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Paying for College

Your Educational ROI

Your College of Engineering and Applied Science education is one of the best investments you will make for yourself and your career.

UC is currently ranked #1 for ROI (Return on Investment) out of all Ohio public universities and for CEAS graduates, the ROI is even higher. CEAS students are financially sound at the outset as their starting salaries range from $53,800 to $97,900 and, as mentioned in an earlier article, their post-graduation earnings surpass college expenses by more than 30 times.

 The Huffington Post recently reported The 13 Best Paying College Majors—10 are in the engineering field and 8 of them are offered by CEAS. Our graduates are armed with real-world work experience and a multidimensional engineering education that commands the attention of employers, making their ROI assured.

With a vast array of career choices, from designing next generation vehicles to discovering applications for nanotechnology, CEAS engineering students enjoy every advantage - already having work experience and a degree from a college with a nearly perfect employment placement record for its graduates.

Funding to Reach Your Goals

While we urge you to plan and save for college prior to your freshman year, you should also be aware that your college, university, community, and a whole host of organizations, both local and national, offer numerous programs to assist you with college expenses.

Once on campus and working toward your degree, even more scholarship and grant opportunities become available to you within your discipline.

Explore the possibilities outlined in the following sections and capitalize on those that apply to your circumstances. For quick access to scholarship references, please use the provided links to your left.

Managing your funds is essential while in college and a set of budget worksheets are provided for your reference and use.

Cooperative Employment

The majority of College of Engineering and Applied Science programs incorporate cooperative education as a standard part of the overall curriculum. Our students command excellent starting salaries upon graduation because they have several semesters of actual industrial work experience accompanying their degree.

Most importantly, this work is paid employment and many students report that co-op earnings meet their college expenses.

Scholarships, Grants, Awards and Prizes

Scholarships are available from the university, the federal government, philanthropic organizations, and many companies. Available university scholarships are found at the following link:

Scholarships range in value—from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars—and are generally awarded based on levels of academic achievement and/or need.

Awards and prizes are very similar to grants except that these are generally single or one-time awards for fixed amounts. College of Engineering and Applied Science students have opportunities to win awards for their projects and to participate in competitions throughout their academic careers.

Students are encouraged to apply or compete for as many non-UC scholarships as possible because the funding a student receives from these sources does not require later repayment.

Part-Time Employment

The university, as well as many local businesses, offers a variety of part-time employment opportunities. While not encouraged for freshmen students, these jobs are another way to offset expenses.

Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Many employers now offer tuition reimbursement, or repayment for their employees’ college expenses, as a benefit. If you are currently employed while attending college either full or part-time, you may want to inquire as to what your employer's policies are regarding tuition reimbursement. Most programs of this type require for you to maintain a minimum grade achievement.

Loans and Other Financial Assistance

While not making loans directly, the UC Financial Aid office assists you in finding and making arrangements with aid sources.

REMEMBER: Complete the FAFSA

Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, the UC Financial Aid Office urges you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon after January 1 of each year as possible for priority consideration for limited funding sources.

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