OTC Offers Students $2 Million in Financial Aid Incentives

Ozarks Technical Community College will be offering two new financial aid packages for students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants, which total nearly $2 million, are benefits that students will not have to repay.

  • The OTC Technology Grant provides a $500 grant for education-related technology needs.
  • The OTC Online Class Credit provides three credit hours of tuition and common fees for students who take more than 12 hours of online courses at OTC.

Any OTC student who is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the fall 2020 is eligible to apply for the OTC Technology Grant. The money can be used for anything technology centered like:

  • Computers or tablets
  • Hardware, such as hard drives, monitors or keyboards
  • Software or software upgrades
  • Electronic textbooks or course materials
  • High-speed Internet or WiFi

Applications can be made through OTC‘s website.

“In the spring, when all classes moved online, we realized that some of our students did not have the technology necessary to be successful,” Joan Barrett, OTC vice chancellor for student services, said in a statement. “These grants will help our students obtain the resources needed to be successful college students in the 21st century, whether they prefer to take classes in-person or online.”

The OTC Online Class Credit is part of an effort to promote social distancing by limiting classroom sizes. This credit covers tuition and common fees for one three-credit-hour online class above a student’s 12 hours.

“Students who take a full course load graduate at a higher rate and sooner than students who attend part-time,” Tracy McGrady, OTC provost, said in a statement. “This scholarship will keep our students moving toward success.”

The credit is applied when students apply for more than 12 online credit hours.

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