Financial Assistance for students attending 600+ hour programs is available from a variety of sources. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a full-time (Career Development) program.

Federal Financial Aid

PELL GRANT (FAFSA) – Based on need. No repayment. Need help with completing your FAFSA? Watch this video!

DIRECT SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN – Based on need and repayment begins six months after you leave school. The maximum amount for the first year is $3,500* for both independent and dependent students.

DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN – Not need-based and repayment begins six months after you leave school. The maximum amount for the first year is $9,500* less any subsidized money for independent students; and $9,500* less any subsidized money for dependent students.

DIRECT PLUS LOAN – For parents of dependent students only. Not need-based and repayment can be postponed until six months after the student leaves school. Maximum amount may not exceed the total cost of attendance less any other aid to be received.

*Amounts shown are based on a full-time program of 900 hours. Awards will be prorated accordingly for programs with less than 900 hours.

Loan Counseling

Recipients of the Federal Direct Student Loans are required by federal regulations to complete entrance and exit loan-counseling sessions. Entrance counseling sessions must be completed prior to the student receiving the loan proceeds. Exit counseling sessions must be completed at the time of graduation or when a student leaves school. A hold will be placed on your Apollo Career Center records if you fail to complete exit counseling.

Additional Options

Private Loan

Private student loans are offered through private lenders and should only be used after all federal loan eligibility has been exhausted. These loans are in the student’s name but may require a cosigner and a credit check of the cosigner to determine eligibility.

FASTChoice is a list of recommended lenders; you are not limited to the lenders listed. If you choose to work with a lender that is not listed, please notify us so we may process your loan promptly.

OhioMeansJobs Workforce Revolving (SB1) Loan

SB1 Revolving Loan is an option available for Truck Driving CDL-A, Truck Driving/Heavy Equipment combo and Concrete Technology.

Veterans Educational Benefits

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

Trade Adjustment Act

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Scholarship Opportunities

Various Business Partners have teamed up with the Apollo Foundation to provide scholarships to Apollo students that are working towards completion of Certificate training programs that will lead to a skilled career. Students are required to successfully complete at least 3 months of their program before they are eligible to apply.

If you live or work in Allen County, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Lima Rotary Club.

Financial Aid Manager


Phone: (419) 998-2990
Fax: (419) 998-2994

The Financial Aid Manager meets with all interested prospective Apollo students individually to direct them through the various steps of acquiring financial aid whether through government grants, loans, existing government programs, etc. on an as-needed basis.

Financial Aid Office Hours

Regular Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evening Hours

10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, July 1st
Thursday, July 11th
Monday, July 15th
Thursday, July 25th
Monday, July 29th
Monday, August 5th
Monday, August 12th
Thursday, August 15th
Thursday, August 29th
Thursday, September 5th
Thursday, September 12th
Monday, September 16th
Monday, September 23rd