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Scholarships are financial awards given to further student's education. Scholarships are given based on merit and/or need, and are awarded on various criteria, usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship awards typically do not have to be paid back.

Cincinnati State offers an internal scholarship program, and also accepts all types of aid from external scholarship sources. The College also offers athletic and honors scholarships.

Cincinnati State Scholarship Program

The purpose of the scholarship program at Cincinnati State is to acknowledge and reward high academic achievement by helping deserving students finance their college educational costs. The Cincinnati State scholarship application deadline date is February 15th of each calendar year (No exceptions.)

Recipients of a scholarship from Cincinnati State must reapply each year.

Cincinnati State students may apply for our scholarships by completing an application and having two letters of recommendations to the Office of Financial Aid.

Eligibility requirements include:
• U.S. citizen and Eligible Non-Citizens 
• Admitted into a degree or certificate program
• 3.0 Grade Point Average (some scholarships require a 2.0) Student must be maintaining all areas of SAP.

• For need-based applicants, have FAFSA results on file.
o Complete a FAFSA at
o Cincinnati State school code: 010345
o FAFSA is available beginning January 1st

Click here for a list of the 2016-2017 Cincinnati State Scholarships and other criteria. The 17/18' Cincinnati State Scholarship Application is available November 1, 2016 to February 15, 2017.

How to Apply
Students interested in a scholarship must have completed the admissions process and have access to MyCState. Applications can be completed by logging into their MyCState account, continue to MyServices and click on 16-17 CinState Scholarships.

Completed applications and materials include:
• The 2016-2017 Scholarship Application (on-line only). You must be logged into MyServices to complete the scholarship application.
• Two letters of recommendations (on-line only) Cincinnati State eForms - Cincinnati State Scholarship Recommendation Form. (This MUST be completed by someone other than the student and must be a professional reference.)
• A submitted 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (for need based scholarships only)

All relevant materials must be received electronically by the Office of Financial Aid no later than February 15th. No exceptions.

Students who complete all requirements to apply for a scholarship by the due date will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The number and type of scholarships vary from year to year depending on donations received for the scholarship program.

Honors Scholarships

Cincinnati State annually offers  Honors Scholarships to eligible students who are accepted into the Honors Program

Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First provides scholarships to students in innovative academic programs developed by Ohio’s colleges and universities and their business partners to recruit and retain more students in STEMM fields.  Choose Ohio First is a part of a strategic effort to bolster Ohio’s economic strength by ensuring a ready workforce for STEMM-related industries.  Cincinnati State and partnering institutions are striving to meet the educational needs of Ohio.  Students majoring in science, engineering, math and preparing for health care careers may be eligible.

Private (“Outside”) Scholarship Opportunities

Cincinnati State welcomes all types of external scholarship funding.

The public library is an excellent source of information on private sources of financial aid. Many companies have programs to help students pay for post-secondary educational cost for employees and their family members. In addition, financial assistance is available from many foundations, religious organizations, fraternities, sororities, town and city clubs, local school boards, and civic groups. This information is free. There are free online scholarship search programs accessible via the Internet.

Through Cincinnati State, students are also invited to access one of the largest, Department of Education-approved, free online scholarship search programs, FASTWeb, by visiting Students are also encouraged to review the Scholarship Bulletin Board located outside the Office of Financial Aid for up-to-date scholarship opportunities.

Here is a list of some external scholarship opportunities.

For more information about scholarships or other financial aid at Cincinnati State, please contact us.

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Office of Financial Aid
Room 155 Main Building
(513) 569-1530 phone
(513) 569-1469 fax

8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F

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