Wilmington College’s recent update of its scholarships and awards program to make WC attendance even more affordable for local students has raised questions about the successful Clinton County Succeeds (CCS) program.
The College offers Clinton County high school graduates a grant of up to $ 10,000 upon WC graduation.
This community partnership program, known as Clinton County Succeeds, is designed to enroll local students by giving those high school graduates or transfer students from Southern State Community College the opportunity to afford a local college education while at the same time pursuing their baccalaureate.
Those eligible based on financial need include graduates of Blanchester, Clinton-Massie, East Clinton and Wilmington high schools, and Wilmington Christian Academy. It’s also open to residents of Clinton County – graduates of 2020 and beyond – who have been homeschooled or attended high schools outside the county, and non-residents who have attended Clinton County schools. .
Eligible students can enroll directly out of high school, after a gap year, or with an associate’s degree from Southern State Community College.
An interesting case is a local high school graduate who completed his entire associate’s degree program at SSCC while attending high school as part of the College Credit Plus program. He graduated from two-year college in May 2021, graduated with his high school class in June, and entered Wilmington College this fall as a junior.
The purpose of this article is to reinforce that Wilmington College has clearly remained focused on providing a quality hands-on educational experience while keeping the net costs affordable until graduation. I want to share some thoughtful questions from residents of the county looking to enroll in Wilmington College for the upcoming semesters of Spring and Fall 2022:
Q: Are the Clinton County Succeeds funds the only help I will receive?
A: Eligible students can also receive scholarships, heritage prizes, and talent-based prizes.
Q: Besides college help, what other types of help are available?
A. Once a student / parent has completed the Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA), students may receive additional federal and state grants – these do not have to be repaid.
Q: What does it mean that CCS funds are allocated on the basis of need?
A: After completing a FASFA and receiving all other scholarships, awards and grants, if there are any remaining needs, as determined by the College’s award guidelines, the CCS funds up to $ 2,500 per academic year. .
Q. I have other children who went to college and we know after a FAFSA was submitted that the calculation showed no remaining need. So what has the College implemented to cater for county residents who do not need it.
A: Very timely questions. The College recently revised its scholarships and awards to ensure that families’ net spending remains affordable during and beyond the pandemic. These scholarships and awards are for all student needs and non-needs.
Q. Where can I get more information about Wilmington College, the CSS program, and other aids?
A: The best option is to schedule a visit by calling 937-382-2260. Additionally, the CCS program is featured on our website https://www.wilmington.edu/admission/clintoncounty. The scholarship and awards program is linked from this page.
Remember, it all starts with a visit and / or an application which can be completed on our website at no cost to you – no fees, essay or test results required. Admission decisions can be made on weekdays with a transcript submitted.
It’s the Wilmington way!
Dennis M. Kelly, a nationally known enrollment administrator, featured in the Wilmington News Journal on navigating the college search process as a service to local families. Kelly is the senior vice president of enrollment management at Wilmington College.