At Owens Community College, your success is our mission. Whether you are working on your degree to get a new job, to get a better job or to transfer to a four-year college or university, we want to help you succeed.

To help you reduce the time and cost of achieving an associate degree, we've created a Tuition Guarantee that locks in your tuition. Our goal is to help you get into the workforce or transfer more quickly, so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Program Requirements

All associate degree-seeking; new, continuing or returning Ohio residents and reciprocity students who enroll for at least 15 credits in Fall Semester or Spring Semester will be guaranteed no increase in tuition and general and instructional fees so long as they comply with the requirements of the program.

Tuition and fees are based on rates in effect during the semester the student enrolls full time.

Students must commit to:

  • Maintaining continuous, full-time enrollment (at least 15 credit hours) in fall and spring semesters for three years or until they complete their degree, whichever comes first.
  • Signing a Pledge commitment form.
  • Creating an academic plan with their Owens Advisor.
  • The Pledge can be found on the Student Information card in your Ozone account.
    • Click Menuin the upper left corner, then select Discover.
      Or
      Click Discover More button at the bottom of your dashboard.
    • Search for tuition guarantee and the Student Information card should display in the results.
    • Under Tuition Guarantee, click on Tuition Guarantee Pledge. You may need to scroll down.

How does the program work?

Students will be charged the current tuition rate at the time of registration and will be guaranteed that rate for up to three consecutive academic years. If tuition increases while you are in the program, you will pay the new increased rate. If you meet all program requirements, you will be refunded the difference between the increased rate and your guaranteed rate at the end of each semester. If your tuition is paid by a third-party or non-refundable scholarship, the third-party or donor will be refunded.

How long is the tuition rate guaranteed?

The duration of this program shall be three consecutive academic years from the beginning of enrollment in the program.

Do I have to be an Ohio resident to participate in the program?

Yes, you must be considered an Ohio resident or a reciprocity student to participate in the program. If you are unsure of your status, you can speak with someone in Oserve.

Do I have to sign a Pledge?

Yes, this Pledge is part of your commitment toward meeting the program criteria and must be completed on your Ozone account by the 14th day of your first semester in this program.

The Pledge can be found at on Student Information card in your Ozone account.

  • Click Menuin the upper left corner, then select Discover.
    Or
    Click Discover More button at the bottom of your dashboard.
  • Search for tuition guarantee and the Student Information card should display in the results.
  • Under Tuition Guarantee, click on Tuition Guarantee Pledge. You may need to scroll down.

What is an academic plan and when must it be created by?

An academic plan lists the courses needed to complete your selected academic program in the order they need to be taken.

Your advisor can help you create this plan, which must be completed by the end of the second semester of enrollment in this program.

 How do I find out who my advisor is?

You can find your Academic Advisor by logging into Ozone and locating the Advisor and Advocate card, or call (567) 661-2387 for assistance.

  1. From your Ozone account, click Menuin the upper left corner, then select Discover.
    Or
    Click Discover More button at the bottom of your dashboard.
  2. Search for advisor and the Advisor and Advocate card should display in the results.
  3. Click Contact Advising/Oserve, on the bottom right corner of the card.



  4. A new tab will open with your Academic Advisor and Oserve Advocate’s contact information.

    If you would like to add this card to your dashboard, click the icon at the bottom of the card.
    Note: If the card has theicon showing, it is already displaying on your dashboard.

Can I attend in the summer?

Summer enrollment is optional and is not considered a break from the program. Students who choose to enroll in a Summer semester will pay the frozen rate if attending full time.

Can I take developmental education courses while in the program?

Yes, you are eligible to take developmental education courses and they are counted toward your enrollment of at least 15 credits.

What if I finish my program in less than three years?

There is no penalty for completing your degree in less than three years.

What if it takes longer than three years to finish my program?

Courses taken after the end of the program will be at the tuition rate in effect at that time.

What if I can't get my classes because they are not offered or full?

The College will make every effort to assist students with enrollment in an alternate course to ensure students are enrolled the required hours. These situations will be reviewed and documented by the Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee.

What if I don't enroll full time?

Students who do not maintain at least 15 credit hours for fall and spring semesters are not eligible for the program and will be charged the current rate of tuition for that semester.

What if I am in the military and am called up?

Students who have to withdraw due to military call-up will not be impacted by the consecutive year requirements of this program. Upon returning to Owens, these students will receive the opportunity to re-engage in the program and to complete the remaining semesters (up to 9 semesters in total) of the program.



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