Paying for College

Finding Ways to Pay for College

With the costs of higher education on the rise, one of the biggest questions for high school students planning for college is: “How am I going to pay for it?”  Don’t get discouraged. There are lots of ways to pay for college.

  • Financial Aid
    Financial Aid includes any money to help with college expenses and is awarded based on financial need. The Federal Student Aid (FSA) program from the U.S. Department of Education provides financial help to students unable to afford the entire cost of their college education. This program offers the largest source of aid in America and is awarded based on financial need in the form of grants, loans and work-study programs. More information about Federal Student Aid and how to apply can be found at
  • Grants and Scholarships
    The great thing about grants is that they don’t have to be repaid. They are typically awarded based on an individual student’s financial need and are mostly awarded by the government or by individual colleges. Scholarships also aren’t repaid, but they are usually awarded based on merit. 
  • Co-Ops, Internships and Student Employment.
    Need some money? Get a job! Living at home and getting a part-time job to help cover the cost of your expenses is a great way to pay for college. Work-study programs are also available to help students meet the cost of higher education, and also provide the added benefit of valuable work experience. 
  • Pinching Pennies - Managing Your Money
    It’s never too late to start setting aside your pennies. If you’re a high school student with a part-time job, make every effort to set aside some of your earnings to help you cover your college expenses. When you get there, you’ll quickly learn that every little bit helps!
  • Student Loans
    Many college students use student loans as a way to cover the portion of their college expenses not covered by grants, scholarships, savings and other programs. They can be taken out by the student or parents and can come from a variety of sources government, college, or private sources.
  • Look for Affordable Options
    Consider the community college option. Get an affordable college start by taking your first two years of classes at Lorain County Community College. The cost savings will make a huge impact on your student loan debt when you graduate, and will greatly expand your educational possibilities if college expenses present a challenge.

For more information about Student Aid Programs at Lorain County Community College, visit

KnowHow2Go also provides some helpful information about your financial aid options, college costs, and specific forms of aid. For more information, visit



Extended Hours

Enrollment and Financial Services, located on the first floor of the Bass Library, will offer extended hours through August including some Saturday hours. 

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Register Today!

Register today for Fall classes. Classes begin August 25. Click here to learn more and register now! 

Convocation Office Closure

All LCCC offices will be closed 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 for Convocation.

Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
Click here to learn more and register.

Campus Tours

Tours for new and prospective LCCC student will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 4 p.m. on Thursdays through August 21. This is a great way to become familiar with campus and find classes for the upcoming semester. No registration is necessary. Simply show up at the Student Life desk on the second floor of College Center.


Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014 and spring 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 

Lorain County WIN

LCCC and the JVS have launched Lorain County WIN (Workforce Innovation Network), a new partnership providing workforce training to Lorain County. Learn more at

Hours of Operation

Please note that campus service hours have been adjusted for summer semester. For a list of updated service hours, please visit