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You can remain competitive in today’s workforce by completing a degree or credential and Rhodes State can help you.  It is critical to the continued economic well-being of Ohio that more residents earn a degree or credential.  To reach this goal, the Ohio Department of Higher Education created the Second Chance Grant  for students previously enrolled who want to finish a degree or credential. 

The ODHE will begin taking new applications after June 30, 2024


  • $2,000 Second Chance Grant per semester for up to one year
  • Starts Fall Semester 2024
  • Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted
  • Awarded on a first-come first-serve basis
  • Grants shall be applied against the student’s cost of attendance after any federal or state need-based grants have been accepted and applied
  • Students receiving state supported scholarships (Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, War Orphans and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Program, or Ohio National Guard Scholarship) are not eligible for Second Chance grants
  • If any amount of the $2,000 Second Chance Grant remains after applying it to the student’s cost of attendance for the semester, the remaining balance shall be applied to next semester in which the student is enrolled and the Second Chance Grant program is operating


To be eligible students must:

  • be a resident of the state of Ohio
  • not have obtained a bachelor’s degree from any institution of higher education
  • have “stopped out” from an Ohio public university or community college and not transferred to another institution of higher education in the three semesters (four quarters) immediately following the disenrollment
  • be in good academic standing with no record of disciplinary issues (including suspension or expulsion) at the time of disenrollment
  • enroll in a qualifying institution within five years of their disenrollment
  • Start classes on or after August 2024
  • not be currently enrolled in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for any federal and state need-based grants and/or scholarships to which the student would be entitled as verified by the receiving institution
  • pursue a credential or degree beyond that which they already possess (i.e., If the student possesses an associate degree, the student is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.)
  • not be receiving one of the following state supported scholarships: Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, War Orphans and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Program, or Ohio National Guard Scholarship

Academic Programs of Interest

Addiction Services Certificate
Agricultural Business Certificate
Agriculture Robotics and Intelligence Certificate
Agronomy Certificate
Cardiographic Technician
Concrete Technician Certificate
Cyber Security Certificate
Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate
Digital Marketing
Digital Media Technology Certificate
Electronic Engineering Technology
ESports Management and Coaching Certificate
Human Resource Management Certificate
Human Service
Laboratory Science Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Medical Assisting Certificate
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
Nurse Assistant Certificate
One Year Maintenance Certificate
Paramedic Certificate
Phlebotomy Certificate
Practical Nursing
Prescription Mapping in Agriculture
Project Management Certificate
Red Hat Systems Administrator Certificate
Supply Chain Management Certificate
Web Programming/Computer Programming Certificate

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