Lakewood University

Grants & Scholarships

Tuition Assistance for Military Students

Most active-duty military personnel, along with Army Reservists and Army National Guard members, qualify for their branch’s Tuition Assistance program. In most cases, eligible personnel who enroll have no out-of-pocket expenses due to Lakewood University’s affordable tuition. For questions about eligibility, please contact the base education office for details.

The Lorraine Dominick Grant Award

In order to be eligible for this grant the individual:

  • Must be a student with a qualified military affiliation.
  • This military-affiliated student must have exhausted all military monetary educational benefits with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, or Department of Homeland Security.

Once the Admissions Specialist has verified that the two conditions have been met and the student has enrolled at Lakewood University, then the qualifying student will be awarded the grant on a first come-first served basis and based on the availability of funding in The Lorraine Dominick Grant Award.

The Isaac Haggins Sr. Grant Program

In order to be eligible for this grant the individual:

  • Must be seeking an education with a “vulnerable” status as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services to include individuals with disabilities -OR-
  • Must be in poverty (low socioeconomic status) -OR-
  • Must experience adverse situations (to include but not limited to criminal history concerns) -OR-
  • Must be first-generation higher education students (a student who is first in their family (generation) to attend University
Union Education Trust (UET)

Lakewood University is approved for the Career Improvement Program (CIP) which allows all eligible Ohio state bargaining unit employees to enroll in many of our programs. The UET Trustees has developed CIP to help employees prepare for tomorrow’s jobs today. CIP helps eligible state bargaining unit employees shape their futures with training in some of Ohio’s best schools. All state agencies benefit when employees develop new skills.

CIP pays up to $4,000 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) for tuition and mandatory instructional fees for each eligible state bargaining unit employee in the program.

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
We’re a MyCAA approved school

MyCAA is a scholarship program that offers up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or an Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

WIOA Program Funding

Eligible job seekers can have up to $6,775 in financial assistance to pursue certification training programs like those offered by Lakewood University. We provide students with personalized, short-term training to start a new career in healthcare, business, legal, or information technology so you can compete in the job market. 

Please contact our Admissions Department at admissions@lakewood.edu or call 1-800-517-0857, option1 for more information on the application process.

Funds that do not have to be repaid and are based on many factors, including academic merit and/or financial need. Students are encouraged to research and apply for scholarships outside of the University.

Below are resources that can aid you in the scholarship search. There is no obligation to use the websites, as students can obtain scholarships from any external source they select.

Scholarship Search Services

Find more information here: Types of Financial Aid

GRADUATE STUDENT REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY

Degree-seeking graduate students must meet the basic eligibility rules that apply to undergraduate students and are typically only eligible for Federal Student Loans.

Graduate students may also be eligible for private student loans or employer benefits to help cover tuition costs. Graduate students can also cover the cost of tuition and fees by self-pay out of pocket.

Veterans Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers several educational benefits to veterans.

GI Bill® Options

There are multiple GI Bill® benefits and each is different. We recommend that you compare your options using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool or the comparison table at the VA website. These tools can help you calculate your benefits, research approved programs, and determine eligibility.

In addition, you can view more detailed information on the following programs by clicking the links:

Return of Unearned Military Tuition (TA)

This policy serves to fully inform students receiving military tuition assistance (TA) of the required actions the University must take to comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) Memorandum of Understanding Return Policy for Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds rules and align with the return of unearned student aid rules applicable to the Federal Student Aid as required under section 484B of the Department of Education Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its member. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. This policy only applies to this type of educational benefit. The TA program is a benefit that is available only while the student is in the service. This policy does not apply to Veterans or Veterans benefits.

Tuition Assistance Policy

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Lakewood University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.

In instances when a person stops attending due to a military service obligation, Lakewood will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion in compliance with the DOD policy.

Tuition Assistance Process

To remain in compliance with the Department of Defense’s policy, Lakewood will return any unearned TA funds through at least 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. Once you have completed 60% of the course, there is a 0% return.  The amount of unearned TA that is returned is based on the date of withdrawal from the course. Unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis, depending on the length of the course.

To determine the amount of TA that needs to be returned, the institution will determine the date the withdrawal was submitted, and then divide that by the number of days in the term to determine the percentage of TA that was earned by the student.

After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD.

As an institution, the DOD will be billed after 60% of the semester has passed to reduce the amount of incorrect TA funds being disbursed by the DOD to Lakewood University. We will only bill for the amount the student earned given their enrollment.

Schedule for returning unearned TA: Bold type identifies the 60% complete point

16-Week Course: Withdrawal Submitted

Before or during weeks 1 – 2     100% return

During weeks 3 – 4                    75% return

During weeks 9 – 10                  40% return (60%, of course, is completed)

During weeks 11 – 16                0% return

 

36-Week Course: Withdrawal Submitted

Before or during weeks 1-7      100% return

During weeks 8-9                      75% return

During weeks 21-22                  40% return (60%, of course, is completed)   

During weeks 23-36                   0% return

For courses that have durations differing from those listed above:

Unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis, depending on the length of the course. To determine the amount of TA that needs to be returned, the institution will determine the date the withdrawal was submitted, and then divide that by the number of days in the term to determine the percentage of TA that was earned by the student.

 

 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

If you are a disabled veteran, you may be entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation education benefits from the VA which may cover up to the full cost of tuition, books, and fees. You may also receive a stipend for course enrollments and technology expenses associated with taking courses online.

Call the VA at 800-827-1000 and ask about Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. They will direct you to a case manager in your local area to review your claim. If approved, your case manager should provide the VA form 28-1905.

For more information on VA Benefits please contact the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: 1-844-698-2311 or
Traci Wilburn
Email: twilburn@lakewood.edu
Telephone Number: 800-517-0857 X700/ Text ONLY Line: 216-678-9933

Employer Benefits

Many businesses today offer educational benefits to their employees. The process is different for each employer, but there are a few steps you’ll need to follow here in order to register and pay for courses using your employer’s benefits.

  • Check with your employer’s human resources department for specific details on the types of programs that are covered under their tuition assistance benefits.
  • We will provide you and your employer with the necessary documentation regarding tuition, fees, accreditation, course content, or other required information.
  • If your employer requires proof of final grades prior to reimbursement, you’ll need to pay your tuition and fees out-of-pocket upfront
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