COTC to offer free college for eligible Coshocton County residents

| November 15, 2018

COSHOCTON – Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) ambitious new Coshocton Promise program makes free college a reality for eligible Coshocton County residents.

The Coshocton Promise guarantees that COTC will fund the gap between tuition (instructional and general fees) and remaining student need after all other private scholarships, institutional, federal and state aid are exhausted.

Under the program, all tuition will be covered for students annually reporting a household income of $60,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Coshocton Promise is open to new, current or returning COTC students who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree. Eligible students must be current Coshocton County residents who have lived in the county for at least one year. Recipients must be enrolled in an aid-eligible COTC degree or certificate program at any COTC campus or online.

The Coshocton Promise will be available to eligible students starting in COTC’s upcoming summer semester, which begins on May 13, 2019. Initial Coshocton Promise funds are made possible through a unique public/private partnership between COTC and the Coshocton Foundation’s Clarence and Grace Miller Scholarship endowment.

“With this announcement, COTC reaffirms its longstanding commitment to affordability, accessibility and to the people of Coshocton County,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “This investment in our community, in partnership with the Coshocton Foundation, is an investment in our neighbors, children and friends.”

“COTC’s Coshocton Promise will not only provide abundant opportunities for education and an economic pipeline for local workforce development, but hope for a strong future for all of Coshocton County, “said Bob Pell, Coshocton Foundation executive director. “The Coshocton Foundation is extremely proud to partner with COTC on this exciting initiative.”

Coshocton County residents who apply to COTC, are admitted and complete the FAFSA are automatically considered for the Coshocton Promise. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by the Feb. 1, 2019 priority filing date. Visit or call the COTC Coshocton Campus Admission Office at 740-622-1408.


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