Numerous sources show that the more education you have, the more money you earn (here's one chart). In a down economy, many Americans turn unemployment into an opportunity to return to school. The best time for a worker to start higher education or professional development classes is at the beginning of their unemployment benefits period. Ohio can help you find a program that fits your needs, plus financial aid to help pay for your education or training.
Know the terminology
- Know the Lingo - A handy list of different college types, degrees, financial aid terminology, and more.
Research the job market
- Ohio Means Jobs - Search for job opportunities from Ohio employers, national commercial job boards and niche industries.
- Ohio Labor Market Information - A useful list of career exploration tools and Ohio job market information.
- Ohio Employment Projections - From the Department of Job and Family Services
- Career Exploration (Ohio Labor Market Information) - Provides information for job hunters and those considering career changes. View job postings, training options, average wages, expected average openings and related occupations.
Choose a school or training program
- Ohio Public Colleges & Universities - This map shows Ohio's 14 public universities (including 24 regional branch campuses), 23 community colleges, and adult workforce network program locations throughout the state.
Find financial aid for education
- Grants and Scholarships - University System of Ohio students have a number of ways to lower the cost of sticker price tuition. Grants and scholarships are awards that directly lower students' out-of-pocket education costs, and generally do not have to be repaid. Click this link to find out more.
- Opportunity.gov - A list of financial assistance resources for students.
- American Opportunity Credit - Parents and students may qualify for a tax credit to pay for college expenses.
Get personalized help
- Financial Aid Offices Contact Information - Ohio college and university financial aid offices are available to help students complete the FAFSA, to answer any questions they may have regarding financial aid or eligibility.
- College Access Information Hotline - University System of Ohio personnel can help guide you towards information on college preparation, financial aid resources, scholarship opportunities, credit transfer, and more.
- Ohio's One-Stop System - Job seeking customers can expect services such as resource rooms, job-related workshops, supportive services, individual training accounts, and other activities that match job seekers to employment. You can also find out about Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding available for education and job training
- The Ohio Benefit Bank - Representatives can assist you in filling out the FAFSA, applying for tax credits and public benefits for workers, and more.