COTC to Offer More than $1 Million in Scholarships


Get career training help for job loss and financial challenges from COVID-19 

NEWARK, Ohio, April 16, 2020 — Community members who have lost their jobs or are facing financial challenges or hardships due to COVID-19 can get financial help for career training from Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). More than $1 million in scholarships will be available to help new students, those transferring from another institution and continuing students, with a special allocation specifically for displaced workers impacted by the pandemic. These scholarships combined with other forms of financial aid can be used for tuition and books as well as living expenses. In some cases, students could receive enough funding to cover 100% of their tuition and have funds left to assist with living expenses. Scholarships are available for the 2020-2021 academic year, which begins with the opening of COTC’s summer semester on May 11. Learn more about scholarships, steps to enroll and COTC’s academic programs at

“If you’ve lost your job or need to train for a new career – even if you’ve never thought about going to college – we want you to know that COTC is here to help you,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD.

All students who apply, are admitted to COTC and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will automatically be considered for scholarships; there is no separate scholarship application to complete. Regular admission to a degree or certificate program is open to all who have earned a high school diploma, completed homeschooling at the secondary level or passed the General Education Development (GED) test. COTC may also grant prior-learning credit for certain life and career experiences.

To be eligible for scholarships, take these steps:

  • Community members who have never attended COTC will need to submit the free application for admission at
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as soon as possible.
  • Enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per semester in a degree or certificate program.

COTC is accepting applications for summer semester 2020, which begins on May 11, and autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Class registration for COTC’s summer semester is now open and will continue until the first day of classes. Due to COVID-19, all courses and student services will continue to be delivered in a remote format indefinitely. To speak with an admissions counselor, email to or call any of COTC’s four campus locations:

Newark: 740.366.9222
Coshocton: 740.622.1408
Knox: 740.392.2526
Pataskala: 740.755.7090

Learn more at

COTC graduates enter the workforce fast

COTC offers both certificate programs that can be completed in as little as one or two semesters and two-year associate degrees. The college’s in-demand programs offer training in some of the fastest-growing careers in the state, including healthcare, business and IT, engineering, and public services and safety.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.