-enrollee’s cost of attendance for the academic year, the remainder shall be applied to any future year in which the student is enrolled, and the Second Chance Grant program is operating.

Second Chance Grant Application

Applications are being accepted for students beginning classes after July 1, 2024

You must also complete and meet the requirements listed above. Apply Now!


You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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