The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (School CODE 010906) offers various types of financial aid, the only application needed at CCMS is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov, through this application you are applying for the following type of aid:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant
- Ohio College Opportunity Grant
- CCMS Grant - 2nd & 4th quarters only
- Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP) for student loans
- Approved VA Benefits
How to get Financial Aid
Step One - Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the FAFSA, the Dept. of Education web site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application requires a dept. of education "pin" number which can be ordered from the site. You will also want to put the CCMS school code (010906) on this application when prompted for your desired school. E-sign with your "pin" number. If parental information and signature are required, it is recommended that your parent apply for a "pin" number also.
Step Two - Review your Financial Aid Offers
You will be notified by email when your award is ready to view. From here you need to accept/deny/adjust your grants and/or loans. CCMS awards every student to their maximum eligibility, your eligibility may change when you reapply for aid for the last quarters of your program. Please consider the necessity of accepting the full amount of loans before you accept your full aid package.
Step Three - Complete Loan Counseling & Note Signature(s)
Entrance Counseling is a required information session explaining your rights and responsibilities in assuming a student loan. Continue to the Direct Loan website, if you need to sign a promissory note, the site will take you to the appropriate section to complete the process. You are not finished until you have reached the page that indicates that you have successfully completed a promissory note.
Step Four - Loan Exit Counseling
If you have had any Stafford loans during your enrollment, you will need to complete a session of Exit Counseling before leaving school. This can be done any time after the mid term of your last quarter. Loan Exit Counseling is also at the Direct Loan website.
Financial Aid Limitations and Overawards
There are limits to the amount of financial assistance a student can receive. All student assistance is held to the Financial Aid Office - determined cost of attendance budget for the given year. This is determined by your tuition amount, fees, and an average allowance for housing, food, books and supplies, and other non-tuition, educational expenses based on students in your general situation.
The total financial aid package - to include all types of aid received - must remain within the cost budget. It is therefore important that you notify the Financial Aid Office of any scholarship, assistance or loan funding that does not appear as part of your aid package. By doing so early you reduce the risk of having aid adjusted after funds have been received.
Need More Aid?
Many students need additional money for educational expenses. Private Education Loans are available and CCMS has several lenders and their information available for you to choose and compare. This link Alternative Education Loans
will direct you through the online process of applying and signing for these loans.
Parent Plus Loans
are available to supplement the cost of attendance and can be applied for, approved and signed for with your parent's Department of Education "pin" number.
The Ohio Embalmers Association has a scholarship available to Ohio students only. For more information please contact Mr. David Hicks. You can also download an application for the Ohio Embalmers Association Scholarship here.
OFDA - Ohio Funeral Directors Association Scholarship
Applications are available in May for current students entering in the fall. Interviews are in July and awards are determined by August. Applicants must be an Ohio resident with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Scholarships are paid the last two terms of enrollment. For applications contact Melissa Sullivan at Melissa@ofdaonline.org
Other scholarships are available through the following organizations:
Additional Financial Aid Resources
College Work Program
Two students from each incoming class will have the opportunity to apply for Clinical Lab Assistant positions. Those who apply for these positions and are chosen on the basis of need, academic ability, and interest. Information is available from the Director of the Clinical Program. Please contact the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science for more information and an application.
Many students make arrangements with local funeral homes for part-time employment while they attend CCMS. These arrangements vary widely with regard to pay, working conditions, and living accommodations. Applicants for these positions may obtain a list of funeral homes from CCMS well in advance of registration. The funeral homes select personnel on a first-come, first-served basis. CCMS does not guarantee employment or endorse particular firms. It is the student's responsibility to find employment. In addition to funeral home employment, there are opportunities in the greater Cincinnati area in hospitals, convalescent homes, department stores, hotels, businesses, and industry. Students should not sacrifice study time unless there is absolute financial need. The CCMS coursework requires the full-time effort of most students.
contact CCMS Financial Aid Office .